When you go for counseling, you're getting advice to help you make a decision or figure out what to do. Before getting married, you and your intended may see your minister for counseling about how to have a happy marriage.

Usually counseling takes the form of talking with someone who has experience or training in specific areas where you need help. For example, if you need financial counseling, you'll find an expert in managing money. People who go to therapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist, to get help with whatever is bothering them, may also refer to that therapy as counseling. Counseling comes from the Latin root consilium, meaning "advice."

Definitions of counseling
  1. noun
    something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
    synonyms: counsel, counselling, direction, guidance
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    guideline, road map
    a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
    career counseling
    counseling on career opportunities
    something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)
    genetic counseling
    guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
    marriage counseling
    counseling on marital problems and disagreements
    confidential information, hint, lead, steer, tip, wind
    an indication of potential opportunity
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
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