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therapist

[ther-uh-pist] /ˈθɛr ə pɪst/
noun
1.
a person trained in the use of physical methods, as exercises, heat treatments, etc., in treating or rehabilitating the sick or wounded or helping patients overcome physical defects.
2.
a person trained in the use of psychological methods for helping patients overcome psychological problems.
3.
Also, therapeutist
[ther-uh-pyoo-tist] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪst/ (Show IPA)
. a person, as a doctor, skilled in therapeutics.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; therap(y) + -ist
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Examples from the web for therapist
  • They self-diagnose, search out a therapist, or share illness stories.
  • But she would never ask to quit, her physical therapist says.
  • My mom worked full-time as a physical therapist, yet prepared dinner each night for our family of five.
  • Short story about a divorced, lonely attorney's brief relationship with a therapist he meets at the jail.
  • Typically, the therapist encourages patients to expose themselves to a situation that provokes an obsessive response.
  • He referred me to a physical therapist because he suspected that my back pain was caused by a knee problem.
  • Even the therapist agreed that my mind was in good health.
  • Empirically supported therapies seek to bring the power of research-proven techniques to the therapist's office.
  • Her therapist has helped lift her out of a debilitating depression that began when she was trying to console a grieving friend.
  • It may turn out that seeing a therapist is more effective than drug treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for therapist

therapist

/ˈθɛrəpɪst/
noun
1.
a person skilled in a particular type of therapy: a physical therapist
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Word Origin and History for therapist
n.

1886, from therapy + -ist; earlier was therapeutist (1816). Especially of psychotherapy practitioners from c.1930s.

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therapist in Medicine

therapist ther·a·pist (thěr'ə-pĭst)
n.
One who specializes in the provision of a particular therapy.

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