Commentary on Becoming a Daughter: Trauma is a powerful teacher

Patricia Mc Carthy Veach

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Personal life crises profoundly impact genetic counselor practice. In this commentary, themes from Matloff's (in press) article, Becoming a Daughter are highlighted and expanded upon. These themes include: personal impact of a life crisis, and professional impact vis a vis empathy countertransference, self-disclosure, nondirectiveness, and self-confidence. Strategies that help genetic counselors manage personal life crises within their clinical practice and also promote their professional development are emphasized, including normalization of life crises, self-reflection, boundary-setting, and use of peer supervision and consultation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006


  • Empathy self-disclosure
  • Genetic counselor practice
  • Personal life crises
  • Personal trauma

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