coun·​sel·​ing | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-s(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce counseling (audio) \
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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The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides the loan guarantees, requires the counseling sessions. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Reverse mortgages can cause problems when spouses, heirs aren't on board," 12 June 2019 She was offered an alternative: drug court, an intensive 18-month process that involves counseling sessions and judicial review of treatment, but no jail. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Peers in Healing," 10 June 2019 There is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, but doctors can treat the symptoms with medications, counseling, balanced diets, and complementary therapies like deep breathing, according to the CDC. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "If You're Feeling Tired All the Time, You Might Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome," 17 May 2019 The chaplain is responsible for opening the House each day with a prayer and offering counseling to lawmakers and aides on the House side of the Capitol. Fox News, "Ryan allows Rev. Patrick Conroy to keep job after House chaplain rescinds resignation," 2 Oct. 2018 This is an app that brings the benefits of therapy and counseling to users straight to their mobile devices without leaving their safe spaces. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Unfollowed William & Kate Middleton on Instagram," 2 May 2019 Instead, Strother approved the deal, which will require that Anderson serve three years of federal probation, pay a $400 fine and go to counseling. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Lenient Plea Deal for a Baylor Fraternity President Accused of Rape Sparks Outrage," 11 Dec. 2018 The report found that LGBTQ students face threats of expulsion, increased disciplinary action, denied participation in student life, hostile campus climates, and forced therapy or counseling. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "How Title IX Exemptions Allow Religious Colleges to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students," 15 Oct. 2018 Noplis and other doctors at Renew Recovery follow a model that requires on-site group therapy and individual counseling. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 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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18 Jun 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of counseling

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



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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