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 two-year study found the soldiers benefited from a kind of counseling called brief cognitive-behavioral therapy. Sig Christenson,, "Air Force suicides set a record in 2019," 1 Feb. 2020 Consumers who are interested in the program — or obtaining one hour of free counseling now to discuss their financial challenges — can contact GreenPath at 800-550-1961. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "New coaching program is designed to help you fix finances," 16 Jan. 2020 But milder versions persist today in the form of aggressive counseling and, at times, the administration of measures that induce nausea or vomiting. The Editors, Scientific American, "A Nationwide Ban Is Needed for “Anti-Gay Therapy”," 13 Jan. 2020 Dozens of other private companies do subcontract work at ICE facilities, running guard services, medical facilities, mental health counseling, food preparation, commissary sales, phone and video communication for detainees and janitorial work. USA Today, "'These people are profitable': Under Trump, private prisons are cashing in on ICE detainees," 20 Dec. 2019 We should be committed to providing an excellent job of counseling and assisting our clients, as this will likely be their largest financial investment. Steve Blank, The Denver Post, "Cocktail chattables: It might be an unwise investment strategy to sit and wait for home prices to drop, trying to buy low in the next cycle, since that could result in missed opportunities," 14 Nov. 2019 On average, patients addicted to meth require at least 90 days of intensive counseling and therapy to get started on recovery. Christine Vestal, USA TODAY, "Cheap and powerful 'meth 2.0' is ravaging communities and slowly killing its victims," 2 Nov. 2019 The difficulties young people are having accumulating wealth might be another factor in the emergence of relationship-specific financial counseling. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "The New Way to (Finally) Stop Fighting Over Money With Your Spouse," 31 Oct. 2019 After years of counseling senior executives, Anthony Abbatiello has seen firsthand how taking smart risks in one's career can help fast-track candidates. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "It usually takes 24 years to become CEO. Here's why Risk Takers get there faster," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of counseling

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for counseling

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The first known use of counseling was in 1927

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12 Feb 2020

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“Counseling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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