Families dealing with diabetes face a unique set of issues. Lifestyle changes that accompany this diagnosis can be frightening, stressful and often seem overwhelming. This stress affects not only the child but the entire family. Kristi Frye, Ph.D., is distinctly qualified to work with children and families with diabetes due to her own early childhood diagnosis. Adjusting to life with diabetes throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood gives her a unique perspective that enhances the counseling process. Counseling can assist families in dealing with the issues encountered during the adjustment to life with diabetes. Early intervention can lessen the emotional impact of the transition to this new lifestyle.