Simple Definition of psychotherapy
: treatment of mental or emotional illness by talking about problems rather than by using medicine or drugs
Origin of psychotherapy
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1890
Medical Definition of psychotherapy
1: treatment of mental or emotional disorder or maladjustment by psychological means especially involving verbal communication (as in psychoanalysis, nondirective psychotherapy, reeducation, or hypnosis)
2: any alteration in an individual's interpersonal environment, relationships, or life situation brought about especially by a qualified therapist and intended to have the effect of alleviating symptoms of mental or emotional disturbance
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