As a minor, how much of what I tell a therapist will my parents hear? Recently my parents have discovered I struggle with self-injury. After discovering this, they are going to send me to see a therapist to help with the issue. They, of course, know I struggle with self-injury, but I would prefer if they did not hear about it if I tell the therapist when I self-injure. Is this possible, or is it required that they inform my parents when I cut? As a minor, do I have any confidentiality from my parents?

A: Excellent question and an important concern to bring up in your first session with your therapist. Watch the full answer below.

Take good care of yourself!
Julie Hanks, LCSW




Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 Mar 2012

APA Reference
Hanks, J. (2012). [Video] How Much Will My Therapist Tell My Parents About My Self-Injury?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 26, 2015, from