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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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  • Most people who enter counseling or psychotherapy want to improve some aspect of their living.

  • psychotherapy is the practice of treating the sick by influencing the mental life.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Many unhappy and problem-ridden people, though by no means all who have tried it, have profited from psychotherapy.

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

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Tears and hysterical manifestation are not uncommon, and for these psychotherapy is the most important remedial measure.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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