counseling

noun
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 Arlington Life Shelter Emergency food and shelter, employment assistance and family counseling for homeless men, women and children in eastern Tarrant County. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Mission Oak Cliff has provided hope to community for nearly 70 years," 1 Jan. 2020 Consider motivational interviewing, a counseling method that helps clients get clear on their motivations. Popular Science, "Reverse your bad habits with just a handful of tiny changes," 31 Dec. 2019 The company gives results to parents in a genetic-counseling session about four to six weeks after the test. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "23 and Baby," 24 Dec. 2019 In addition to opening the door to difficult conversations, the foundation offers counseling and health services to young South Africans between the ages of 10 and 20. Sophie Elmhirst, Glamour, "Charlize Theron's Secret to Success: 'Don't Take Any Shit'," 22 Oct. 2019 Walmart has set up an off-site location where employees can go and get counseling. Steve Almasy And Dave Alsup, CNN, "Walmart to reopen store where El Paso massacre took place with memorial for victims," 21 Aug. 2019 Since the last case, Robles has gotten counseling, according to his attorney. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "After one year in sanctuary, Jose Robles detained by ICE after leaving Seattle church," 17 July 2019 Hamilton was running a group counseling session that ended around 7:30 pm, police have said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Man arrested in 'brutal' killing of Tennessee counselor," 6 Dec. 2019 The trauma resurfaced when the detectives showed up at his house a few years later, and again during counseling sessions and conversations with his wife over the years. Kristina Davis, Los Angeles Times, "California braces for deluge of child-sex-assault lawsuits under new law," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of counseling

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for counseling

see counsel entry 1

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The first known use of counseling was in 1927

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15 Jan 2020

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“Counseling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counseling. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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counseling

noun
How to pronounce counseling (audio)

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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