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East Meets West: Integrating Psychotherapy Approaches for Muslim Women

Carter, David J. PhD; Rashidi, Anahita MSN, RN


Psychotherapists' knowledge and understanding of Muslim women's culture is essential for them to effectively treat patients. Muslim women's culture is based on Islam, which permeates their thinking patterns, their interaction with themselves and others, and all activities of their daily lives. Western psychotherapy ineffectively treats Muslim women because its individualistic and fragmented method is contrary to the Muslim population's holistic spiritual approach to life. This article provides a theoretical integration of Eastern and Western therapeutic concepts for Muslim women, to promote a more effective therapeutic approach for this population residing in the United States.

University of Nebraska – Omaha (Dr Carter) and the Nebraska Medical Center (Ms Rashidi), Omaha, Neb.

Corresponding author: David J. Carter, PhD, University of Nebraska – Omaha, Kayser Hall 421, Omaha, NE 68182 (e-mail:

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.