Dr. Abdallah Rothman gave a talk on the state of the therapist's heart in Islamic psychotherapy at the Symposium on Psychology and Spirituality in Istanbul March 4, 2019. In this short presentation he discusses the position of an Islamic psychotherapist as innately involving an aspect of spiritual guidance given the nature of the domain of the soul. Considering this, Dr. Abdallah suggests that it becomes an ethical obligation of the therapist to be constantly engaged in a process of tazkiyat an nafs (purification of the soul) and that beyond therapeutic technique, a significant factor in the therapeutic relationship is the state of the therapist's heart for acting as a clear mirror for the client.
Dr. Abdallah Rothman was the guest on the Karima Foundation Podcast where he speaks about the need to adapt our orientation to religious knowledge to make it more accessible for practical application in today's contemporary world. He discusses the tendency for people to avoid facing themselves and the common response of "covering over" our inner truth or attempting to bypass the struggle and difficulty associated with growth and healing.
You can also view the video recording of this podcast on the Karima Foundation Youtube channel.
This article builds upon an Islamic model of the soul (Rothman & Coyle, 2018) to develop a data-grounded, experience-based ‘iceberg model’ of Islamic psychotherapy. The findings and the model offer new insights for the continued development of clinical interventions within an approach to psychotherapy that has Islamic integrity and explicitly values Muslims’ religious orientations and commitments.
The advance online publication version is available with institutional access at APA's website here
The accepted manuscript version is available by open access here
The Iceberg Model of Islamic Psychotherapy (Rothman & Coyle, 2020)
Dr. Abdallah Rothman addresses an audience of medical doctors at a conference in Karachi, Pakistan exploring the Islamic perspective of healing and the psychological and spiritual aspects of disease. He discusses the holistic approach to medicine that early Muslim scholars took and explains how the soul can be taken into consideration when treating physical, emotional and spiritual health.
The human being is body, mind, heart, and spirit. Often times, the self-help industry ignores this truism which brings about hidden, often unintentional misguidance that can lead to spiritual crisis, or worse, distance from our connection with God.
In this thought-provoking article, Dr. Abdallah Rothman shares powerful points including:
Dr. Abdallah Rothman joins Baraka Blue again on his podcast "Path and Present". Building off the last conversation about the understanding of the self and psychology from an Islamic perspective, this time the two discuss in more detail the model of the soul that was the product of Dr. Abdallah's research in Islamic psychology.
You can view a larger picture of the model that is discussed in this podcast here
Abdallah Rothman gives a talk at the Ottoman era Dar al Shifaa in the complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum in Edirne, Turkey, discussing Islamic psychology in the context of the holistic approach to health and healing that was historically practiced in the Islamic tradition. From the 2018 IAIP summer intensive course on Islamic psychology and psychotherapy.
Abdallah Rothman joins another episode of the Coffee with Karim podcast to discuss approaching theory and practice of Islamic psychology. He gives an intro to how it works and what principles can help believers find more peace and flow through life challenges.
Here is a video of one of the classes that Abdallah Rothman taught on the week intensive course on "Islamic Psychology and Psychotherapy" in Istanbul July 2018. Here he draws out the model of the soul that was a result of his research, and explains how it is conceptualized and how it applies to psychology and psychotherapy.