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 Dictionary entry overview: What does psychotherapy mean? 

  The noun PSYCHOTHERAPY has 2 senses:

1. the branch of psychiatry concerned with psychological methods
2. the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means

  Familiarity information: PSYCHOTHERAPY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1psychotherapy [BACK TO TOP]


The branch of psychiatry concerned with psychological methods

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


mental hygiene; psychotherapeutics; psychotherapy

Hypernyms ("psychotherapy" is a kind of...):

psychiatry; psychological medicine; psychopathology (the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "psychotherapy"):

clinical psychology (the branch of psychology concerned with the treatment of abnormal mentation and behavior)

Freudian psychology (the psychological theories of Sigmund Freud)

Jungian psychology (the psychological theories of Carl Jung)

Sense 2psychotherapy [BACK TO TOP]


The treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("psychotherapy" is a kind of...):

therapy ((medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.))

Domain member category:

free-associate (associate freely)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "psychotherapy"):

behavior modification; behavior therapy (psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior)

self-analysis (the application of psychotherapeutic principles to the analysis of your own personality)

analysis; depth psychology; psychoanalysis (a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud)

play therapy (form of psychotherapy for children that uses play situations for diagnosis or treatment)

hypnotherapy (the use of hypnosis in psychotherapy)

group psychotherapy; group therapy (psychotherapy in which a small group of individuals meet with a therapist; interactions among the members are considered to be therapeutic)

crisis intervention (psychotherapy that focuses on acute critical situations (depressive episodes or attempted suicides or drug overdoses) with the aim of restoring the person to the level of functioning before the crisis)

client-centered therapy (a method of psychotherapy developed by Carl Rogers in which the client determines the focus and pace of each session)

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