How do I talk to my parents/caregivers about seeing a therapist?

Written by Violaine Guéritault, Ph.D.

Sometimes we are more afraid of having a conversation with our parents than we need to be. Oftentimes we imagine that their reaction will be different than it actually turns out to be. The easiest way to ask to see a therapist is to be clear and direct.

  • “I think it may be good for me to talk to a therapist because I have been feeling….”
  • “Maybe it would be helpful for me to have another adult to talk to”
  • “My friend started seeing a therapist lately and said it was really helpful. I think I may like to try that, too.”

Remember, seeing a therapist is more common than ever and you have no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed. Nothing needs to be “wrong” for you to see a therapist, sometimes it is just good to have a neutral person to talk to.