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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There was the former Catholic woman who provides counseling at a Planned Parenthood in Dallas. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018 Pepfar has provided counseling and testing to some 95 million people, and provided treatment to over 14.6 million men and women, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Trump Set to Extend Program Aimed at Fighting AIDS," 30 Nov. 2018 Instead, the Webster School allowed them to continue their education and provided counseling and other support. New York Times, "Patricia Schiller, a Sex-Education Pioneer, Dies at 104," 11 July 2018 They are assessed, given a course of treatment, attend classes and receive counseling aimed at changing their behavior. Terry Spencer, chicagotribune.com, "Official: Parkland school shooting suspect's mom let him buy gun," 10 July 2018 They are assessed, given a course of treatment, attend classes and receive counseling. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Parkland shooting suspect's mom let him buy gun despite mental health counselors' pushback, official says," 10 July 2018 Karey was also a chaplain for the Detroit Police Department, providing counseling and guidance to both officers and citizens. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Archdiocese: Sex abuse claim against dead priest is credible," 22 June 2018 The balloons are designed to remain in place for several months, while patients receive counseling on diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle changes. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "12 People Have Died After Trying This Popular Weight-Loss Procedure. Here's What You Should Know," 7 June 2018 Because disciplinary infractions often have underlying causes, District 204 next year will expand its ability to refer students to in-school counseling through 360 Youth Services at all middle schools. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "There's a growing trend of Naperville-area students being caught vaping, sometimes with THC," 13 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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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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