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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Cut off from the outside world, Cunningham returned to his long-dormant Catholic faith and started seeing a therapist over Skype and joined a support support group. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 In 2016, she was placed in the university’s Department of Physical Therapy, despite not being a licensed physical therapist, excluding her from participating in department decisions and curriculum changes. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 Falzoi has since founded Dignity Together, which helps targets, therapists, and employers address workplace bullying — including understanding which behaviors cross the line into abuse. Jessica Press, Redbook, "Women Need to Know They Don't Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace," 19 Sep. 2018 Just a sample of those titles are respiratory therapist, MRI technologist and CT technologist. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Will I have to reschedule a hospital procedure? Here's what patients need to know about UC Davis strike | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 Glover was part of a musical trio seeing a therapist (Strong) and a would-be Barbie employee coming up with bleak captions for the doll. Hal Boedeker,, "'SNL': Stormy Daniels warns Trump," 6 May 2018 The 24-year-old had been the athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos since 2016. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Humboldt Broncos trainer dies days after crash," 12 Apr. 2018 His father works in physiotherapy and his mother is a massage therapist. Alex Prewitt,, "For the NHL's Two Sebastian Ahos, the Similarities Run Deeper Than Their Name," 21 Feb. 2018 Russell, a Fort Worth resident, is an award-winning massage therapist, who found cycling as a 20-something and later triathlons. John Henry, star-telegram, "The Cowtown and The City of Lights both on radar for award-winning massage therapist," 7 Feb. 2018

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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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