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

Parle returned to Nebraska, earned a PhD in counseling and human development, and ran a 12-county mental health program before retiring and relocating to Washington state. John Kelly, Washington Post, "For decades, nuns lived a cloistered life in Bethesda where NIH is now," 13 July 2019 Suzanne's career is in education while Michael has a background in psychiatric counseling. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "This Mesa home gives new meaning to ‘bird house’ with a 2-story aviary," 11 July 2019 The volunteer work grew into a passion, and after graduating Friday, Blanca will complete a certificate in chemical dependency counseling. Janelle Retka, The Seattle Times, "‘I feel very proud’: Immigrant parents’ dreams come true as 12 kids finish high school — and beyond," 21 June 2019 Bost says the employee is in counseling now and taking antidepressants. Amy Chillag, CNN, "Why you should learn Mental Health First Aid," 20 June 2019 Macy has been to counseling, working through her trauma, and has been back in the water multiple times, her mother added. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Summer is prime-time for drownings: How to protect your kids," 17 June 2019 Garcia recommended in-home counseling to deal with some anger issues involving the children, as well as speech therapy; day care for the smaller children, and summer programs for the older ones. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "Reports of threats emerge during San Antonio hearing about King Jay Davila’s siblings," 14 June 2019 Lockett graduated with a bachelor of science degree in counseling with a minor in special education from Southern University and A&M College. nola.com, "Southern University graduate named CEO of Algiers Charter network," 6 June 2019 Gregory has worked hard to get back in the league, spending more than six weeks in a drug and alcohol rehab program, passing all his drug tests and adhering to counseling as part of six-month intense rehab regimen, as detailed by Yahoo Sports. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Randy Gregory's future in hands of Roger Goodell, will now workout with Greg Townsend," 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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