- a person trained in the use of physical methods, as exercises, heat treatments, etc., in treating or rehabilitating the sick or wounded or helping patients overcome physical defects.
- a person trained in the use of psychological methods for helping patients overcome psychological problems.
- Also ther·a·peu·tist [ther-uh-pyoo-tist] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪst/. a person, as a doctor, skilled in therapeutics.
Origin of therapist
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- a person skilled in a particular type of therapya physical therapist
Word Origin and History for therapist
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- One who specializes in the provision of a particular therapy.
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