talk therapy


: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The pain and loss led DelaCruz to traditional talk therapy. David Culver, CNN, 4 Nov. 2022 Gender-affirming care includes everything from talk therapy to hormone therapy to (in rare instances) surgical intervention. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 Jonah Hill’s new documentary Stutz, out on Netflix November 14, is a beautiful, up-close look at the power of talk therapy at its best. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 13 Nov. 2022 Typical remedies for depression like medication, talk therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help, too. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2022 New research reveals that the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, in combination with talk therapy, could be a promising treatment for people with alcohol addiction. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Aug. 2022 Regular talk therapy can help your child learn to relax and cope with stress. Tribune News Service, al, 29 June 2022 In theory, combined with talk therapy, people might be able to break bad habits and adopt new attitudes more easily. Carla K. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2022 This is particularly plausible if seeking care is associated with other beneficial experiences, like coming out or starting talk therapy. Wired, 20 July 2022 See More

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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 6 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

talk therapy


: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient
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