An expert at a specific kind of healing practice is called a therapist. A massage therapist is trained to soothe sore muscles, for example.

The first thing many people think of when they see the word therapist is a psychotherapist, a mental health practitioner whose job is to diagnose and treat psychiatric conditions. This kind of therapist might listen to a patient's thoughts, fears, problems, and dreams and offer helpful techniques or even medication. Other types of therapists include physical therapists and occupational therapists, both of whom help clients with mobility and quality of life issues presented by their physical disabilities or challenges.

Definitions of therapist
  1. noun
    a person skilled in a particular type of therapy
    synonyms: healer
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    a therapist who practices naprapathy
    a therapist who makes suffering more endurable
    a therapist who practices chiropractic
    a Mexican woman who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans
    a Mexican man who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans
    someone who specializes in the treatment of disease by electricity
    herb doctor, herbalist
    a therapist who heals by the use of herbs
    a therapist who practices naturopathy
    osteopath, osteopathist
    a therapist who manipulates the skeleton and muscles
    physical therapist, physiotherapist
    therapist who treats injury or dysfunction with exercises and other physical treatments of the disorder
    clinical psychologist, psychotherapist
    a therapist who deals with mental and emotional disorders
    a traditional Zulu healer and respected elder
    speech therapist
    a therapist who treats speech defects and disorders
    someone who rubs or kneads parts of the body to stimulate circulation and promote relaxation
    Coue, Emile Coue
    French psychotherapist who claimed that if one imagined one was getting better, one would get better (1857-1926)
    type of:
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
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