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Counseling Fundamentals

The "Fundamentals" of Counseling are basic skills, knowledge, and concepts that successful counseling is built upon.
The "Fundamentals" of Counseling are basic skills, knowledge, and concepts that successful counseling is built upon.
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Questions and Answers

David Klein
David Klein
Humanistic, LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples

Yes, if crying is how you are expressing an emotion, then not only would it be normal, but hopefully encouraged, because it's an important part of therapy to have a safe space to express your emotions. We might encourage you to put words to the tears as well, to help you expand on your experience... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Shirvington Hannays
Shirvington Hannays
Certified Addiction Counsellor

The simple answer would be yes it is normal for people to cry during therapy. The main reason is that therapy should be a SAFE space for the client to feel secure to be venerable.However, more important than a yes or no answer to the question it mihght be insightful for you to consider exploring the... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Bobbi Van Brummelen
Bobbi Van Brummelen
Pursuit Counselling

In therapy you can expect to talk about your emotions. Sometimes difficult emotions come up, therefore it is very normal to cry at therapy.

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Debbie Murad
Debbie Murad
Holistic Psychotherapist

It is completely normal and it is also healthy! When you cry, it shows that you are feeling emotional safe in the relationship. Our emotions are meant to be expressed. If ignored, they haunt and may develop into long term problems such as healthy conditions. There are no wrong emotions. Once felt... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Kelly Garrity, LMFT
Kelly Garrity, LMFT
THERAPY FOR CLARITY

Not only is it normal and natural to cry in therapy, but it can in fact be so healthy and helpful! Being vulnerable in this way - crying as your therapist supports you - is in part what can allow you to heal the hurt behind the tears.My wish for you is that you learn that crying is not only okay... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Brandon Shurn
Brandon Shurn
Here to EmPower You

Knowing you have the right therapist will depend largely on what you are looking for. What type of personality do you have? What are you seeking therapeutic services for? Another critical question to consider is "what do I expect from my therapist?" Having a solid grasp of those questions would... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide.   If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Kelly Garrity, LMFT
Kelly Garrity, LMFT
THERAPY FOR CLARITY

Finding "the right therapist" is about both feel and fit. A skilled therapist should be at a minimum 2 things: An accurate mirrorA good explanatory voiceAs an "accurate mirror", he or she should be able to help you clarify your thoughts, feelings, values, etc - helping you gain perspective on... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Natalie Jimenez, M.A., Ed.S., LMFT
Natalie Jimenez, M.A., Ed.S., LMFT
Courage To Shine Counseling

You'll know that you have the right therapist if you feel understood, heard, and connected with her/him. Research supports that no matter what training the therapist has, the therapeutic relationship is the best predictor of success in therapy. Not every therapist is going to be a good fit for... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Brandon Shurn
Brandon Shurn
Here to EmPower You

This will depend on whether you make the attempt to tackle them all at once (something I would strongly recommend against). Here are a number of things you can do in order to maximize therapy. First, identify which of the issues that you listed is the most pressing. Second, decide if this is the... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide.   If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Amber Harris
Amber Harris
Life Can Suck, Let's Talk About It.

No, you do not have too many issues to address in counseling. A lot of people present with multiple issues they want to address, and that shows good insight. Usually in therapy you find that everything is connected together, and the issues are more intertwined than previous thought. 

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.