The role of a genetic counsellor is to mediate between the rapid
advances in molecular medicine and an individual??'s ability to
understand and manage the risks of their inheritance. Counsellors
therefore need to be fully in command of the psychological impact
of their communications. Written by a psychiatrist who later became
a psychotherapist, this manual is essential reading for counsellors
of all disciplines. It examines the psychological processes and
explains why people approach and respond differently. Effective
genetic counselling requires a knowledge of attachment behaviour
and non-directiveness, and an in-depth understanding of empathy in
order to help individuals contain anxiety and process grief and so
facilitate their decision-making or help with the effects of
reviewing a test result. Along with an up-to-date discussion of
similar approaches in family therapy and psychoanalysis, the effect
of counselling on the counsellor is also examined creatively in
order to enrich the interview with clients.
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