talk therapy


: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

Examples of talk therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s the finding of a study from the U.K. that looked at data from almost 130,000 people who visited websites that help provide access to 28 different counseling and talk therapy services for England’s National Health Service. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Much better than medications so far is a kind of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia or CBT-I, Martin said. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 Brooklyn said Hims' program for mental health care includes psychiatry and talk therapy. CBS News, 26 Dec. 2023 Patric Gagne’s Sociopath tells how the writer (who herself has been diagnosed as a sociopath) learned to stop treating her inability to identify her feelings by committing petty crimes, and to start trying talk therapy and building strong relationships instead. Vulture, 2 Jan. 2024 Treatment can include talk therapy, medications, and other interventions such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and exposure therapy. Lauren Krouse, Verywell Health, 11 Nov. 2023 The goal of this talk therapy is to help patients unlearn negative behaviors and thoughts and adopt healthier ones. Nafeesah Allen, Parents, 8 Jan. 2024 In conjunction with taking the drug, subjects engaged in psychotherapy — also known as talk therapy — along with other supportive services. David Ovalle, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 But guided meditation in nature, supported by talk therapy, focused my attention, provided connection and calm. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of talk therapy was in 1979

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“Talk therapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

talk therapy

: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient
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