DR. SALIHA AFRIDI, PsyD (US)

Clinical Psychologist Managing Director

“The best and most skilled of us need an objective person sometimes to guide us through the rocky waters, help us to reach safer shores, and then work with us to make meaning out of our struggle.”

I feel the work I do with my clients is that of alchemy. Together, we are able to work with
difficulties and suffering and transform them into wisdom and meaning.

Raised and educated in the US, I moved to Dubai in 2008. I worked at a private practice for several years, and in 2011 I co-founded The LightHouse to make a positive impact on the mental health of anyone living in this region. I consider myself a generalist, with training and experience in a wide range of mental health issues. However, I have a particular interest in parenting and have spent many years doing research and implementing parenting programmes based on Adlerian child guidance principles.
I often hear people say, “I will be okay. Time heals all wounds.” Simply accepting that you have these emotional issues is half the battle won, and the other half is confronting them. It’s my life goal to work with children, adolescents, adults and families and give them the courage to address the challenges that face them – and to guide them on a path to happiness.

expertise

  • Adjustment
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Childhood disorders including anxiety depression and behavioural difficulties
  • Community outreach and education
  • Depression
  • Executive coaching
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Insight-oriented work with healthy individuals who want to know more about themselves and their purpose
  • Learning difficulties, learning disorders, dyslexia ADHD and other childhood developmental disorders
  • Media expert for print, radio and television
  • Parental training to raise encouraged and emotionally resilient children
  • Seminars about mental health-related issues

TOOLS

  • Individual therapy for adults and children
  • Psychometrics, and psychological and psychoeducational assessments

Qualifications and memberships

  • BA in Anthropology, University of Michigan, US
  • MA in Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology, US
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology, US
  • Member of American Psychological Association
  • US licensed by the Arizona Board of Licensed Psychologists