To our clients and community. Happy Spring Equinox. The equinox is symbolic with new beginnings, growth, hope, and change. It is a time of rejuvenation after the darkness of a long winter. With the lengthening of the days we welcome the warmth of the sun to light our way. IEG has had a long winter season. Now, we forge forward with new energy, new leadership, and renewed hope. IEG is still here.
For the past several weeks, IEG has been moving through a process of restructuring. Many options were considered, including closing our doors. However, I am thrilled to share that our beloved practice will continue for years to come under new ownership and leadership. Nina Nabors, Ph.D and Aesha Mustafa, LMSW will be the new leaders at the helm of IEG. Both Nina and Aesha have been IEG therapists for many years and truly believe in our mission and vision. They are both passionate about the communities we serve and align with values of justice and liberation.
Dr. Nina Nabors
has worked as a board certified, licensed clinical psychologist for more than 26 years. She joined IEG in 2015 as a feminist multicultural clinical psychotherapist and enjoys her work with adult individuals and couples addressing a variety of forms of emotional distress. In addition, Dr. Nabors has served as a university administrator for the past 18 years, currently serving as Dean of the College of Allied Health at Walden University. Prior to joining Walden full time, she was tenured faculty in the Psychology Department at Eastern Michigan University and prior to that served as an assistant professor at Central Michigan University. In addition to her extensive administrative and teaching history, Dr. Nabors has published and presented multiple times over the past 28 years, with research interests including mental health stigma, rehabilitation psychology, psychology of women/gender, multicultural psychology, LGBTQ psychology, womanist/feminist therapy and women with disabilities. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University, and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Florida with a major in Clinical and Health Psychology and minor in Neuropsychology in 1994.
Aesha Mustafa, LMSW
is a research scholar, social worker, and social entrepreneur, centering the healing and liberation of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, as well as her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Aesha has worked as a clinical social worker since 2013. In 2016, she joined IEG and primarily works with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ folks. She is committed to providing accessible and inclusive gender-affirming care.
In addition to her clinical work, Aesha is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University studying higher education. She is working on her dissertation titled, “Centering Black faculty voices: A critical qualitative study of Black tenure-track faculty’s priorities and commitments at a selective research institution.” The overarching theme across her clinical and research work is the continuous consideration of how oppression in the historical and current societal context contributes to the distress of individuals and the collective. She unapologetically works from an anti-racist and liberation-centered approach and advocates for the centering of marginalized voices.
In her downtime, Aesha enjoys family time, cooking for and snuggling with her rescue pup, Bailey, and practicing radical acts of self-care and self-love.
The transition will take several months and IEG’s Founder Syre will be working closely with Nina and Aesha to ensure a smooth process. Thank you for your continued support!