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 The friend’s family did not press charges and forgave Powers, who was sentenced to a year of counseling. Washington Post, "Kemp Powers’s long journey to becoming Pixar’s first Black writer-director," 21 Dec. 2020 But Schonfeld cautioned that grief training isn't meant to take the place of professional mental health counseling and that teachers still should be asking professionals for help. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, "How grief training is helping educators manage pandemic-related trauma in schools," 23 Nov. 2020 Instead of counseling, residents are typically given medications to ease symptoms of distress, said David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School who has published several studies on this topic. Judith Graham, CNN, "Prayers and grief counseling after Covid-19: Trying to promote healing in long-term care," 13 Nov. 2020 The weekly podcast hosted by Stewart and Vicki Thompson, the dean of college counseling at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn., features interviews with university, college, financial aid and Common Application experts. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park teen’s radio station produces podcast about applying for college amid coronavirus," 21 Oct. 2020 Patierno must perform 60 hours of public service, attend 18 hours of mental health counseling and write an apology letter to the 68-year-old woman. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "School pressure, sick lawmakers, go-cups: News from around our 50 states," 6 Oct. 2020 Therapists have seen their ranks swell as the stigma of counseling has diminished and new therapy platforms have launched. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Pandemic, New Platforms Prompt Surge in New Therapists," 4 Oct. 2020 Consumers with limited resources in need of more extensive financial counseling can go to www.fpamn.org. John Ewoldt, Star Tribune, "Financial Planning Day in Minnesota goes virtual; free consultations offered," 1 Oct. 2020 In the past, the program did a lot of in-person counseling. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15; what you need to know - That’s Rich!," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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“Counseling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counseling. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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