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I know there is a word that means 'healing' as in. "The therapy session was very __", blank meaning it was healing (possibly of emotional wounds from the past)

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I think you mean "spiritually healing" (as in healing to the spirit) rather than "Spiritual Healing" (healing by the spirit)! –  user1579 Jun 1 '11 at 15:38
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I often see "cathartic" in this context, which describes the release of negative emotions. I think this word implies a healing process.

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+1; Bah, I was just trying to post this. Ninja'd. :( –  MrHen Jun 1 '11 at 14:46
    
That's the word, Cathartic. Couldnt for the life of me find it in the thesaurus. Thanks –  Brian Bishop Jun 2 '11 at 10:20
    
Today, the word is used more in the metaphorical than the absolute sense. So much so most are aware only of such use and not the dictionary meaning. –  Kris May 12 '12 at 5:15
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I think the word you want is

Therapeutic

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Which actually comes from the Greek θεραπεύω, meaning to heal. –  snumpy Jun 1 '11 at 14:58
    
Makes me think "have one of the doctor's wholesome salubrious therapeutic restoratives!" ... though I doubt that's exactly the connotation the OP intended. –  aedia λ Jun 1 '11 at 21:06
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I would suggest sanative or sanatory. These words mean 'healing' and could be used in your sentence to convey this meaning.

The therapy session was very sanative.

I think both of the suggested words have some problems.

  1. Cathartic could mean either a release of strong emotions or purgative or laxative, so in your context there is a danger of the word being misconstrued.
  2. Therapeutic suits better, but does not fit well in your sentence. Saying "The therapy session was therapeutic" sounds repetitious.
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