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psychotherapy Line breaks: psy¦cho|ther¦apy
Pronunciation: /sʌɪkəʊˈθɛrəpi/

Definition of psychotherapy in English:


[mass noun]
The treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means.
Example sentences
  • Hypnosis is now used in medical treatment as hypnotic psychotherapy to treat diseases of both the body and the mind.
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy in bulimia nervosa this is a three phase treatment.
  • Yes, there is still a major role for psychotherapy in treating mental illnesses.



Pronunciation: /sʌɪkəʊθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk/
Example sentences
  • Ice added that the treatment for eating disorders must be ‘as complex as the illness’ and should include nutritional, medical, psychiatric and psychotherapeutic aspects.
  • Frank considered demoralization a common central feature of those seeking psychiatric, especially psychotherapeutic, care.
  • If a process of ‘psychotherapy’ is to prove psychotherapeutic, in any more than a serendipitous way, I think this depends on the presence of psychoanalytic work.


Example sentences
  • Many eating disorder psychotherapists, dieticians and medical doctors are part of a world-wide information-sharing network.
  • In addition, psychologists became the primary consultants and psychotherapists for all inpatient units serving the hospital's poor, multiethnic, troubled youngsters.
  • Have you ever had any contact with any mental health professionals, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists or psychiatrists?

Words that rhyme with psychotherapy

aromatherapy, chemotherapy, hypnotherapy, physiotherapy, radiotherapy, therapy

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