counseling

noun
coun·​sel·​ing | \ˈkau̇n(t)-s(ə-)liŋ \
variants: or counselling

Definition of counseling 

: professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes career counseling for high schoolers counseling for drug addicts

Examples of counseling in a Sentence

She is receiving counseling to cope with the death of her husband. The college offers career counseling.

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Many, like Mullan, are stoic, forgoing counseling even when it is offered. Heidi De Marco, chicagotribune.com, "The other victims: first responders to horrific disasters often suffer in solitude," 13 July 2018 For more than a year, the family has been getting family and individual counseling from a private therapist. courant.com, "Veterans’ Families Also Suffer From The Wounds Of War," 12 July 2018 The problem was that his GPA was not high enough to get into grad school at Maryland in the family counseling master’s. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "With fatherhood approaching, departing Maryland LB Melvin Keihn (Gilman) thinks family before football," 10 July 2018 Ethicists say the government’s DNA testing also raises questions of privacy, informed consent and whether counseling is provided to families when the tests reveal unexpected results. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "Test DNA of migrant kids only as last resort, ethicists say," 10 July 2018 The event provided athletic camp-style training for about 70 kids, plus motivational speakers and counseling on decision-making skills. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Top recruit Najee Harris eagerly awaits bigger role at Alabama," 4 July 2018 Youth are provided with mentoring, job training, life skills training, mental health counseling, career and educational development. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 He was released on $5,000 bond and required to undergo mental health counseling. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A man stole a gun from a store, cops say. But what a manager did next got him fired.," 12 July 2018 Some are interested in drug or mental health counseling, or need to sign up for Social Security or health care. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "This man cost Sacramento County more in one year than any other homeless person," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of counseling

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for counseling

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counseling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of counseling

: advice and support that is given to people to help them deal with problems, make important decisions, etc.

counseling

noun
coun·​sel·​ing

Medical Definition of counseling 

: professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes

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