About Abdallah Rothman
Dr. Abdallah Rothman is the founder of Shifaa Integrative Counseling and co-founder and Executive Director of the International Association of Islamic Psychology, working at the intersection of Islamic spirituality and mental health practice. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), licensed in the United States and currently living abroad in the UAE.
Dr. Abdallah earned an M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University and earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Kingston University London. He is a student of Professor Malik Badri in Islamic psychology and in addition to his academic training has studied privately with a number of traditional Islamic scholars throughout the Muslim world. Dr. Abdallah's clinical practice as well as his academic research focus on approaching counseling from within an Islamic paradigm and establishing an indigenous Islamic theoretical orientation to human psychology that is grounded in the knowledge of the soul from the Islamic tradition. He publishes on this topic in books and journal articles and gives presentations, leads interactive workshops, and is invited to public speaking engagements at universities and organizations around the world. He is visiting professor of psychology at Zaim University Istanbul, International Islamic University Islamabad, and Al-Neelain University Khartoum.
Dr. Abdallah has over 15 years’ experience as a counseling psychologist working with individuals, couples and youth in a variety of settings. His experience with many different styles and methods of therapy enable him to offer a well-rounded, versatile approach to counseling. He uses an integrative approach in his practice, which means that he combines different techniques to cater to the unique needs of each client. In addition to Islamic psychotherapy, some of the other methods of therapy he is trained in include; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Art Therapy, and Spiritual Counseling. Abdallah draws on aspects from each of these frameworks and methods as appropriate for the personality of the client as well as the issues with which they are struggling. He does this in a seamless way, creating a comfortable environment that makes it easy for his clients to uncover the core of their issue and attain relief and growth.
Abdallah’s travels allowed him to have the opportunity to be immersed in various cultural contexts and to experience life from the lens of others. He is therefore able to see each of his clients as they are, taking into account their respective cultural and world views and honoring who they are. His knowledge of different spiritual traditions also enables him to relate to and support people in their own brand of spirituality. Spirituality can be a significant part of the therapy process, as spiritual beliefs and/or practices help many of us make sense of and cope with the difficulties in life. Abdallah is sensitive to this and helps people navigate their way toward a more balanced life.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Research concentration: Islamic Psychology & Psychotherapy
Kingston University London
Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)
Concentration: Mental Health Counseling
Antioch University Seattle, WA
Certification in Art Therapy (MA)
Antioch University Seattle, WA
Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies (BA)
University of California Santa Cruz
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Virginia Board of Counseling
Registered Art Therapist- Board Certified (ATR-BC)
American Art Therapy Association
CPR and First Aid Certification
American Red Cross
Professional Organization Membership
American Counseling Association
American Art Therapy Associaton
Professional Credentialed Member
International Association of Islamic Psychology
Rothman, A. & Coyle, A. (2020). Conceptualizing an Islamic psychotherapy: A grounded theory study. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. American Psychological Association. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/scp0000219
Khan, F., Keshavarzi, H. & Rothman, A. (2020). The Role of the TIIP Therapist. In Keshavarzi, H., Awaad, R., & Khan, F. (Eds.), Applying Islamic Principles to Clinical Mental Health Care. London: Routledge (in Press).
Rothman, A. (2020). From Padawan to Jedi: The theological premise for the necessity of the master-apprentice relationship in the path of spiritual ascension. In Espinoza, B. (Ed.), Theology and the Star Wars Universe. Rowman and Littlefield (in Press).
Rothman, A. (2019). What Islam Offers to Modern Self-Help: An Islamic Paradigm of Psychology [blog post]. The Productive Muslim. Retrieved from https://productivemuslim.com/what-islam-offers-to-modern-self-help/
Rothman, A. (2018). An Islamic Theoretical Orientation to Psychotherapy. In York, C. (Ed.), Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Uniting faith and professional practice (pp. 25-56). West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press.
Rothman, A. & Coyle, A. (2018). Toward a framework for Islamic psychology and psychotherapy: An Islamic model of the soul. Journal of Religion and Health. 57(5), 1731-1744.
Rothman, A. (2017). Mental Health and Religious Identity: Inspiring Transformation in Muslim Youth [blog post]. Tabah Futures Initiative. Retrieved from https://medium.com/tabah-vista/https-medium-com-tabah-vista-mentalhealthyouth-3035a6627a3d
Haque, A., Khan, F., Keshavarzi, H., & Rothman, A. E. (2016). Integrating Islamic Traditions in Modern Psychology: Research Trends in Last Ten Years. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 10(1).