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 & 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

Examples of therapist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Are there other ways that being a therapist has changed during this period? Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Relationship Expert Esther Perel on the Surprising Intimacy of Virtual Therapy," 19 Oct. 2020 Cartelli, a physical therapist, said that balancing her job and remote learning for her son, Matthew, had been chaotic. Casey Parks, The New Yorker, "Glad for Plaid, as Catholic Schools Pick Up the Slack," 12 Oct. 2020 Reagan, who’s also lost his sense of direction, follows a therapist’s suggestion to walk to random locations near his home in lower Manhattan. Pam Belluck New York Times, Star Tribune, "'I feel like I have dementia': Brain fog plagues COVID survivors," 11 Oct. 2020 Five years ago, a therapist with HGI Counseling was working with Attack Poverty, a nonprofit which was near Pink Elementary School. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "HGI Counseling to offer services at 37 Lamar CISD schools," 20 Aug. 2020 Coronado’s attorney at the time filed a custody-modification lawsuit to prevent the children’s visitation with their father until a therapist evaluated them and declared it in their best interests to resume visits. Kathryn Joyce, Longreads, "She Said Her Husband Hit Her. She Lost Custody of Their Kids," 10 Aug. 2020 Don’t be afraid to find someone new if a particular therapist doesn't work out. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Breaking the Silence: How I Conquered Selective Mutism," 1 May 2015 For Hendricks, a 38-year-old therapist who has a history of needing to be hospitalized about four times a year for bouts of pneumonia and acute chest syndrome, telehealth has been a godsend. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "‘They are really afraid’: Fears about Covid-19 are complicating care for patients with sickle cell," 17 Sep. 2020 Dear Annie: Please tell Still Hurting and all your readers who are suffering emotional pain from child abuse, or any kind of abuse, that a therapist with Internal Family Systems training can coach them through the trauma to a happier place. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Exhausted friend needs to set boundaries," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of therapist

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Therapist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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


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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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