If you’re over 18, therapists will keep your identity confidential-- they can’t directly tell your parents that you’re in therapy. However, if you’re still using your parents’ insurance, your therapy appointments might show up on their insurance bill. Some insurance companies will withhold this information from your parents upon request; if you’re worried about it, try calling your insurance to explain the situation and ask if they can send the explanation of benefits (EOB) directly to you instead of your parents.

If your insurance company can’t send you the EOB, or you’d like to avoid using insurance altogether, you could always consider seeing an out-of-network provider! If you’re on a budget, look for providers that offer sliding scale options.