Do you have a personal and/or family history of a genetic condition, or a medical condition you are concerned could be hereditary? Have you had or are you considering genetic testing for a genetic or other medical condition? Are you waiting to see a pediatric or adult geneticist, but would like to talk with a specialist ahead of that visit to get more information? You may benefit from a Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation.

What can you expect from a Pediatric or General Adult 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. We begin by reviewing your personal medical history, your detailed family medical history, and any concerns you may have. 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 individuals who see a genetic counselor for a Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation will also need to be seen by a geneticist (a doctor who specializes in genetics) because many genetic conditions are diagnosed by either a physical exam, lab work, or both, which need to be done by a doctor. Our office can forward the information from the genetic counseling consultation to the geneticist that the person is seeing so the doctor has all of the detailed relevant background information ahead of that appointment. 

Some people who meet with a genetic counselor for a Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation may have their questions answered or will not need to go on to see a geneticist.

How to Prepare

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 Pediatric or General Adult 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:

  • Any health concerns (cancer, diabetes, heart disease), including the age they were diagnosed
  • Any diagnosis of a genetic condition 
  • Any babies who have had to have surgery 
  • Any babies who have died shortly after birth 
  • Anyone in the family with any delays (not walking or talking on schedule, needing help in school, autism spectrum disorder, etc) 

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.

How much does a Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation cost?

The cost for genetic counseling is $200, 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.

Do you accept insurance?

In some cases, insurance will cover genetic counseling services provided by telehealth. Coverage varies by state and also by insurance plan. We are pleased to assist you by billing your insurance. However, you are required to provide us with the most correct and updated information about your insurance, and will be responsible for any charges if the information provided is not correct or updated. Patients are responsible for the payment of co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and all other procedures or treatment not covered by their insurance plan. We encourage you to check with your insurance to see the limitations of your specific plan.

Alternatively, you may elect to pay for the visit prior to your appointment using your credit card and submit claims to insurance on your own.

If you feel you may qualify for financial assistance for this service, contact GSF to access our financial aid policy.

Common reasons for a Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation

People who seek Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation generally have a known or potential personal or family history of a medical condition that could be hereditary or genetic. As mentioned above, many individuals who meet with a genetic counselor for a Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation will still need to go on to meet with a geneticist for a formal evaluation. Some people may get the information they need from the Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation and will not need to meet with a geneticist for further evaluation. 

There are many different reasons that can prompt someone to pursue Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation, including questions about:

Scheduling your Pediatric or General Adult Genetic Counseling Consultation

We provide genetic counseling and Pediatric or General Adult 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.