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1. The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation: joined in counsel with colleagues before deciding the issue.
2. Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person. See Synonyms at advice.
3. Private, guarded thoughts or opinions: keep one's own counsel.
4. A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and especially conducting a case in court.
v. coun·seled, coun·sel·ing, coun·sels or coun·selled or coun·sel·ling
1. To give counsel to; advise: counseled us to be prudent.
2. To recommend: counseled care in the forthcoming negotiations.
To give or take advice. See Usage Note at council.

[Middle English counseil, from Old French conseil, from Latin cōnsilium; akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel, consult.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counseling - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of actioncounseling - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
road map, guideline - a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action; "the president said he had a road map for normalizing relations with Vietnam"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
career counseling - counseling on career opportunities
cynosure - something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners); "let faith be your cynosure to walk by"
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, steer, tip, wind, hint, lead - an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"


n orientación f, consejería, consejo, asesoría, asesoramiento; family — orientación or consejería or asesoría familiar; genetic — asesoramiento or consejo genético; marriage — consejería or orientación or asesoría matrimonial
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Renal evaluation should be performed in any patient who presents for preconception counseling.
The 38-page document addresses a wide range of complex congenital heart conditions, presenting a newly unified set of recommendations for care that ranges from preconception counseling, through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, to the postpartum period.
encouraging preconception counseling starting at puberty for all girls of childbearing potential.
In conclusion, women with epilepsy should receive preconception counseling about the risk for pregnancy, but also about the possibilities to minimize that risk.
A detailed history of symptoms suggestive of MBD must be taken as part of preconception counseling.
Update: interim guidance for preconception counseling and prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus for persons with possible Zika virus exposure--United States, September 2016.
Preconception counseling should be aimed at identifying women who may be victims of intimate partner violence, depression, and other psychological or psychiatric illnesses that may serve as barriers to prevention of MTCT and to treat and gain control of these conditions prior to contemplating pregnancy [10].
Inactivated vaccines are safe for administration during pregnancy; live virus vaccines, despite being attenuated, are a theoretical risk if spread to the fetus occurs and therefore are contraindicated and should be administered during preconception counseling if indicated.
Even if preconception counseling is difficult to achieve, ObGyns see a large number of women of reproductive age during the course of routine gynecologic care.
Comprehensive preconception counseling should provide the couple and individual partners with information on the available safer conception options (43).
In an ideal world, we would have preconception counseling and would be thinking of an alternative drug several years before pregnancy occurs.
1) Given these realities, family physicians should consider all visits during the reproductive years--especially yearly exams--as opportunities for preconception counseling.