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Re: Therapist crying

Posted by Elle2021 on July 13, 2004, at 19:01:59

In reply to Therapist crying, posted by pegasus on July 13, 2004, at 15:55:39

I too fight crying in therapy. I feel if I cry it shows how incredibly weak I actually am, and we really can't let anyone find that out... ugh.

On the other hand, I'm studying to be a therapist, and I just finished a class where we went over various therapeutic approaches. The professor was/is a therapist, and mentioned that when clients told/tell her sad things, she doesn't hold back the tears. For me, this would be exceedingly awkward. I wouldn't know how to react to something like that. Then, I thought to myself that being as overly-sensitive as I am, I would probably cry at sad things clients disclose to me too. I think it really depends on the person and their personality. I like to think I'm fairly good at disguising my emotions (I've had a lot of practice).

I think I can relate to your feelings about feeling validated by her tears, but also feeling awkward about it. My therapist has never cried in front of me, I hope she never does. I need at least one of us to be anchored.





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