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If a teen has psychotherapy, will everything remain private or does the therapist have to talk to parents if they ask?

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In brief: Maybe

Usually, confidentiality is fairly comprehensive.
The therapist may, however, breach confidentiality in cases where the safety of the patient or of others may be, in the therapist's best professional judgement, be compromised.

In brief: Maybe

Usually, confidentiality is fairly comprehensive.
The therapist may, however, breach confidentiality in cases where the safety of the patient or of others may be, in the therapist's best professional judgement, be compromised.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Glen Elliott
The therapist is there to help the adolescent. If the adolescent is engaging in behaviors that are especially risky (suicidality, threats of harm to others, heavy drug use), then the therapist has both a potential legal obligation to share concerns with parents or other authorities. Equally important, the therapist will want to help the patient be safe and get needed help and support.
Dr. Bob Stewart
It also depends on the age of the patient and the laws of the state in which the therapy is provided that govern confidentiality and age of consent for mental health treatment. These issues should be explained completely in the first meeting.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Privacy?

Is important and teens r entiteld to privacy , therefore we see them also separate from their parents.
If the patient does not consent to release his information to his parents we don't release them unless he is in danger of harming himself or others.

In brief: Privacy?

Is important and teens r entiteld to privacy , therefore we see them also separate from their parents.
If the patient does not consent to release his information to his parents we don't release them unless he is in danger of harming himself or others.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Teen Therapy

There is no such thing as confidentiality with minors.
However, we try to get the parents to understand that we will alert them to anything serious, and educate them as to the need for privacy even with children and teens. If parents insist, however, they must be given information - and it is important that teens know that before hand. Rapport and a therapeutic alliance is very important.

In brief: Teen Therapy

There is no such thing as confidentiality with minors.
However, we try to get the parents to understand that we will alert them to anything serious, and educate them as to the need for privacy even with children and teens. If parents insist, however, they must be given information - and it is important that teens know that before hand. Rapport and a therapeutic alliance is very important.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Therapy

The parents of a minor have a legal right to know literally everything that goes on in the treatment of their child.
That being said, it is incumbent upon the therapist to tell the parents during intake that the less they know, the more privacy is maintained, the better treatment will go. The exception to this is if the child is engaging in self ham. Most parents are OK with staying out of the way

In brief: Therapy

The parents of a minor have a legal right to know literally everything that goes on in the treatment of their child.
That being said, it is incumbent upon the therapist to tell the parents during intake that the less they know, the more privacy is maintained, the better treatment will go. The exception to this is if the child is engaging in self ham. Most parents are OK with staying out of the way
Dr. Andrew Berry
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