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Saima Salman

About Me: 

By profession, I am a Clinical Psychologist - 15 years worth of clinical experience dealing with issues related to adults and child population. My area of interest and passion has always been 'women's issues'!
I grew up in pakistan, but from the very beginning everyone could tell that i was 'different' from the rest of the women of my age. I also managed to figure out quiet early in life that i was 'not' one of those 'regular' types! There was a fire in my belly... i questioned a lot more and refused to give in to the usual stuff women were expected to! Fortunately, my parents, being awfully liberal and progressive, helped me 'be' who i wanted to be! I knew, i wanted to be a psychologist at 15 - thanks to Dr Albert Ellis (the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy /Cognitive Behavior Therapy) I read one of his books (A guide to Rational Living) and it changed my life completely! I knew i wanted to go to NYC and i literally asked God to keep him (Dr Ellis) alive till the time i'm ready to go and get trained by him! Believe it or not, he did stay alive till i managed to get trained by him personally and he died just recently (He was 93!)
I'm a mover and shaker! I love pulic speaking and making a 'dent' in people's irrational thinking patterns! Coming from a third world country, where women are NOT trained to think for themselves - i changed it for those who came into my circle in whatever shape or form! I was and still am a staunch promotor of divorce - my motto is: "Say NO to sexual and physical Abuse - Life' s too short"! I'm proud to say that 7 of my very close friends got divoced and 5 out of the seven remarried! They refuse to look at divorce as a negative thing.. they started to believe that they can still get a life and move on after getting divorced!

I'm very passionate about the things that i believe in.... and i believe you can do no great things - only small things with great love!

My Passions: 
Motivational Public Speaking and Psychology - teaching people how to refuse to make themselves miserable about anything - YES! ANYTHING!
My Challenges: 
Helping women to break free from the vicious cycle of guilt, self doubt and self downing
My Vision for the Future: 
Running Women Empowerment Groups in Pakistan and Singapore - create awarness among as many as possible and train them in a way so that they can become leaders!
My Areas of Expertise: 
Women empowerment through Cognitive Emotive Work!
My Languages: 
English, Urdu

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