Frequently Asked Questions

What is genetic counseling?

 Genetic counseling is professional service for individuals who have questions about the information in their genetic codes.  It can also be a time to discuss your family medical history and learn if there are conditions that you could have inherited.

Who is genetic counseling for?

Genetic counseling is for anyone.  If you have questions about conditions that run in your family then genetic counseling is an excellent opportunity to learn about your chances to have inherited those conditions.  In some cases, questions about genetic diseases are best answered by a physician.  Call or email today to discuss your specific questions and see if Seattle Genetic Counseling can help you.

How can I find out more about genetic counseling?

The best way to learn more about genetic counseling is by visiting the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) website.  They have great information about genetic counselors and the types of cases they see.  To visit the NSGC FAQ page click here.

What can I expect during my consultation?

During your consultation I will begin by exploring the questions that you have about your genetics.  In many cases, I will review your family medical history to look for patterns that suggest an inherited condition.  If you wanting to discuss genetic test results I will walk you through your results and explain their significance in an easy to understand manner.

Do you see people who have genetic conditions?

At this time I am not seeing individuals who have a diagnosis of a genetic condition.  Individuals who have a genetic condition should be followed by a physician to ensure that they are receiving appropriate medical care.  I am happy to discuss genetic conditions that run in your family; but, unfortunately, I cannot provide medical care for someone who has already a genetic diagnosis.  If you are unsure whether or not this applies to you, please contact me to discuss your individual circumstances.

What do I need for my consultation?

If you are having a consultation to discuss conditions that may run in your family then it will be important to have accurate family history information for your visit.  If you are unsure how to collect your family medial history there is a helpful tool online which you can access by clicking here.

If you are having a consultation to discuss genetic test results, then it is essential that you submit a copy of your test report prior to your consultation.  This will give me the opportunity to review your results and do any necessary research into the testing methods.
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Brad Rolf, MS, CGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor 
Seattle Genetic Counseling, LLC 
(206) 438-3543