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.
It is rooted in the idea of the talking cure under the care of an expert. The ultimate purpose for the believer is attain proximity to their Lord. Maintaining and nourishing psychological, spiritual, cognitive and behavioral health is an important element of this journey. A significant modality of creating such holistic health is through mentorship designed to provide tarbiyah to the seeker. By incorporating the psychotherapeutic forum towards this aim, a seeker can also be guided by the inclusion of the extensive research done on human behavior and empirically validated ways of intervening to alleviate disarray. In this process, the seeker works with their mentor to develop a conceptualization of their functioning (inkishaaf) and restore the balance in their level of functioning (itidaal) that has become a barrier for their ability to traverse the path toward spiritual realization (marifah). Khalil Center utilizes models of psychotherapy inspired by the Qur’an, Sunnah and the traditions of the scholars particularly in the spiritual sciences of taziyah al-nafs to assist in the attainment of this spiritual serenity. 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. Coupled with this method is the inclusion of traditional Islamic healing practices that are part of the healing process.
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