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How to talk to a therapist without your parents knowing?

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Last Updated: 01/01/2021 at 11:39pm
How to talk to a therapist without your parents knowing?
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HereToHelpYou742
May 18th, 2016 2:04am
There's many options if you live in the US then you have to be over 13 years of age yo see a mental health professional. They may ask why you don't want your parents involvement, such as my parents don't believe in therapy to they don't want to get me help. If you are in school talk to your school counselor most have the same license as a therapist in private practice. If you find a therapist try to find on under your insurance plan that could help cover it make sure to bring the card with you.
Anonymous
May 19th, 2016 7:32pm
I think unless you over the age of 18, or have some guardian with you then its very hard to a therapist without parental concent
maddybear01
May 20th, 2016 12:59am
Depending on your age, see if your school does some kind of free counseling. I know that my high school has therapists that will see students during their study hall/free period. If you are in college, I think most colleges have free/cheap counseling in the human services/development center.
truefriend123
May 20th, 2016 2:40pm
I will always suggest to talk to your parent about it! These people are always there for you! but you can always say that you're going to a friend
Anonymous
May 20th, 2016 6:03pm
If you are over 18, you do not need to get parents consent. If you are under 18, there is confidentiality, at least in the US, you can call our provider and set up an appointment without your parents knowing.
Anonymous
August 2nd, 2016 9:54am
This one is rather easy, don't tell your parents. Although at some point they should know you're getting help
GentleBlizzard
September 13th, 2016 5:23am
Schools usually have counsellors that you can confide in. They often help, while trying to keep things discreet!
1youarebeautiful1
September 18th, 2016 4:40pm
I talked to a therapist by online therapy program in my country, so my mum didn't know anything about it.
Hayles0111
September 23rd, 2016 10:31pm
If your under the age of 18 is highly unlikely that you could tell your therapist something and them to not tell your parents.
MissLayla222
September 24th, 2016 5:23pm
Well if you are over 18+, your parents dont really have to know. Just talk to your doctor and see if your insurance covers therapy. And even if it doesnt, there are plenty of support groups and volunteer centers that are for free
BeyondEmpathy
September 28th, 2016 12:03pm
A therapist / counsellor will be able to advise you on this within your first session regarding this. Often unless you share something that is concerning regarding yourself or another or regarding a criminal act all information shared will be private or confidential. Most therapists would discuss with you prior to being shared so you will always know whats happening.
Anonymous
September 30th, 2016 5:18pm
You can talk to a therapist online or on a phone call. Email the therapist as well. Or even send a letter, there are numerous amounts of ways.
blissfulForever28
September 30th, 2016 11:10pm
Find a community therapist that does free therapy and start. As a therapist all you info remains private and they are not allowed to contact your parents
Anonymous
October 5th, 2016 3:56am
There may be pro-bono therapists in your area; look at college websites that offer classes in mental health and see if they have student therapists that work for cheap or free. Some areas offer free group support meeting for various causes, and some of those groups meet regularly at public places like the YMCA or community buildings that would be completely justifiable to visit for any reason. Similarly, you may want to ask your school counselor or school principal what the school's policy is on confidentality in school counseling. In most cases, school counselors will abide by confidentality unless the topic involves immediate danger to either yourself or someone you know.
Yanaiz
October 5th, 2016 1:48pm
If something is actually wrong, you need to let your parents know about it, because they can really help! But if you seriously don't want them to know, try talking to a close friend about it, or even come on 7cups. We have certified listeners and online therapists. :)
Jordanc11
October 5th, 2016 2:00pm
you can try online therapy though 7 cups , inbox me and I can send you the link. no one has to know then and all therapists can be hidden if its free or go to the doctors and they can refer you which your parents wouldn't have to know about
peacefairy
October 6th, 2016 10:31am
To talk a therapist without parents knowing is through 7 Cups.its the best way to share and got your positive back
coffeekitten14
October 7th, 2016 12:37pm
You could try an online therapist or your school counselor. I suggest, thought going to your parents or a trusted adult first because they care about you and most of the time they just want to help.
Peter
October 10th, 2016 8:51pm
You can not see a therapist face to face without your parents knowing. They best way to connect with a therapist without you parents knowing is using 7 Cups.
Anonymous
October 12th, 2016 11:08pm
See if there are any online therapists you could talk to, but remember that having other people support you is always helpful as well.
Anonymous
October 14th, 2016 10:20am
Ask your favorite teacher that your really close to, to help you get a appointment with a therapist...or ask a family member or a family friend
NyxCain
October 16th, 2016 11:04pm
It depends on your resources. There are cheap therapists that you could probably afford if you have transportation. Most school districts also have psychologists inside most if not all of the schools who you can talk to for free without them being able to talk to your parents without permission (unless you threaten to hurt yourself or others)
Anonymous
October 19th, 2016 11:14pm
7 Cups of Tea is online therapy with live, real people listening to you and helping you. You're on now!
Anonymous
October 22nd, 2016 5:03pm
In most schools they offer therapists for pupils which is confidential I'm sure if you asked the school wouldn't have to say to your carers
RayvenNightfall
October 24th, 2016 8:30pm
you can see if you can speak to the one in your school if your school has one or you can look for one online
Anonymous
October 26th, 2016 11:57am
If you are 18 years old or so, you can look for a proper therapist without your parents knowing. If you are under 18, then I think you need a tutor/parent. But have you considered about talking to one of your parents about how you feel and that you need some professional help?
TheIrrationalBuddhist20
October 28th, 2016 2:51am
The thing is, your parents will find out because therapy costs money. Unless you don't live with your parents, the best thing you can do is to tell them you would like to see one.
TheRealMadison
October 28th, 2016 12:14pm
Ive done this before, you can talk to youre school counselor, and the chances of them being able to hook you up with a therapist are high. theres always someone willing to reach out.
MessengerOfPeace01
November 3rd, 2016 1:46pm
Honesty is always better, so telling your parents would be the better thing to do, but if assumed that this case is not possible then just simple make up a white lie to cover up your absence while you are seeing a therapist.
Butterfly121
November 4th, 2016 12:51am
Talking to a therapist without your parents being informed can be difficult, especially if you are underaged as a lot of therapy places Ive seen require some form of parental consent for minors. If youre desperate for them not to know, there are online places, or hotlines, or you could get an older relative you trust to vouch for you if need be