ther·​a·​pist | \ ˈther-ə-pist How to pronounce therapist (audio) \

Definition of therapist

1 : an individual specializing in the therapeutic medical treatment of impairment, injury, disease, or disorder especially : a health-care professional trained in methods of treatment and rehabilitation other than the use of drugs or surgery These simple range-of-motion exercises are often prescribed by physical, occupational, or hand therapists for people with hand OA [=osteoarthritis]. Food {amp} Fitness Advisor To help the baby interact with his family, a speech therapist taught everyone—including Justin's twin brother, Jeffery—hand signals and games. — Michele Blecher
2 : a practitioner of psychotherapy : a psychotherapist Again, it is important for the therapist to recognize that regression is normative due to the extreme stress of separation and divorce.— Nathan W. Turner

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Jonathan is a therapist primarily for disaffected young white men of privilege, teenagers who seem to have everything but who suddenly turn angry, sullen, withdrawn, violent. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Boy, Uninterrupted," 10 Sep. 2019 Suicidal ideation exists on a spectrum, and a good therapist will want to know the full story. Allure, "How to Talk About Suicidal Ideation With Your Therapist and Loved Ones," 9 Sep. 2019 In the film, your ex-wife (now a therapist specializing in addiction recovery) talks about how it is considered a disease now. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Robbie Robertson Explains How The Band Doc 'Once Were Brothers' Came Together," 5 Sep. 2019 Speech therapist Stela Fejtek will be the instructor. Wendy Grove, Glendale News-Press, "On Campus at GCC: Glendale Community College fair to welcome new students with booths, music, food," 12 Aug. 2019 During a hot stone massage, which is popular in the United States, a massage therapist puts warm stones on parts of the body that serve as acupressure points, said WebMD. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Woman dies during hot stone massage after heating device catches fire," 31 July 2019 The Fallbrook nonprofit trains and places service dogs with families with children who have autism as well as with autism therapists. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Autism companion dogs ‘graduate’ into service," 28 Aug. 2019 As an occupational therapist employee of 33 years in our outstanding Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation hospital, a more earnest effort by the county negotiators is requested. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Negotiators, get a better county contact offer," 28 Aug. 2019 Life Skills plans to hire 100 staffers, inluding behavioral technicians and therapists. Dallas News, "Life Skills Autism Academy opening in Plano plans to provide one-on-one therapy," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of therapist

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of therapist

: a person trained in methods of treating illnesses especially without the use of drugs or surgery
: a person who helps people deal with mental or emotional problems by talking about those problems : a person trained in psychotherapy


ther·​a·​pist | \ ˈther-ə-pəst How to pronounce therapist (audio) \

Kids Definition of therapist

: a person specializing in treating disorders or injuries of the body or mind especially in ways that do not involve drugs and surgery a speech therapist


ther·​a·​pist | \ ˈther-ə-pəst How to pronounce therapist (audio) \

Medical Definition of therapist

: a person specializing in therapy especially : one trained in methods of treatment and rehabilitation other than the use of drugs or surgery

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