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  BIOGRAPHY                                                                   [Top]  

Saima Salman, Director of Rational Living Inc. Pte Ltd, is a Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Supervisor with over 14 years of diverse clinical experiences. In addition to her private clinical practice, Saima has conducted workshops & seminars, ran groups, published thought pieces and taught a course titled “Stress Management: assessment & techniques” at the Singapore campus of City University of New York (“CUNY”).

Prior to moving to Singapore and setting up her private practice, Saima lived in New York City, USA where she was a clinical fellow at the renowned Albert Ellis Institute (“AEI” – www.rebtinstitute.org). AEI, set up by Dr. Albert Ellis, is a pioneer institute in Cognitive Behavior Therapy globally and theme-centred psycho-educational workshops. Saima worked closely with the late Dr. Albert Ellis, who is considered as the second most influential psychotherapist in history (based on a professional survey of US and Canadian psychologists – Carl Rogers ranked first in the survey; Sigmund Freud was ranked third).

Prior to her experiences in the USA, Saima had extensive experience in Pakistan in private clinical practice. In addition, she conducted intensive training workshops for professionals, psychology students and general public.
Saima Salman is a clinical psychologist and a Certified Supervisor in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the USA. Previously, Saima completed her M.Sc. in Psychology with distinction, her Advanced Diploma in Clinical Psychology (ADCP) with distinction and her Certificate in treatment of addiction problems. Saima is a member of American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) since 2001.

Saima has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Asia. Her diverse background and experiences allow her to respond more effectively to diverse cultures, transient situations and challenging environments. Her extensive experiences with diverse population allow her to establish a comfortable and productive relationship with clients from different cultural backgrounds. Saima speaks English, Urdu, Hindi, Sindhi, Punjabi and has intermediate lingual skills in French, Persian and Arabic. She is aspiring to learn mandarin now.
Saima has a passion for creating public awareness of mental health issues. She is involved with multiple non-profit organizations and schools, both in Singapore and abroad. She enjoys giving motivational self help talks to general public, professionals and students. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars in different parts of the world. She is passionate about women’s issues and has conducted therapy groups and workshops on various related topics.

Saima’s experiences include treating children with various behavioral, emotional and psychological problems (ranging from autism, ADHD, behavioral management, mental retardation to school related issues, anxiety, anger management, phobias, healing emotional traumas, training pre teens against peer pressure etc) ; treating adults with anger, anxiety, phobias and depression; relationship issues; parenting difficulties; assertiveness and social skills training; rehabilitation work with schizophrenics; gays and lesbian issues; rational weight loss and management; working with religious clients; stress and time management; women related issues and conducting support and specialty groups for women as well as for parents of children diagnosed with autism, mental retardation and cerebral palsy among other disorders.




  THERAPEUTIC APPROACH                                                          [Top]  
  Saima Salman’s approach to treating emotional / psychological issues is pretty much eclectic, but her primary mode of treatment is the utilization of cognitive-behavioral therapy, combining the art of clinical practice with psychology as a science. She mainly helps her clients to see and understand the connection between their emotional disturbance and thought pattern. Treatment is flexible yet goal-directed and time limited. Each client is different, so she provides customized and comprehensive treatment plans to help clients overcome their self defeating behaviors and unique emotional traumas. All treatment plans are tailored to the specific needs of each client. Issues related to childhood are effectively dealt with in the here and now by motivating the client to understand how things that happened to them as children might still be negatively influencing their thoughts, behaviors and emotions in the present situation. Active-directive approach is used to help the client understand the importance of resolving their issues in here-and-now.

The overall aim of therapy is to enhance life satisfaction and to remarkably reduce stress in the client’s life by actively teaching a new effective philosophy of life with the help of scientifically proven therapeutic techniques and strategies.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be successfully applied to all kinds of emotional and psychological problems with clients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Salman by phone or email. She will be happy to assist you and help you regarding your query.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is typically:
Practical and concrete
Centred on the here and now
Goal oriented
Scientifically based
  AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION                                                             [Top]  
  Saima has over 14 years of clinical experience.  Her areas of specialization include:  
Women’s Issues

Relationship issues

Couples Counseling 

Anger Management

Assertiveness Training

Stress Management

Work Related Issues

Eating Disorders



Family Therapy

Panic Disorder

Parent Training

Phobias (Social and Specific)

Social Skills Training

Weight Loss and Management

Decision-Making Difficulty


Victims of Domestic Abuse or Violence

Excessive Guilt

Loss or Grief

Motivational Issues

Organizational Skill

Performance Anxiety

Urban Stress

Child related Issues

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Issues

Adolescent and Young Adult Issues

Alcohol addiction and Substance Abuse

Excessive Spending and Credit Card Debt

Career and Lifestyle changes (Relocation Issues)