talk therapy

noun

Definition of talk therapy 

: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

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The disorder is considered incurable and is typically treated with talk therapy and a drug regimen. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 Dawn of a Dark Age In the 1960s, as mental health experts apparently grew frustrated with talk therapy’s limited ability to achieve deep and lasting change in gay patients, the world of conversion therapy took a drastic turn. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "How Gay Conversion Therapy Came to Be, and How It Persists Today," 7 Aug. 2018 The technical stuff — treatment of mental illness, the rise of talk therapy, etc. Mitch Stacy, chicagotribune.com, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 10 July 2018 The technical stuff — treatment of mental illness, the rise of talk therapy, etc. Mitch Stacy, chicagotribune.com, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 10 July 2018 The technical stuff — treatment of mental illness, the rise of talk therapy, etc. Washington Post, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 7 July 2018 Biofeedback, meditation, medication and talk therapy could all help. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Successful son fails at relationship with mom," 28 June 2018 Check out this video to learn more about anxiety, and effective treatment options like talk therapy and medications. Madelyn Fernstrom /, NBC News, "Is it normal worry or an anxiety disorder?," 17 May 2018 Conversion treatment can include traditional talk therapy as well as more extreme — and, medical groups say, damaging — methods. Robbie Short, SFChronicle.com, "‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill," 1 July 2018

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talk therapy

noun
\ˈtȯk- \

Medical Definition of talk therapy 

: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

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