Definition of counselor in English:

counselor

(British counsellor)

noun

  • 1A person trained to give guidance on personal, social, or psychological problems.

    ‘a marriage counselor’
    • ‘Most burn centres employ social workers, vocational counsellors, and psychologists as part of the multidisciplinary burn team.’
    • ‘The interview was administered by substance abuse counselors or study personnel trained in interview techniques by the counselors and a clinical psychologist.’
    • ‘At a time when there were far fewer social workers, guidance counselors, and psychologists, parishioners flocked to their priest in times of trouble.’
    • ‘Seminarians are now closely vetted and assessed by professional personnel including psychologists and counsellors.’
    • ‘After being treated by doctors for physical injury, the victims are treated by the counsellors for psychological injury.’
    • ‘The findings of the present study should help psychologists, counsellors and lawyers to give useful advice to parents, highlighting a child-focused perspective.’
    • ‘Pain rehabilitation programs often employ a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors and physical therapists.’
    • ‘I could be a criminal psychologist, a guidance counsellor, a social worker.’
    • ‘This tragedy has provided the impetus to hire more school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.’
    • ‘Find a counselor or therapist who specializes in social skills to help you develop the abilities you seek.’
    • ‘Although the participants in this study were not therapists or counselors, this report illustrated that humor training can be conducted and evaluated empirically.’
    • ‘So we've actually put in place a helpline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people to call, where they'll get professional assistance from people who are trained counsellors.’
    • ‘A counselor or school psychologist can help identify practical solutions that make it easier for the child and family to cope day by day.’
    • ‘But in these studies the ‘talking therapy’ is applied by protocol using specially trained counsellors who are often monitored for adherence to the protocol.’
    • ‘People such as counsellors, psychologists and behavioural therapists may show you relaxation techniques and other ways to deal with stress.’
    • ‘Dozens of psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors moved in, and art and play therapy have been used to great effect, trauma experts said.’
    • ‘So, talking to friends or family, or especially to professional counselors who are trained to help people process feelings, can be most beneficial.’
    • ‘She has trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist.’
    • ‘They may not know the differences in training between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and social workers.’
    • ‘Most depressed children and teens should talk to a counselor, therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist about what is making them feel the way they are feeling.’
    adviser, consultant, guide, mentor, confidant, confidante
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    1. 1.1with modifier A person who gives advice on a specified subject.
      ‘a debt counselor’
      • ‘This is a heartfelt and very practical book, which includes chapters with advice for pregnancy center counselors.’
      • ‘A canine behaviour counsellor, he was also brought to the programme by the Blue Cross.’
      • ‘For example, making an appointment with a debt counselor, applying for a part-time job and asking for a raise are all pathways for getting on top of your finances.’
      • ‘Mary and the agency counselor meet each week to discuss the progress of his groups.’
      • ‘There is only one sexual assault counsellor for the region.’
      • ‘I am no bereavement counsellor, but in the last few months, I have learned a lot about ‘coping’ after my mother passed away.’
      • ‘As a qualified pet bereavement counsellor I would like to help pet owners compassionately and in confidence.’
      • ‘‘We had our own addiction counsellor in here,’ he laughs.’
      • ‘Based on your income and debt, certified credit counselors will contact and negotiate with all your creditors to agree on a consolidated monthly payment amount.’
      • ‘As I said, you classed the support you got from the occupational health welfare counsellor as being brilliant.’
      • ‘According to one bereavement counsellor, humour is often used by clients as a way of dealing with grief.’
      • ‘Above the seats across from where I was sitting were advertisements for wart removal cream, invisible braces, and a debt counselor.’
      • ‘Ignore all the usual advice about careful writing and proofreading given by every job counselor you know.’
      • ‘Guests can look forward to hot food and entertainment - offers of which would be gratefully received - as well as advice on services from experts including drugs and alcohol counsellors and housing advisers.’
      • ‘The 50-year-old dog trainer and behaviour counsellor has gambled her future on the venture.’
      • ‘Last November, a drug and alcohol counsellor came to the centre to run a family program and provide training.’
      • ‘He said: ‘If I was a bit younger I would want to become a drug and alcohol counsellor.’’
      • ‘An abortive attempt at a psychology degree followed, then he jostled with the idea of becoming a drugs and drink counsellor.’
      • ‘Before leaving, they would be given a friendly lecture by a trained addiction counsellor.’
      • ‘We later had a behavioral health counselor talk to him, but Jeremy said he didn't want help - he could handle things on his own.’
      counsellor, mentor, guide, consultant, consultee, confidant, confidante, right hand man, right hand woman, aide, helper
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  • 2A senior officer in the diplomatic service.

    • ‘Those with interpersonal intelligence are sensitive to others; think of diplomats and counselors as examples.’
    • ‘I was ushered into one of the meeting rooms and met by the embassy's press counsellor.’
    • ‘He is the press counselor at the Chinese embassy in Washington.’
    • ‘By the end of 1983, he was back in the diplomatic service, as counsellor at the Irish embassy in London.’
  • 3US Irish A trial lawyer.

    • ‘He is attacking lawyers for advancing needless litigation and thinks offending counselors should be sued.’
    • ‘Most coaches, attorneys, and counselors will tell you that dating while going through a divorce is never a good thing to do from a psychological perspective and a legal perspective.’
    • ‘They treat their lawyers less like trusted counselors and more like technicians-for-hire whose advice a company feels free to disregard if it isn't what the company wants to hear.’
    • ‘In fact in the recent case before the High Court, the counsellor failed to come up with a clear finding.’
    • ‘His involvement as a lead counselor in the lawsuit connects him to his past relationships, and Seattle University.’
    • ‘The counselors on the other end of the line didn't take her seriously.’
    • ‘We are attorneys and counselors at law, and one of the responsibilities we have, as any representative, is to counsel our client, let them know what their options are, and try to do the best we can for them.’
    • ‘Now she was working as a receptionist and sometime counselor, but she was planning to become a paralegal and, after that, an attorney.’
    • ‘She was brought to the office one day so the counselors and attorneys could work with her.’
    • ‘In the old ideal, lawyers were independent counselors to whom clients turned for sage advice and highly specialized talents.’
    • ‘One can only hope that its alternative message will be heard in the courses and seminars held across the country to educate counselors, law enforcement, and judges about domestic violence.’
    barrister, lawyer, counsellor, legal practitioner
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  • 4North American A person who supervises children at a camp.

    • ‘One thing is certain, if campers were being teased or being picked on, this boy is one counselor who would do something about it.’
    • ‘But when an adult supervisor and other counselors organized a tug-of-war, Allan's instincts told him to refuse to join in.’
    • ‘I would like you to meet some of the junior counselors.’
    • ‘You can give your kids a fun holiday with all kind of games, talent shows parties, movies, crafts, arts, and a world of fun under the supervision of camp carnival counselors.’
    • ‘You are the campers' counselor and friend, not their contemporary or peer.’
    • ‘The first email I received was from my own camp counselor.’
    • ‘We had an excellent arts and crafts counselor who knew a great deal about pattern making and sewing.’
    • ‘Many of my past campers serve as counselors at my Summer Camp.’
    • ‘Many, many years ago I worked as a camp counselor at an Easter Seal camp.’
    • ‘Working as a counselor at a summer camp in northern Wisconsin, he was invited to a friend's family's lake cottage.’
    • ‘Camps should gather specific information about each child and use that in meetings with counselors and supervisors.’
    • ‘He had lined up a dream camp counselor job last June, but honors pre-calculus homework turned his summer into a headache.’
    • ‘Redirecting our focus to encompass both the camper and counselor enhances the camp experience for all involved.’
    • ‘And counselors teach sportsmanship as well as sports.’
    • ‘There is one counselor for every three or four kids.’
    • ‘After so many other thrills, another counselor says she will take the kids for a walk in the forest.’
    • ‘As a camp counselor working with inner-city children, I tried to imagine the life these campers live.’
    • ‘Hey, not to bust up the fun, but we have an hour to get back to camp to relieve our poor junior counselors.’
    educator, tutor, instructor, pedagogue, schoolteacher, schoolmaster, schoolmistress, master, mistress, governess, educationalist, educationist
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Usage

A counselor is someone who gives advice or counsel, especially an attorney. A councilor is a member of a council, such as a town or city council. Confusion arises because many counselors sit on councils, and councilors are often called on to give counsel

Origin

Middle English (in the general sense ‘adviser’): from Old French conseiller, from Latin consiliarius, and Old French conseillour, from Latin consiliator, both from consilium ‘consultation or advice’.

Pronunciation

counselor

/ˈkouns(ə)lər//ˈkaʊns(ə)lər/