Date Available


Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Family Sciences (MSFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Family Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Trent S. Parker


Therapist self-disclosure is an important topic and the literature explains that how a therapist responds to their client can greatly impact the treatment process and therapeutic alliance. One of the ways that therapists respond to their clients is through crying. Although there have been studies that conclude that the majority of therapists do in fact cry in therapy, no studies have tried to understand how this response is perceived by clients. This qualitative study aims to understand the client’s perspective and how therapists’ crying affects the treatment process and therapeutic alliance. The informants in this study were adolescent females who attended a particular therapeutic treatment center. Data was collected through a series of semi-structured interviews. Data was analyzed through a grounded theory approach in which open, axial, and selective coding was used. The results from this study indicate that therapists crying in therapy can be perceived as both beneficial and detrimental in regards to the treatment process and therapeutic alliance.

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Counseling Commons