Definition of therapist in English:



  • 1A person skilled in a particular kind of therapy.

    ‘a certified massage therapist’
    • ‘This stars Liam Neeson, and this is about the sex therapist who had written books and was hailed as a hero and then sort of turned into a scapegoat.’
    • ‘Consult your physical therapist for good lifts that won't hurt your neck.’
    • ‘They return to the occupational therapist to figure out new ways of coping with problems or to master a new skill.’
    • ‘Doctors said that she should be re-assessed by the speech and language therapist, although, as we were approaching a weekend, the nurses could assess her.’
    • ‘You may need a physical therapist to help with these exercises.’
    • ‘Mary Kershaw says her profoundly deaf grandson has not even been seen by a speech therapist.’
    • ‘I told him that I did not learn to talk until I was 4 1/2 years old, after going to a speech therapist for a short time.’
    • ‘This is in addition to the full-time occupational therapist at the Commons who refers patients to St Thomas's Hospital if necessary.’
    • ‘It is valued by cosmetic surgeons, physical therapists, and chiropractors alike.’
    • ‘I know that there is a shortage of nurses and speech therapists but because of the rules we are unable to help out.’
    • ‘He also runs twice a week and is a qualified sports injury therapist, massage therapist, personal trainer and 3rd dan Black belt.’
    • ‘Many of the omitted suggestions are those that would be routinely suggested by family therapists.’
    • ‘This figure only considers small business people from restaurant owners and ferry operators to massage therapists; it does not take into account the loss to airlines and hotels.’
    • ‘He is well - spoken, as people used to say, and married to a speech therapist called Susie.’
    • ‘Start with recommendations from your doctor or an occupational therapist.’
    • ‘Until a few months ago 31-year-old Denise Cannon was a beauty therapist who confesses that her knowledge of the technicalities of the average automobile was little more than rudimentary.’
    • ‘A national survey was used to collect data on institutional policies and on individual practices related to airway management among nurses and respiratory therapists.’
    • ‘This approach is similar to the alternative approaches recommended to family therapists working with youth in a recent episode of Family Therapy Networker.’
    • ‘Physical therapists are attempting to get her to stand with help and are working to keep her arm muscles from becoming contracted.’
    • ‘I continued to see the chiropractor and massage therapist and increased the number of times I was swimming.’
    psychologist, psychotherapist, analyst, psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, mind doctor, head doctor
    shrink, trick cyclist, head shrinker
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    1. 1.1A person who treats psychological problems; a psychotherapist.
      ‘cost is one factor keeping them from the therapist's couch’
      • ‘This seemed to throw the therapists a bit of a curve; the more despondent the client got, the less the therapists asked her questions about what that was like.’
      • ‘I think speaking with a trusted friend (or therapist) about your grief could also help.’
      • ‘In Iowa, for example, these cases must be brought within five years of the date the victim was last treated by the therapist.’
      • ‘Some therapists think hypnosis opens a window to the unconscious mind where memories of past lives are stored.’
      • ‘First, therapists ' empathic responses are often critical in fostering an open exploration of what can be a very personal area.’
      • ‘She only started eating again when her therapist threatened to admit her to hospital and have her force-fed.’
      • ‘The therapist also coaches spouses to logically analyze their cognitions.’
      • ‘Therapists may benefit from working with, rather than against, ego inflation.’
      • ‘The therapist encouraged her to feel free either to move closer to him physically and emotionally during this process or to move away.’
      • ‘When I was little I too dreamed I would grow up to be a princess, but my Dad sent me to a load of therapists.’
      • ‘With each success, the therapist helps the patient move up to other obsessions that cause greater anxiety.’
      • ‘Amy's therapist viewed Amy's rejection of medication as a unique act of self-assurance and maturity.’
      • ‘In 1965 he started a psychiatric community project at Kingsley Hall in London, where patients and therapists lived together.’
      • ‘There are few clinical therapists specialising in self-injury, so referral is often to therapists who deal with abuse or whose expertise is in eating disorders.’
      • ‘Premier coaches - like good therapists or sponsors in 12-step programs - hold people accountable for sticking with new behavior.’
      • ‘The therapist addressed these distortions and worked with her to develop a more holistic view of the relationship and each partner.’
      • ‘The wife sued the patient's therapist alleging a failure of duty to protect.’
      • ‘The authors conclude their paper with a discussion of research and theory in clinical psychology on the therapist and the therapist-client relationship that may be applicable to organizational psychology.’
      • ‘He arrived, he acted like an ex-husband, but for all we knew he could have been her therapist.’