Saliha Bava , PhD, LMFT

Faculty (Institute), Therapist in private practice, University professor in a teaching-focused program

I focus on relationship issues in couples, families and work.

Associate Professor
Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry
NY
United States


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Biography

Saliha Bava

Dr. Saliha Bava is an Associate Professor at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College at Dobbs Ferry, an online faculty/consultant 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. She is on the faculty of Houston Galveston Institute and serves on the board of the International Certificate in Collaborative-Dialogic Practices.

Dr. Bava has been on the AFTA Board since 2012 and is the current chair of the Marketing Committee. She is also a member of the AFTA Strategic Task Force and 2017 Conference Committee.

Dr. Bava 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 use of creativity and flexibility (improvisation & agility) from within the relational space. Her current research focuses on how adults play. Learn more at http://thinkplaypartners.com/playlab/

Dr. Bava has 20+ years of experience in human and organizational development, diversity, and collaboration. She performs as a couples and family therapist and coach for generative professional and personal relationships. Dr. Bava 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. She publishes and presents internationally on collaborative practices, collective trauma, research, leadership, and therapist/consultant’s creativity from relational and performative/play perspectives.

Dr. Bava received her Ph.D. 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.

She embraces living as a process of improvised inquiry. She lives in NYC with her partner and bonus son.

AFTA Membership Information

Member since 2009


Professional Roles

Faculty (Institute), Therapist in private practice, University professor in a teaching-focused program

Therapeutic Approach / Theoretical Model

Postmodern Practices: Constructionist / Constructive Models, Psychoeducation, Relational Models

Languages Spoken

English, Hindi

Videos

Collaborative Practices in Personal & Professional Lives: Transforming ‘Withness‘ Relationships and Conversations

Dr. Saliha Bava and Dr. Harlene Anderson discuss Relational Practices and how they transform relationships. Recorded June 20, 2012. Length: 25 minutes.

Collaborative Practices in Personal & Professional Lives: Transforming ‘Withness‘ Relationships and Conversations

In a conversation titled “Collaborative Practices in Personal & Professional Lives: Transforming ‘Withness‘ Relationships and Conversations,” Dr. Saliha Bava and Dr. Harlene Anderson discuss Relational Practices and how they transform relationships. Recorded June 20, 2012. Length: 25 minutes.

Living Constructionist Practices in Our Personal Lives

Drs. Saliha Bava, Ken Gergen and Mary Gergen in conversation about living constructionist practices in our personal lives. Ken and Mary Gergen, co-founders of the Taos Institute, talk about the role constructionism has played in their marriage and personal lives. Recorded March 20, 2012. Length: 32 minutes.