An important component of Genetic Testing is Genetic Counseling. This twofold process includes pre- and post-test counseling.
Think of genetic counseling as a conversation. Your input – your goals, your feelings, your concerns – are all very important. Using a unique set of skills, a genetic counselor helps you understand your genetic risks, determines if genetic testing might be right for you – and if so, which tests – and explains what results might mean for you and your family. And, just as valuable, a genetic counselor helps you cope with your emotions as you process that information.
Genetic Counselors are there to:
In short, Genetic Counseling is an informative and thoughtful conversation that often lasts 30 minutes to an hour or longer. Your Genetic Counselor will:
Genetic Counselors are trained and certified professionals in Medical Genetics and Counseling to guide and support Counselees seeking information on genetic disorders or inherited diseases and conditions that might affect them or their families, and to interpret test results.
Usually a Genetic Counselor is referred to by a doctor to discuss your family history and genetic risks, or before or after having genetic testing.
They help you and your Doctors to decode your genetics conditions to understand:
With expertise in counseling, genetic counselors can also provide emotional support as you make decisions and empower you with information for your overall healthcare.