Most clinical psychologists in Pakistan still believe soundly in religion. They believe that though psychology has its uses, it is still an issue more with religion and not praying enough; which can lead to psychological issues.
For example Rehman is an education psychologist. Rehman went to school for psychology and learned a lot of what the US learns regarding the study of science. However, Rehman still believes that most problems result in the fact that most of the individuals seen are not as spiritual as they should be.
Instead, what Rehman does is look for behavior modification based on western style, as well as using religion to help relieve some of the issues. Pakistan continually trains psychologists in Western techniques, but they are able to practice as they see fit.
- Pakistani psychologists' views
A lot of the practices and studies are focusing on cultures, family oriented and collective cultures as is the norm in Pakistan. From this they are looking to find a way to use their western knowledge that is also going to fit within the societal norms and beliefs.
Rehman stated in a news article that those who believe in God will not lose hope in their own lives, but those who are not following religion as they did before, or ever will, find they have more issues. There is also a stigma regarding psychology among Pakistan people.
They do not believe that something wrong with an individual could be related to science instead of there being an abnormality such as possession or other religious issues.
Clinical psychology is growing in scope to include more western teachings, but it is taking a long time for the conversion to be complete and will most likely still center on religion; even after it is more widely accepted.