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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social and vocational functioning, and personality growth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as psychotherapeutics.
  • noun Treatment of functional disease by mental suggestion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Psychotherapeutics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The treatment of people diagnosed with mental and emotional disorders using dialogue and a variety of psychological techniques.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
  • noun the branch of psychiatry concerned with psychological methods

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