Hi, I've been working with a TMS therapist for about a year now. She has been great. I went to four other therapists before I found her and she's the only one that has managed to help me really feel my emotions. There have been some instances where she has sensed that I'm feeling emotional and has asked me what it is that I'm feeling. In these instances, the particular emotion has been very strong and overwhelming. I feel like crying and it's difficult not to. Sometimes I do cry and then I feel like I've burdened her. In trying to identify the emotion, I can't just say what I'm feeling. But I tell her about other times that I've felt similar. One instance is when I was a child (about 8 or so) and I was struggling with math. My mother would always punish me for my low math grades. I got spankings for bad grades 2 or 3 times per week for a long time. One day my step-father sat down and helped me with my math. He just helped me. I felt overwhelmed by this for some reason and began crying. He asked me why and I said I didn't know. I really didn't. Another time I felt this way was right after my divorce. I went to see a doctor because I was worried about some symptoms I was having. He talked to me a little bit. He knew my family and I told him about the divorce. He expressed his sympathies and then he looked at me and said that I shouldn't worry and that everything was going to be okay. I felt overwhelmed and had to fight back tears. It was almost impossible. The feeling was very strong and it was similar to the one I had when my step-father helped me with my homework. But I can't give a name to the feeling. Why would someone cry when another person tries to reassure them or help them? Also, my therapist asks me why I hold back tears in our sessions. Why do I resist crying? That's a good question, I guess. I told her that I didn't want to spend the entire 60-minute session crying. I'm getting better at just letting the tears flow, but it's difficult.