Did you do genetic testing on your own and wind up with more questions than answers?
Are there questions you have about your health that you feel like direct-to-consumer genetic testing didn’t answer?
There are many companies now (23andMe, Ancestry.com, Gene by Gene, MyMedLab, MyHeritage, Color Genomics, etc) that are claiming to provide insights into your genetic information, but you may be left with questions. There are also several third-party companies (Promethease, GEDmatch, etc) that will take the raw data that these labs give you and claim to be able to give you even more information. If you want help understanding your test results and implications it may or may not have for your health, you may benefit from a Direct To Consumer (DTC) Genetic Counseling Consultation.
We are a team of certified and independent genetic counselors dedicated to helping people navigate their genetic health and provide up-to-date care recommendations. The data generated in these reports are often expansive and overwhelming. We will begin by reviewing your biggest questions about your results and data. We will also gather some personal medical history and your detailed family medical history. After gathering that information, the genetic counselor can discuss any concerns they have regarding a potential underlying personal or family history of a genetic condition.
Many people who meet with a genetic counselor for a DTC Genetic Counseling Consultation will have their primary question answered and may not need further discussion or evaluation.
Some individuals who see a genetic counselor for a DTC Counseling Consultation will have many questions which may take further consultation or additional genetic testing to fully answer. In rare cases, an individual may also need to be seen by a geneticist (a doctor who specializes in genetics) or other medical specialists because many genetic conditions are diagnosed by either a physical exam, lab work, or both, which needs to be done by a doctor. With your permission, our office can forward the information from the genetic counseling consultation so any providers that you see will have all of the detailed relevant background information ahead of that appointment.
It is important to come to your appointment with any specific questions or concerns that you have so that the genetic counselor can be sure to address those during your visit.
A DTC Genetic Counseling Consultation also includes a detailed medical and family history, so it may be helpful to talk with relatives ahead of the visit to gather information about their health history. Some things to ask about can include:
It is common for their to be limitations to gathering family health history, including a loss of contact, family members not wanting to share their health history, or someone being adopted. It is helpful to gather as much information that is comfortable to ask for.
If you have already had genetic or any other testing done that you would like to discuss with the genetic counselor it is important to forward that information along to GSF ahead of your appointment so the genetic counselor can review it.
The cost for genetic counseling is $250, which can be paid securely online by credit card or arrangements can be made to pay by check. It is both the philosophy and practice at GSF that genetic services, including genetic counseling, should be available to those in need, regardless of ability to pay. For this reason, we have financial aid available for those who qualify.
Visit our ‘Telehealth FAQs‘ page to learn more about billing and our patient assistance program.
Most people who seek DTC Genetic Counseling Consultation initially sought genetic testing on their own out of curiosity or to learn their ancestry and wound up with questions about their health after reviewing their results at home. Sometimes people have a health concern and chose to do genetic testing on their own for convenience, privacy or financial concerns and are now unsure what to do next with their results.
There are many questions that can prompt someone to pursue DTC Genetic Counseling Consultation, including questions about:
We provide DTC Genetic Counseling Consultation most commonly via a secure video conferencing service to provide telehealth directly to your home. If you are interested in meeting with a genetic counselor, click here to schedule an appointment with one of the genetic counselors at GSF.