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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If officials can finalize details of an agreement between the Conroe Independent School District and Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare this summer, some district students will have access to new forms of mental health counseling. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe ISD, Tri-County health group exploring deal for mental health services," 3 July 2018 That decision followed three town hall meetings in which members of the Stoneman Douglas community spoke of students who were still stressed and in need of counseling despite not having suffered a physical injury. Ron Hurtibise,, "Decisions imminent for Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund distribution," 28 June 2018 Do people with pounds to shed for the sake of their health know that, under Obamacare, they are now covered for many sessions of weight-loss counseling? Jane E. Brody, charlotteobserver, "How to increase your chances of having a long, healthy life," 12 June 2018 According to the plaintiffs, the victim was left alone in his room, without medical care or counseling. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family sues St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, says lax supervision led to assault," 11 May 2018 And affairs, says Ross, are one of the big reasons patients seek out counseling. Madeleine Burry,, "6 Signs It's Time to Go to Couples Therapy," 11 May 2018 Most have undergone some form of counseling to quell their anguish. Bob Sylva, sacbee, "1988: The desperate search for the East Area Rapist costs millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 The program is open to those who have an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree and are seeking to enter the field of counseling. Karen Farkas,, "John Carroll University to offer certificate for substance-abuse counseling," 16 Apr. 2018 But advocates persisted, contending that what the VA promised was too limited and consisted primarily of emergency counseling. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Congress forces the VA to offer mental health screenings," 10 Apr. 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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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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