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Is it normal to cry after therapy? - Carers UK Forum

Is it normal to cry after therapy?

For issues specific to caring for someone with mental ill health.
My therapist is not making me cry, she's a very sweet lady who has done nothing but listen, validate, and help me. I've had three sessions with her so far.

I don't really know why I do this, but after my hour with my therapist, I close my computer (tele-health appointment), curl up in my bed and just sob my eyes out for 5 to 10 minutes. I usually feel a lot better after doing so, so I guess it's not a bad thing, but it does catch me by surprise every time it happens because I'm not normally a crier.
Thoughts?
Marky,
I would say it is a good thing, much better than holding in the emotions. People often do cry in therapy, that's why in their offices they always have a box of tissues. Sounds to me like you hold in your tears until afterwards and prefer to cry in private. Have you told your therapist that this happens? I'm sure she'll be able to reassure you about it.

Melly1
I'd say it's a perfectly normal reaction - it's your subconscious letting go of your pent up emotions.

Many years ago I used to regularly attend Yoga classes as much for stress relieve (I had a very stressful job at the time) as for exercise, at the end of the session we would all do a particular relaxion exercise to wind down after the class - without fail 2 or 3 of us (me included) would end up in tears.