[ sahy-koh-ther-uh-pee ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˈθɛr ə pi /

noun, plural psy·cho·ther·a·pies.

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

psy·cho·ther·a·pist, noun

Can be confused

psychiatrist psychologist psychoanalyst psychotherapistpsychiatry psychology psychoanalysis psychotherapy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for psychotherapist


less commonly psychotherapeutics (ˌsaɪkəʊˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪks)

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈθɛrəpɪ) /


the treatment of nervous disorders by psychological methods

Derived Forms

psychotherapeutic, adjectivepsychotherapeutically, adverbpsychotherapist, noun
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Medicine definitions for psychotherapist (1 of 2)


[ sī′kō-thĕrə-pĭst ]


An individual, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or psychiatric social worker, who practices psychotherapy.

Medicine definitions for psychotherapist (2 of 2)


[ sī′kō-thĕrə-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.psychotherapeutics

Related forms

psy′cho•ther′a•peutic (-pyōōtĭk) adj.
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Culture definitions for psychotherapist


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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