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psychotherapy

noun psy·cho·ther·a·py \-ˈther-ə-pē\

: treatment of mental or emotional illness by talking about problems rather than by using medicine or drugs

Full Definition of PSYCHOTHERAPY

:  treatment of mental or emotional disorder or of related bodily ills by psychological means
psy·cho·ther·a·pist \-pist\ noun

Origin of PSYCHOTHERAPY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1890

psychotherapy

noun psy·cho·ther·a·py \ˌsī-kō-ˈther-ə-pē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural psy·cho·ther·a·pies

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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