ther·a·pist | \ˈther-ə-pist \

Definition of therapist 

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

Examples of therapist in a Sentence

He works with a therapist to improve his speech.

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Health care support workers, on the other hand, include home health aides, massage therapists, psychiatric aides and phlebotomists among their ranks. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Which city’s health workers boast highest disposable income? Hint: It’s a capital," 28 June 2018 Listen to the experts: Barry J. Jacobs, a member of AARP's Caregiving Advisory Panel, clinical psychologist and family therapist, wrote this endorsement of the many positives of attending caregiver support groups. Michele Parente,, "Too busy, too shy for a caregiver support group? Go to one, then decide," 24 Apr. 2018 The physical therapist and associate clinical director of Champion Sports Medicine has worked with the likes of Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and Derek Jeter, according to his website. Michael Casagrande,, "Why JK Scott almost quit football two years ago," 13 Apr. 2018 The donation will fund a team of teachers and auxiliary staff, including speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and psychologists. Debora Almeida,, "MetroWest Jewish Day School receives donation for special education," 27 Mar. 2018 From 3 to 5, patients have individual appointments with psychiatrists, psychologists and other therapists. Amy Chozick, New York Times, "Where’s Harvey?," 9 Mar. 2018 Along with classroom teachers, the new bargaining agreement covers computer, art, music and physical education specialists, as well as nurses, librarians, guidance counselors, school psychologists and therapists for speech and hearing. Thomas Jewell,, "Shaker schools, teachers' union OK 3-year contract, 2% annual raises," 18 Feb. 2018 Which is why Nicole, a pediatric physical therapist, and Christian, a truck driver, were devastated — and terrified — after their twins' diagnoses. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED]: The McDonald Twins Are Miraculously Stable After a Trying Weekend," 17 Oct. 2016 Other therapists and researchers have embraced ethnotherapy as a way to help people develop healthy self images. Carolyn Said,, "‘Black Rage’ co-author Dr. Price Cobbs dies at 89," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of therapist

1886, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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 \

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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