Find a genetic counselor
Several health-care providers and government agencies recommend that individuals with interest in, or information from, their own DNA know how to find a genetic counselor or equivalent health-care professional to discuss their interests and/or data. One way to find such a professional is to ask a current health-care professional for a referral. Another method is to use any of the following resources to locate a professional near you.
United States & Canada
Wondering what genetic counseling is about? The American Board of Genetic Counseling has prepared this brochure: A Guide to Genetic Counseling.
To Find a Genetic Counselor: head to this page on the National Society of Genetic Counselors website. We recommend selecting "Personalized Genomic Medicine" in the 'Types of Specialization' window.
For those who prefer telephone counseling, InformedDNA appears to be the largest provider network of genetics specialists outside of lab-associated companies. Genetic counseling is considered an in-network benefit for patients covered by Cigna/Aetna and UnitedHealthCare, but not for those with coverage through BlueCross/BlueShield, Medicare or Medicaid.
Update Feb. 10, 2016: InformedDNA no longer provides clinical genetic counseling for common disease susceptibility through 23andMe or any other company using SNP-based testing algorithms, due to the lack of consensus regarding clinical utility. They do offer genetic counseling and genetic test interpretation services for patients with a personal or family history of Mendelian disease, using CLIA-certified labs.
Australia & New Zealand
To Find a Genetic Counselor: head to this page on the Australasian Society of Genetic Counselors website.
Know of a medically accredited national society or professional organization for a country or region not listed here? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.