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[bib-lee-oh-ther-uh-pee] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈθɛr ə pi/
noun, Psychiatry.
the use of reading as an ameliorative adjunct to therapy.
Origin of bibliotherapy
1915-20; biblio- + therapy
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[bib-lee-oh-ther-uh-pyoo-tik] /ˌbɪb li oʊˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk/ (Show IPA),
bibliotherapist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bibliotherapy
  • bibliotherapy is the new service offering solace to jaded souls.
  • bibliotherapy usually works for me: reading or viewing depression-related essays and drama.
  • Group guidance sessions are one of the best ways to introduce bibliotherapy.
  • Recommendations were offered to teachers and counselors for use of these books as bibliotherapy.
  • The use of bibliotherapy is described as a means to help children.
bibliotherapy in Medicine

bibliotherapy bib·li·o·ther·a·py (bĭb'lē-ō-thěr'ə-pē)
A form of psychotherapy in which selected reading materials are used to assist a person in solving personal problems or for other therapeutic purposes.

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