I want therapy, but I don’t want my parents to know.

Okay, here’s the deal about that.  If you're over 12, no problem. You can start therapy without your parents knowing, as long as you are the one paying for it, and as long as there's a good reason not to involve them. For those of you younger than 12, the problem is the law.  It says that minors under the age of 12 can’t consent to their own treatment, including mental health.  You have to have parental consent (or consent from your legal guardian).  There are two exceptions to the rule:

  1. You are being hurt by an adult.
  2. Without therapy, you might do something very dangerous to yourself or others and telling your parents would make it worse.

If either of these is true for you, you do not need your parent’s or guardian’s consent.  You can call a therapist yourself, but you are responsible for paying the therapist somehow for the sessions.

Now, pay attention to this next thing, because it’s really important:
BEING PREGNANT IS NOT A REASON TO SKIP OVER PARENTAL CONSENT, unless you are pregnant by an adult.  If you are pregnant (but not by an adult) and you want to talk to a therapist about it, you still have to get parental consent.  It’s the law.

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