Meet The Team
Deborah Asherian, MHC-LP
Deborah is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She enjoys helping others manage, process, and deal with their difficulties and hardships in life and finding ways to overcome and heal from these experiences. Deborah has worked with children, teenagers, adults, and couples struggling with trauma, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and relationship difficulties.
Deborah’s goal is to help her clients, help themselves, with a very empathetic, loving, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach. Deborah believes that each client deserves a tailor-fit approach that is designed to help their personal journey. She uses an integrative approach to counseling and practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Mindfulness, in her sessions with her clients. Deborah utilizes a variety of techniques to help her clients overcome their struggles, including identifying the thought patterns and cognitive distortions that are contributing to their depression, anxiety, and stress. She fosters effective communication skills to help her clients express themselves more effectively and comfortably, and provides coping skills and self-care strategies to help her clients through their difficulties. Deborah helps her patients work through any traumatic or past experiences that are impacting the patient’s current daily life and functioning. Deborah also specializes in couples counseling and parenting.
Deborah provides active listening and observing, empathic support, and validation to her clients. Deborah values helping her clients increase their self-love, respect, value, and confidence. Deborah’s goal is to help her clients work on their challenges and hardships and therefore work on improving their happiness and quality of life.
Schela Brun, MHC-LP
Schela is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who enjoys working with young adults and children in finding their passion in life. By helping them process and manage difficulties they encounter that keep them from being the most accomplished and productive future adults they can be. Schela has worked with teenagers to overcome trauma, grief, loss, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, suicide ideation and feelings of being overwhelmed.
Schela also works with a diverse population of people struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and trauma from the ages of 5 and up. She utilizes a variety of techniques including, CBT, stress management, mindfulness, increasing self worth and empowerment, mood management, anxiety reduction, and others. She has a Bachelors from Queens College in Psychology and completed her Masters Degree at Mercy College in Mental Health Counseling.
Florence Chiang, LMSW
Florence is a New York State licensed social worker. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services.
Florence’s clinical experience and training include providing a broad range of mental health services at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, CancerCare, and SUNY Downstate Hospital in Brooklyn. She is also a recipient of the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Palliative Care Fellowship. Florence strives to meet clients where they are and does not believe there is a one-size fit approach. She draws from strengths-based approaches, narrative therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive-based therapy, and is committed to creating a safe, supportive and collaborative environment.
Asma Iqbal, MHC-LP
Asma is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She received her Master's degree from Columbia University in Mental Health Counseling. Asma also has an advanced certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender. She specializes in anxiety, sexuality, relationship issues, trauma, and grief with individuals ages 5 and older.
Asma is bilingual and is able to practice therapy in English and Urdu. Asma works with marginalized communities. She specializes in Person-Centered Therapy, as well as Mindfulness. She allows her clients to dive into the emotions they are experiencing. Asma is a compassionate individual and allows herself to be empathic with her clients. Asma’s ultimate goal is to improve the client's quality of their day-to-day life.
Bisma Nasar, LMSW
Bisma is a Social Worker licensed within the state of New York. She graduated from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in 2011 with her Master’s in Social Work, where she focused her work on immigrant families and individuals. Bisma has experience working with women, adolescents and families, and recently received a certification in anxiety treatment and telemental health. She is bilingual, and is able to practice therapy in English and Urdu. Bisma’s areas of specialty include anxiety, relationships, and parenting.
Bisma’s goal is to help people, couples, and families negotiate the challenges of life with grace, compassion and generosity. She believes in open communication and honesty between therapist and client, where both can engage with each other in a supportive, encouraging and non-judgmental environment. Beginning therapy can be intimidating and her goal is to make the process as safe and welcoming as possible, so clients can thrive, grow and experience real change.
Nabiha is our assistant in charge of handling all scheduling matters such as rescheduling, cancellations, and changes in recurring appointments for our clients. She also works with our clients to find the best therapist to fit their needs. She handles scheduling our new patients for initial consultations, intake appointments, and all of the documentation and paperwork for our practice.