psychotherapy

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noun psy·cho·ther·a·py \-ˈther-ə-pē\

Definition of psychotherapy

  1. :  treatment of mental or emotional disorder or of related bodily ills by psychological means

psychotherapist

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Origin and Etymology of psychotherapy

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1890


PSYCHOTHERAPY Defined for English Language Learners

psychotherapy

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noun psy·cho·ther·a·py \-ˈther-ə-pē\

Definition of psychotherapy for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

psychotherapy

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

Medical Definition of psychotherapy

plural

psychotherapies

  1. 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. 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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