Psychological counseling for muslims: the analysis of foreign literature



The article presents a survey of foreign literature on various aspects of the theory and practice of psychological counseling for Muslims. Psychological counseling for Muslims is a professional psychological aid which uses knowledge about the peculiarities of the client’s faith that are important for him as an individual: his religious views, religious language, sacred stories and legends, sacral practices, as well as the traditions and customs of Muslim peoples. The possibilities of using such spiritual practices as Islamic meditation and Islamic reasoning in psychological work with Muslims are shown. Also the article provides an analysis of the main problems arising during the family therapy of Muslims and describes the professional qualities of a psychologist that are necessary for effective work with clients who profess Islam. In conclusion, it is shown that the solution of psychological problems of believers is difficult or impossible to achieve without a trust that is formed between a client and a psychologist and based on their mutual understanding of religious matters.

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Keywords: -cultural counseling, Islam, psychology, spiritually-oriented psychological help, Muslims

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Pavlova O.S. Psychological counseling for muslims: the analysis of foreign literature [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 46–55. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2018070406. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga S. Pavlova, PhD in Education, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Cross-cultural Psychology and Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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