What is genetic counseling?
Genetic Counselors are qualified health professionals who provide genetic information and psychosocial support to individuals and families with a genetic condition, or at risk to have or develop a genetic condition. Genetic Counselors work with individuals and families to make decisions about their genetic health care that take into account their culture, values and social situation. Genetic Counselors can also assist families to find support literature, support groups and families with a similar condition in order to gain information.
FAQ's about genetic counseling
The following is a list of questions a Genetic Counselor may address during a session:
In order to be eligible for genetic counseling at our center, you must be a patient of one of our movement disorder neurologists, who will refer you for genetic counseling, if applicable. For more information about genetic counseling at our division, please contact:
- Does this movement disorder run in my family?
- Is genetic testing available, how accurate is the test, what information could the test provide, and what are the risks and benefits of testing?
- What impact can genetic conditions have on families?
- What are the chances that I and/or my family members will develop symptoms?
- Can genetic conditions skip generations?
- What can be expected in the future for me or a family member with a particular genetic condition?
- How and when will I tell my partner/children/relatives that this condition is genetic?
- Will genetic testing affect my family's insurance coverage in the future?
- Is there written information about my genetic condition or a support group?
Jill Goldman, MS, MPhil, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Division of Movement Disorders
710 W 168th Street, Floor 3, Rm. 333
New York, NY 10032
Tel: (212) 305-4473 or (212) 305-7382
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