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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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  • psychotherapy has suffered too much from the usual confusion of standpoints.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • But as our aim is only a discussion of principles of psychotherapy, we have no right to use this method.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • The means of psychodiagnostic are not less manifold than those of psychotherapy.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • How psychotherapy is related to the church will interest us later.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • And yet it may be said with correctness that psychotherapy had done its duty.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
British Dictionary definitions for psychotherapy


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 psychotherapy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychotherapy in Medicine

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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psychotherapy 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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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