Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP) is therapeutic framework that is an ever-evolving modality of psychological treatment coined by Khalil Center. It is the culmination of Khalil Center’s research on psychological treatment conducted by its interdisciplinary team consisting of dually trained professionals and Islamic scholars. At the heart of TIIP is an integration of professional psychology within an Islamic framework of psychotherapy.
TIIP is rooted in the idea and belief in the power of ‘the talking cure’ under the care of an expert practitioner. The ultimate objective for every believer is to attain and maintain proximity to their Lord. Developing and nourishing psychological, spiritual, cognitive and behavioral health are important elements of this journey. However, as individuals on this journey to God, we are all susceptible to psycho-spiritual distress from time to time. At times, such distress may graduate to becoming significant barriers that can even interrupt our optimal functioning. Seeking support during these times can be instrumental for re-establishing holistic health. This can be achieved by virtue of a therapeutic relationship with a seasoned practitioner. Such a relationship can be immensely powerful for not only restoring health but also for unlocking one’s full potential. Thus, the practitioner through the therapeutic forum sets out to foster psychological and spiritual healing, well-being and growth. The TIIP practitioner adopts an integrated approach, drawing upon the Islamic and behavioral sciences within the therapeutic setting. During this process, the practitioner works with their patient to develop a better understanding of their intrapsychic dilemmas (inkishāf), helps alleviate distress to restore the balance of their functioning (Iʿtidāl) and engenders an integration of all the disjointed parts of the self (ittiḥād).
Khalil Center’s TIIP model of psychotherapy is inspired by the Qur’an, Sunnah and the traditions of the scholars particularly of the spiritual sciences. In fact, psychology is made up of the Greek words psyche (the soul) and logos (the study of). The soul here refers to all non-physical aspects of a person and fits in very well with the Islamic concept of mental and spiritual health. Reconstruction of psychotherapy within an Islamic framework can engender an attempt to revitalize the spiritual self by paving the way towards the exploration of the self via guided introspection.
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