Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 341–347 | Cite as

Thursdays with Marion: The Therapist's Tale

  • Susan Sobel
Professional Development Paper


We who work with people with chronic and/or terminal illnesses are often confounded about what we ought to do and what we can do for those who suffer. This paper presents a case study of my work with Marion who began therapy after her presymptomatic testing for HD to address her depression and anxiety. The approach we took is a narrative one. The impact of illness on existing family stories is described followed by an examination of the premises of a narrative model. The case description demonstrates the collaborative nature of the therapy. Some thoughts on the role of the therapist in this model are offered.

Key Words

Huntington disease narrative therapy case study role of therapist predictive testing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, College of MedicineUniversity of VermontBurlington

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