Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy

Uniting Faith and Professional Practice

Edited by Carrie York Al-Karam

A growing number of clinical therapists are becoming aware of the need to incorporate into their therapeutic approach the spirituality and religious beliefs of their clients. Most of the work in this area has focused on members of the Christian faith, but resources for those of the Islamic faith are urgently needed as well. Historically, mental illness has been heavily stigmatized within Islam, making it difficult for clinicians to diagnose and treat their Muslim clients.

This book—a collection of essays written exclusively by Muslim clinicians—shares tested strategies for integrating the principles of Islam into the framework of clinical psychother­apy. The contributing experts demonstrate the compatibility between the religious tenets held sacred by their clients and the empirical strategies held efficacious by science. A range of topics is discussed and deftly enriched with the teachings of the faith.These include marital counseling; cognitive therapy; family therapy; psychodynamic therapy; and children and adolescent therapy.

Focused, accessible, and practical, this book is a must-have for clinical therapists who want to honor the beliefs of their Muslim clients while still administering to them the benefits of psychotherapy. Such a union of spirituality and mental health promises to promote an enduring state of well-being by speak­ing to what is most deeply meaningful in a client’s life.