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[sahy-koh-ther-uh-pee] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈθɛr ə pi/
noun, plural psychotherapies.
the treatment of psychological disorders or maladjustments by a professional technique, as psychoanalysis, group therapy, or behavioral therapy.
Origin of psychotherapy
First recorded in 1890-95; psycho- + therapy
Related forms
psychotherapist, noun
Can be confused Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for psychotherapist


the treatment of nervous disorders by psychological methods
Derived Forms
psychotherapeutic, adjective
psychotherapeutically, adverb
psychotherapist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychotherapist

1894, from psychotherapy + -ist.



1892 in modern sense, from psycho- + therapy, in model of French psychothérapie (1889). In early use also of hypnotism. Related: Psychotherapeutic.

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psychotherapist in Medicine

psychotherapist psy·cho·ther·a·pist (sī'kō-thěr'ə-pĭst)
A person, usually a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, professionally trained to practice psychotherapy.

psychotherapy psy·cho·ther·a·py (sī'kō-thěr'ə-pē)
The treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal being personality growth and behavior modification. Also called psychotherapeutics.

psy'cho·ther'a·peu'tic (-pyōō'tĭk) adj.
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psychotherapist in Culture

psychotherapy definition

The use of the techniques of psychology or psychiatry or both to treat mental and emotional disorders. The term includes psychoanalysis, as well as other forms of psychological therapy.

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