It’s totally normal to feel nervous talking about these topics, even with your parents or guardian. Here are a few ideas for making the topic more approachable:
When you talk to your parents, keep it simple, at least at first. You might start by telling your parents how you are feeling, what you would like help with, and that you think therapy might be the right tool to get you there. You can even use the following script if it makes it easier:
“Mom/Dad, I’ve been feeling really (anxious, worried, sad, angry, self-conscious) for the last __ months, and it’s been making (school, homework, getting along with friends/family, sports) super hard for me. I’ve tried a bunch of things to make it better, but I would like to see if going to a therapist could help."
If you have a good relationship with a teacher or your doctor, they can be a great resource for any questions you have that aren’t answered here, or to practice asking for help!
Remember that these are hard topics for everyone to talk about, but that doesn't make it wrong to bring them up. Even if it feels frightening or uncomfortable, if you feel that you need help or support, talking to your parents/guardian is the right thing to do. You've got this!