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

This is an app that brings the benefits of therapy and counseling to users straight to their mobile devices without leaving their safe spaces. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Unfollowed William & Kate Middleton on Instagram," 2 May 2019 Instead, Strother approved the deal, which will require that Anderson serve three years of federal probation, pay a $400 fine and go to counseling. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Lenient Plea Deal for a Baylor Fraternity President Accused of Rape Sparks Outrage," 11 Dec. 2018 The report found that LGBTQ students face threats of expulsion, increased disciplinary action, denied participation in student life, hostile campus climates, and forced therapy or counseling. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "How Title IX Exemptions Allow Religious Colleges to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students," 15 Oct. 2018 Noplis and other doctors at Renew Recovery follow a model that requires on-site group therapy and individual counseling. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018 People can report violence anonymously, connect to counseling, or get safety guidance and legal help. Lauren Lee, CNN, "Transgender community faces its deadliest year, but this group wants to help," 11 June 2018 Using a $1 million low-interest loan from the agency, the center is adding space for counseling, family therapy, and primary care. Jen Fifield, The Christian Science Monitor, "USDA to provide funds to fight rural opioid crisis," 1 May 2018 About that time, Georgia business records show Gersh became involved with Intown Psychological Associates, which offers psychological testing, counseling and therapy. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb prosecutor: Child psychologist, molester filmed upskirt videos," 28 Apr. 2018 Treatments include counseling, hormone therapy, as well as gender confirmation surgery in some cases. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Gender confirmation surgery improves transgender people’s lives, research confirms," 22 Mar. 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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21 May 2019

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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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