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psychotherapy

[sahy-koh-ther-uh-pee]
noun, plural psy·cho·ther·a·pies.
  1. the treatment of psychological disorders or maladjustments by a professional technique, as psychoanalysis, group therapy, or behavioral therapy.
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Origin of psychotherapy

First recorded in 1890–95; psycho- + therapy
Related formspsy·cho·ther·a·pist, noun
Can be confusedpsychiatrist psychologist psychoanalyst psychotherapistpsychiatry psychology psychoanalysis psychotherapy
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  • How psychotherapy is related to the church will interest us later.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • 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

  • But interest in suggestion does not represent to-day the last step of psychotherapy.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg


British Dictionary definitions for psychotherapy

psychotherapy

less commonly psychotherapeutics (ˌsaɪkəʊˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪks)

noun
  1. the treatment of nervous disorders by psychological methods
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Derived Formspsychotherapeutic, adjectivepsychotherapeutically, adverbpsychotherapist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychotherapy

n.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychotherapy in Medicine

psychotherapy

(sī′kō-thĕrə-pē)
n.
  1. 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
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Related formspsy′cho•ther′a•peutic (-pyōōtĭk) adj.
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psychotherapy in Culture

psychotherapy

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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