Publication date: May 30, 2019
This post was originally published on this site Narrative interventions can help provide support to individuals who are carriers of HTT gene mutations linked to Huntington’s disease, a study shows. The study, -Improving follow up after predictive testing in Huntington’s disease: evaluating a genetic counselling narrative group session,” was published in the Journal of Community Genetics. Participants were asked to undergo a two-hour group session of narrative therapy using an adaptation of the -Tree of Life,” an approach that uses parts of a tree as metaphors to represent the different aspects of peoples’ lives. During the session, the group had access to a painted picture of a tree, with bare roots and branches: the roots represent the participants’ heritage and background; the ground is a symbol of important aspects of daily life and everyday routines; the trunk represents the participants’ skills and what helps them to get through difficult times; the branches symbolize their hopes, wishes, and dreams; the leaves represent individuals who are special and important to the participants; the fruit represents the contribution that others have made to participants’ lives. Collectively, the positive reports of the participants suggest this alternative narrative strategy can be used to nurture feelings of resilience and connectedness among those who have received a mutation positive Huntington’s predictive test result. The post Study Lauds Narrative Group Therapy as Alternative Strategy to Support Carriers of HTT Mutations appeared first on Huntington’s Disease News.
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