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A genetic counselor will talk with you about medical and genetic information in a way you can understand. Genetic counselors teach you and your family about genetics and how it affects your health. This helps you make choices about genetic testing and life plans. Genetic counselors are here to answer your questions and support you. They:
Genetic counselors are nondirective conselors. This means they do not tell you what to do. Instead, they will guide and help you make your own informed decisions.
You may want to see a genetic counselor if you:
Your doctor can refer you to a genetic counselor, or you can select one on your own. Genetic counselors work in different settings and may specialize in certain conditions, such as:
You are welcome to bring someone or go to the appointment by yourself.
What will happen during a genetic counseling appointment?
It will depend on the reason for your appointment and the genetic counselor. Most appointments take an hour but can vary. You may need one appointment or several. Often a genetic counselor will:
Download a copy of our genetic counseling brochure