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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Even though school is out for the summer, iHelp tips continue to be submitted, explained Matt Smith, coordinator of counseling and behavioral services for Humble ISD. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD safety app utilized in its first year, stats show," 16 June 2018 Without explaining why, the counselor announced that a third person—another member of the counseling center—would need to join the conversation. Michael Mccann,, "Title IX Lawsuit Over Players' Alleged Rape Adds to Michigan State's Growing Legal Troubles," 13 Apr. 2018 According to Psychology Today, treatment for symptoms of SAD include combinations of antidepressant medication, light therapy, Vitamin D, and counseling. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "8 Ways to Feel Happier at Home When Winter’s Bringing You Down," 15 Feb. 2019 Hunt, who sought treatment and counseling, could still be suspended by the league under its personal conduct policy for the incident and two others that surfaced after he was released by the Chiefs. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Browns give troubled running back Kareem Hunt second chance," 12 Feb. 2019 Those to be honored with a royal visit include Tomorrow's Women, a charity that helps adult women improve their lives, whether with a fitness class or mental health counseling. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Bright Red Coat for Her First Engagement of the Year with Prince Harry," 14 Jan. 2019 Addiction experts rely mostly on counseling for teens. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Teen Vaping Has Created Addicts With Few Treatment Options," 18 Dec. 2018 FleishmanHillard has cornered the market on crisis management counseling for companies that invoke the president’s wrath on Twitter. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why do brands care if you vote?," 24 Sep. 2018 According to his lawyer, the heavy intoxication is a mitigating factor, and since then, Maxwell has been attending counseling for his alcohol use. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Oakland A's catcher sentenced to probation after Scottsdale gun incident," 2 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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26 Mar 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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