Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of PSYCHOTHERAPY

:  treatment of mental or emotional disorder or maladjustment by psychological means especially involving verbal communication (as in psychoanalysis, nondirective psychotherapy, reeducation, or hypnosis)
:  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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