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 Stephanie, Marissa and Reyna are now meeting with a therapist once a week. Brittny Mejia Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2022 It is intended to be used in conjunction with a therapist. Will Coldwell, Wired, 29 Dec. 2021 Providers will offer a treatment plan (usually involving medication), a schedule, and connect you with a therapist, adds Robinson. Sarah Fielding,, 10 Nov. 2021 John, who asked to remain anonymous, is one of the veterans who downloaded the app, which put him in touch with a therapist. Catherine Herridge, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2021 After experiencing the rigorous structure of military life, combined with the harrowing traumas of combat, veterans can’t always immediately sit down and talk through their experiences with a therapist or with their families. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 Johnson had been working with a physical therapist and ran two treadmill miles Tuesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2021 The answer is to talk things through with your child—either alone or with a therapist. Francine Russo, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 Talking through these issues with a licensed therapist early, mental health experts recommend, could stave off more serious issues for students as responsibilities increase over the semester. Amie Schaeffer, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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