Dr. Saliha Afridi is a clinical psychologist. She is also the founder and Managing Director
of The LightHouse Arabia, a community wellness center in Dubai.
Dr. Afridi earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
and her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School
of Professional Psychology in Phoenix. Her clinical training has been as a generalist working
with children, adolescents, and adults on a range of diagnoses. Her expertise is in parenting,
as well as burnout within the workplace sector.
Dr. Afridi moved to the UAE from the United States 11 years ago to make a positive impact
on the mental health of the region. She established The LightHouse Arabia, which is now
one of the largest mental health centers in the UAE. Her mission was to make mental health
services accessible to the UAE community. Since its founding in 2011, Dr. Afridi and her team
have contributed thousands of hours to the community, free of charge, to educate and raise
awareness on best practices for mental health and wellness. Her most recent achievement
was bringing the internationally acclaimed Australian Mental Health First Aid to the UAE,
where her team has trained over 1,000 mental health first aiders for early detection and
treatment of mental health difficulties within their communities.
A frequent guest expert on radio and in print media, Dr. Afridi spends extensive time
consulting with private sector companies and government organizations on programs
related to mental health and wellness.