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Question Therapy? - April 4th 2011, 03:18 AM

I don't know if this should go here. But I feel like I need a therapist. Just to talk over things. I'm going through kind of a difficult time right now, and I want to talk to someone. Is there any kind of online therapy/therapist I could do? I want to deal with this on my own and to not tell my parents until I have better control of it. Any help/resources?


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Re: Therapy? - April 4th 2011, 03:30 AM

First off, and yes this is relevant, how old are you? At and above the age of 16 in most places you can do anything medical without having to let your parents know.

I'm pretty sure online therapy doesn't really exist because part of the point is to form an emotional bond with your therapist, something that is much easier to do face to face. Good places to look for a therapist are your school, doctors office, see if you can find local ones in your phonebook or online, etc.. I'm sure when you really need to get something off your chest you could even phone a helpline, they aren't only for emergencies after all.money

If youre worried about money I know some areas have an office that offers free therapy, the only issue is you don't get the same person each time and its walk-in only so you have to wait.

I hope I was able to help, good luck!


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Re: Therapy? - April 4th 2011, 04:05 AM

As stated above, ages 16+ can receive medical treatment without notifying parents, and at any age (in Canada at least), you have the right to doctor-patient confidentiality. You can ask your medical provider to withheld information from your parents, if you wish to, even when you're a minor.

You can try looking for a free clinic if money is the issue. Alternatively, if you're in school, you could also talk to a trusted teacher or school counselor. My high school counselor helped me a lot when I was troubled (: If you don't feel comfortable and wish to be anonymous, maybe you could try a free helpline? In Canada, there is a non-profit organization called Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868). It's completely free and anonymous. It won't be like a traditional therapy session, but you'll have someone to let everything off your chest. I think they offer online help too, if you're not in Canada. Best wishes to you. Hope your situations improve!
   
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Re: Therapy? - April 4th 2011, 05:17 AM

Actually, guys, it's 18+ in the US, if I'm not mistaken.

Nonetheless, I agree with all of the points made above, but your area may not give you confidentiality until you're 18. You can always look up your state/country's confidentiality agreements online. Also, you COULD phone a local therapist and talk to them. Most therapists do NOT have e-mail addresses, from what I've seen.


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