psy·​cho·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic ˌsī-kō-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce psychotherapeutic (audio)
: of, relating to, or used in psychotherapy
psychotherapeutically adverb

Examples of psychotherapeutic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One survey of lower- and middle-income countries found 39 studies that identified psychotherapeutic treatments could boost work outcomes, including employment, in randomized control trials. Tyler Cowen, The Mercury News, 6 Jan. 2024 Over four decades, his unique approach has served as a beacon of guidance for innumerable individuals and families navigating their psychotherapeutic challenges. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 8 June 2023 Other approaches include psychotherapeutic and pharmaceutical interventions that target specific behavioral or cognitive symptoms and speech difficulties. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2023 Though group therapy has incorporated different psychotherapeutic approaches over the years and went virtual during the pandemic, the basic tenets—adults gathering to talk and weather shared struggles, among them addiction and depression—have remained largely unchanged. Laura Cooper, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 Funding could also make a difference further upstream, by subsidizing psychotherapeutic education. WIRED, 28 Sep. 2022 Ketamine is already widely used in the United States to treat depression, but Awakn is seeking to construct a manualized approach to incorporate the chemical into a three-dose psychotherapeutic regimen. Zack Jones, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The healers associate themselves with a range of shamanistic traditions and typically also incorporate vernacular psychotherapeutic ideas about trauma and healing. Noah Feldman, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 Sanacora also notes that the psychotherapeutic component of the study—which gave equal amounts of preparation, counseling and follow-up to both the escitalopram and psilocybin groups—is unusual and noteworthy. Zoe Cormier, Scientific American, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychotherapeutic was in 1854

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“Psychotherapeutic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


psy·​cho·​ther·​a·​peu·​tic -ˌther-ə-ˈpyüt-ik How to pronounce psychotherapeutic (audio)
: of, relating to, or used in psychotherapy
psychotherapeutic methods
psychotherapeutically adverb
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