2nd Edition

Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy An Introduction to Theory and Practice

By G. Hussein Rassool Copyright 2025
    400 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy: An Introduction to Theory and Practice provides a foundation level knowledge of and perspective on the fundamental principles and practices of counselling and psychotherapy from an Islāmic perspective.  

    This groundbreaking practical framework incorporates Islāmic spirituality, religion, and cultural contexts into the therapeutic process. It makes the case that authentic Islāmic spirituality, based on submission to God, forms the cornerstone of good mental health. The book's foundation focuses on the therapist's role and ethical considerations specific to Islāmic psychotherapy. It explores the integration of Qur’ânic teachings and hādīths and delves into dream interpretation and the clinical applications of the Siraat Al-Islāmic Psychotherapy Practice Model. This thoroughly revised new edition also highlights advances and developments in scholarship and evidence-based practices, and introduces postmodern psychotherapy approaches like narrative and hope therapy.  

    This text provides a clear understanding of the nature, scope and process of Islāmic psychotherapy for Islāmic practitioners or clinicians working with Muslim clients. 

    List of Illustrations

    Preface to the Second Edition



    SECTION I: The Essence of Islāmic Therapy: Context and Background Illuminated

    1.     Foundation of Islāmic counselling and psychotherapy

    2.     Islāmic counselling and psychotherapy: From faith to psychology

    3.     Unveiling the role of the Islāmic  psychotherapist: Exploring the nature and scope of psychotherapy

    4.     Ethical framework in Islāmic psychotherapy

    5.     Navigating the ethical challenge in Islāmic psychotherapy

    SECTION II: The Intersection of Islām and Psychotherapy: Understanding Congruent and Non-Congruent Psychotherapeutic Approaches

    6.     Illuminating the psyche: An Introduction to psychoanalytic therapy

    7.     Harmony and dissonance: Jungian therapy and Islāmic psychotherapy

    8.     Humanistic therapy:  Re-envisioned through an Islāmic  perspective

    9.     Islāmic  insights into cognitive behaviour therapy: Path to healing mind, soul, and behaviour

    10.  Uniting faith and therapy: The Islāmic perspective on solution-focused brief therapy

    11.  Narrative therapy through the Islāmic  lens.

    12.  Hope therapy: Finding Strength in Faith

    13.  Before the Nikah: Islāmic perspectives on pre-marital preparation 

    14.  Sacred bonds and marital challenges Islāmic-oriented marital therapy

    SECTION III: The Healing Path: Practical Intervention Strategies in Islāmic  Psychotherapy

    15.   Healing hearts and minds: Integrating Qur’ân and hādīths in Islāmic  psychotherapy

    16.  Journey through the night: An Islāmic  approach to dream interpretation

    17.  Challenging boundaries: Halāl-Harām considerations in complementary therapies

    18.  The Siraat Al-Islāmic Psychotherapy Practice Model

    19.  Psychotherapy and harm-reduction in addiction: An Islāmic perspective

    20.  Clinical applications of the Siraat Al-Islāmic Psychotherapy Practice Model

    21.  Beyond the couch: Islāmic  approaches to research in psychotherapy

    22.  Islāmic psychotherapy: Tackling challenges, employing strategies, cultivating competence



    G. Hussein Rassool, PhD, is Professor of Islāmic Psychology, Centre for Islāmic Studies & Civilisations, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Islāmic Psychology (FIAIP) and the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH).  

    'First edition, Islāmic Counselling: an Introduction to Theory and Practice has finally received its long awaited second edition: Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy. This edition builds on the comprehensive concepts and theories shared in the original and will no doubt be as valuable an asset to the world of Islāmic  Counselling and Psychotherapy in terms of practice and education. It is an essential resource for psychotherapy students, academics and practitioners as well as an interesting read for those who have a curiosity for the subject matter.'  

    Khalida Haque, SNCPS (Accredited), psychotherapist, UK

    'The revised edition of this essential book, Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy 2nd edition written by Professor Dr. G.Hussein Rassool skilfully navigates the intricate joining of spirituality and psychotherapy. The inclusion of postmodern therapeutic approaches, such as narrative and hope therapy, adds a contemporary layer to the discourse, ensuring that readers are equipped with the latest insights in the field. This edition offers a reflective exploration of the expanding role of Islāmic  psychotherapists, highlighting their evolving responsibilities and contributions within the broader context of mental health. The in-depth examination of the integration of Qur’ânic teachings and hādīth into the therapeutic process enriches the reader's understanding of the profound connections between faith and mental well-being. Additionally, the book introduces an Islāmic  perspective on dream interpretation, unlocking new dimensions in the exploration of spiritual and psychological realms. Addressing ethical challenges specific to Islāmic  psychotherapy, Professor Rassool provides valuable guidance for practitioners navigating complex issues, ensuring a culturally sensitive and ethically sound practice. This work is not only a crucial resource for Muslims navigating mental health but also an invaluable read for anyone interested in the harmonious integration of spirituality into the therapeutic process.'

    Razia Bhatti-Ali, PhD, consultant clinical psychologist (Connect Health Ltd/Bupa), UK

    'At this point in the history of our Ummah, it is essential that scholars of experience and courage, each in their own field, envision a re-construction of the current disciplines and propose robust new ways of dealing with contemporary phenomena. Current systems, including in the discipline of psychology and in the variety of phenomena related to it, are proving ineffective in improving the human condition. That is why I was happy to see this extensive new study done by Professor G.Hussein Rassool, critiquing the current paradigm and proposing new ways of analysis and counselling on Islāmic  foundations. May Allaah reward Professor Rassool and widen the circles of benefit of his work to Muslims and humanity writ large.'

    Jasser Auda, PhD, President of Maqasid Institute Global at the International Peace University, South Africa

    'Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy is a groundbreaking work that seamlessly weaves Islāmic  teachings into the fabric of modern psychotherapy. A vital resource for practitioners and scholars alike, this book offers a comprehensive guide, harmonising the Islāmic  principles with contemporary therapeutic techniques. Its depth and relevance make it an indispensable tool, fostering a holistic understanding of counselling within the Islāmic  framework.'

    Zuleyha Keskin, PhD, Associate Head of School at the Centre for Islāmic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University, Australia

    'Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy by Professor Dr. G. Hussein Rassool is an indispensable resource that bridges the gap between mainstream counselling and the specific needs of Muslim clients. This second edition represents a significant milestone, offering a comprehensive exploration of the intricate interplay between Islāmic principles and psychotherapeutic practices. 

    The book covers a wide array of topics, from the foundational understanding of Islāmic therapy to ethical considerations and the scope of Islāmic  psychotherapy. It critically examines various psychotherapeutic approaches through an Islāmic  lens, providing insights into their compatibility with Islāmic  principles. Professor Dr. G. Hussein Rassool delves into practical intervention strategies within Islāmic  psychotherapy, addressing the integration of Qur’anic verses, dream interpretation, halal-haram considerations, and presenting the Siraat Al-Islāmic  Psychotherapy Practice Model. What makes this edition particularly valuable is its updated content, exploring postmodern psychotherapy approaches like narrative and hope therapy. The author sheds light on the evolving role of Islāmic  psychotherapists and addresses ethical challenges specific to this field. The inclusion of an Islāmic  perspective on dream interpretation adds a unique dimension to the exploration of spiritual and psychological realms and tools. Furthermore, Professor Rassool emphasizes the importance of therapists integrating spirituality, religion, psychology, and cultural awareness when working with Muslim clients. The book serves as a primer in Islāmic  psychotherapy, offering professionals, novice therapists, and students the tools and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness and culturally sensitive nature of therapeutic interventions. 

    As someone deeply invested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy at a clinical set up like that of a hospital, I highly recommend Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy to practitioners, educators, and anyone seeking a profound understanding of how Islāmic  principles can be integrated into the therapeutic process. Professor Rassool's meticulous research, practical guidance, and commitment to cultural sensitivity make this book an invaluable contribution to the field.'

    Zulekha Shakoor Rajani, counselling and spiritual psychologist at Mind and Brain Hospital, India

    'Alhamdulillahirabbil ‘alamiin. All praise is to Allah, the Lord of the world. It is with much pleasure that I should write an endorsement of another of Professor G. Hussein Rassool book, titled Islāmic Counselling and Psychotherapy. This book is the new edition of the same title published earlier.  As the readers of Islāmic Psychology have already known, he is the most productive author in the world today, in the science of Islāmic Psychology.  Now another mark of his prolificacy will soon be published. The title that he has decided to cover, become an answer for the long awaited guidelines in the area of Islāmic counselling and psychotherapy. The book covers the important elements of understanding counselling and psychotherapy from an Islāmic perspective:  From the conceptual understanding, ethics, explanation of different approaches applied in the conventional psychotherapy seen critically from Islāmic  perspective, as well as current practices based on Islāmic  approaches – including family therapy. This book is a must read for those who teach, learn and practice counselling and psychotherapy. The teachers, students and practitioners who feel the need to better understand and support their Muslim clients with their unique worldview.' 

    Emi Zulaifah, PhD, Vice Dean of religious, students, alumni and partnership affairs, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Indonesia