Assistance (especially from a professional) in the resolution of personal difficulties(noun)
Present participle of counsel.(verb)
Wiktionary.org : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Use "counseling" in a sentence
"She graduated with a degree in counseling from the University of Maryland in 1988 and received a master's degree in community counseling from George Washington University in 1997."
"You know, the word counseling doesn't really apply."
"Nichols holds a BA in Psychology from Seton Hill University and a MEd in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh; she has been employed as an instructor in the social work graduate school at Syracuse University and in the social service department at Community-General Hospital, Syracuse, NY."