Born in Ethiopia, Asher walked to Israel at the age of thirteen. Witnessing the traumas that occurred during the years of this journey, Asher decided that his life’s goal was to work with people in need. He now develops trauma treatment for Ethiopian immigrants at METIV. Asher is the 2007 recipient of an award from the Recanati, Chase, Rashi Foundation for “entrepreneurial social worker.” He recently was instrumental in establishing a library for economically disadvantaged children. After his compulsory army service in the Israel Air Force, as head of the Firefighters team, he began his professional career developing absorption programs for new immigrants from the USSR and Ethiopia.
Since 2007, Asher’s work at METIV has been dedicated to developing unique therapeutic services for the Ethiopian community. His M.A. studies in clinical social work at Hebrew University focused on trauma treatment, and he regularly lectures on multicultural therapeutic approaches to students, therapists, doctors, psychologists, and other professionals, touching on methods such as CBT, Somatic Experiencing, and Thought Field Therapy. His theoretical and therapeutic approach incorporates his deep familiarity with traditional Ethiopian conceptions of mental health alongside contemporary western therapies. In addition, Asher sees patients in his private practice and works with bereaved families through the Ministry of Defense.