counseling

noun
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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The nonprofit continues to assist southwest Snohomish County, providing counseling services while emergency responders work, and shelter during inclement weather. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "From 9/11 to Edmonds child murder, Ken Gaydos was ‘always there’ to comfort victims," 10 Sep. 2018 The American Psychological Association found that 61% of college students who seek counseling services report anxiety as their reason for seeking help. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Therapy Animals Are on Some College Campuses for Back-to-School Season," 29 Aug. 2018 Coiffman has a bachelor’s from the University of Miami, a master’s in counseling psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and a Psy. miamiherald, "Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of July 2, 2018," 2 July 2018 Azar ardently defended the agency and its contractors, saying the children are provided with education, medical attention and psychological care and counseling. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Azar: We need to get migrant children out of HHS care as 'expeditiously' as possible," 21 June 2018 Candidates typically require a master's degree in either social work or counseling psychology, Topitzes said. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Help wanted: Trauma-focused social workers to stop downward spiral in Milwaukee," 4 June 2018 For Colette Gregory, comedy was part of her motivation to leave an abusive relationship after working in arts administration in Chicago and attending Columbia University for a master’s in counseling psychology. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Funny Girl: The women in Chicago telling jokes, and laughing, too," 25 Apr. 2018 Many, like Mullan, are stoic, forgoing counseling even when it is offered. Heidi De Marco, chicagotribune.com, "The other victims: first responders to horrific disasters often suffer in solitude," 13 July 2018 For more than a year, the family has been getting family and individual counseling from a private therapist. courant.com, "Veterans’ Families Also Suffer From The Wounds Of War," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of counseling

1927, in the meaning defined above

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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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