Genetic counselors are specially trained and certified genetic health professionals. They help you understand the genetic testing process, your genetic test results and what they mean for family members, including your children. For more information, see: https://www.nsgc.org/page/aboutgeneticcounselors.
Before testing, genetic counselors can educate you about the test and its uses, as well as discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of genetic testing. They can walk you through the informed consent process.
After testing, genetic counselors can explain the results, answer questions, suggest additional resources and help you interpret your results in the context of your family medical history. Their records also help your PCP and specialists take better care of you.