The Duha Approach: A New Model to Treat Trauma

Islamic Psychology

In this video, licensed therapist Najwa Awad discusses ways to treat trauma, focusing on The Duha Approach, a model aligned with Islamic Psychology based on Surat al-Duha.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is the experience of severe psychological distress following any terrible or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop emotional disturbances such as extreme anxietyanger, sadness, survivor’s guilt, or PTSD.

They may experience ongoing problems with sleep or physical pain, encounter turbulence in their personal and professional relationships, and feel a diminished sense of self-worth due to the overwhelming amount of stress.

Although the instigating event may overpower coping resources available at the time, it is nevertheless possible to develop healthy ways of coping with the experience and diminishing its effects.

Research on trauma identifies several healthy ways of coping, such as avoiding alcohol and drugs, seeing loved ones regularly, exercising, sleeping, and paying attention to self-care. (Psychology Today)

Check out Najwa Awad and Sarah Sultan’s series on trauma here.

First published: October 2019