The rules vary by state. You can ask the counselor ahead of time whether they need to report all youth appointments and if they only report in certain cases, what those situations would be. In all states, by law, counselors are required to report youth who they believe are a danger to themselves or others, or if someone is a danger to the youth.
I think Karen gave you a good idea about
talking to school counselors. I realize though that school is not in session right now. If you are looking for counselors that will work on a free/low-cost basis, you could try searching on the Covenant House website -- www.nineline.org
I do want to encourage you to talk to your parents, though. I realize that it may seem impossible to talk to parents, but more often than not people find out that their parents really don't make too big of a deal out of it & are supportive. Besides that, they can provide insurance or money for appointments (there are not too many counselors these days who will take patients paying less than full price -- in my experience, first appointments run about
$300 & follow-up appointments run $90/30-45 minutes). If your parents are abusive, realize that your counselor would have to report that to the authorities, who may in turn contact your parents. So you may want to address that ahead of time by calling the NineLine (1.800.999.9999) and having them ask the counselor how filing a report would work.
I hope things work out for you. I think it is very wise of you to realize that you need help & to want to get it. :) Keep posting & let us know how we can support you.
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