About Saliha


Dr. Saliha Bava, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is interested in relationships and how play can help them grow. Her practice focuses on the “we spaces” between people in relationships, communities and businesses.

How Saliha Works

Saliha researches and practices  from the perspectives of Relational Thinking and Relational Play. Relational Thinking is the mindful practice of designing life from within the spaces between people (ie relational space). Relational Play is the ability to create with agility and flexibility (improvise) from within the relational space.

Saliha combines interdisciplinary ideas and methodologies to partner with clients for creating positive change. She embraces living as a process of improvised inquiry. She performs as a couples and family therapist and coach for generative professional and personal relationships. Saliha works with couples and families confronting issues of gender, mixed culture and ethnicity, cultural dislocation, relationship challenges, and trauma. She also provides training in research and relational thinking for professionals interested in systems, leadership, change, communities of practice and organization development.

Saliha’s Affiliations

Saliha has 20+ years of experience in human and organizational development, diversity and collaboration. She was elected to the American Family Therapy Academy‘s (AFTA) Board of Directors (2012-2018).

Saliha is an Associate Professor at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College at Dobbs Ferry, an online faculty member in MS Relational Leading Program at Taos Institute, and advisor at the Taos Doctoral Program. She is a Taos Institute Associate and is currently the Director of  Research and consultant to the International Trauma Studies Program, affiliated with Columbia University.

Saliha received her PhD in Human Development with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. She has completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

As the former associate director of Houston Galveston Institute she focused on organization development, community engagement  and leadership in addition to therapy, training and research. Most recently she  has consulted on disaster preparedness and response to organizations in profit, non-profit and governmental sectors. She received a leadership award from the City of Houston’s Disaster Mental Health Crises Response Team for directing the Mental Health Services at the George R. Brown Katrina Shelter in 2005. She was one of 12 US trainers, the first training group, of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Psychological First Aid Trainers Program.

Originally from India, Saliha now resides in New York City with her husband and bonus son.