About Me

Please allow me to begin by thanking you for considering me as a member ofElicia Nademin your extended healthcare team. Having earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007, I have been fortunate to have worked with clientele of highly diverse backgrounds, ranging in:

  • Socioeconomic status
  • Cultural/ethnic background
  • Relationship status
  • Ability/health status (able-bodied or disabled)
  • Career (Students, Early Career, Career Change, Retirement)
  • Presenting issues
  • Self-image/self-esteem
  • Age group (adolescents, adults, seniors)
  • Genders (Male, Female, Transgender, Intersexed)
  • Sexual Identity/Background

I have worked in diverse settings, including:

  • Multicultural community health clinics
  • College counseling centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Obesity Research and Education Centers

In July, 2007, I relocated to Arizona and joined the faculty of Midwestern University, Glendale, and Argosy University, Phoenix Clinical Psychology doctoral programs. I completed my postdoctoral residency at the Midwestern University multidisciplinary clinic in February, 2009, at which time I obtained my license to practice independently. In March of 2009, I proudly accepted the National Register of Health Services Providers Early Career Psychologist Scholarship and remain among their panel of registered health providers.

For more detailed information on my education and training background, I welcome you to review my curriculum vitae/resume here.

What Am I Up To Now?

Since September, 2009, I have worked as Home-Based Primary Care Psychologist for the Phoenix Veteran's Affairs Health Care System, where I extend mental health services to veterans, primarily elderly and chronically ill, who proudly served our nation in years past. It is forever an honor to share sensitivity and compassion with clients facing end-of-life issues.

I also run a part-time private practice where I nurture my commitment to clients of all ages, backgrounds, and interests, offering general psychotherapy and weight loss services to clients seeking emotional wellness and healthy avenues for weight loss and maintenance. I remain highly passionate about helping clients to feel empowered in achieving and maintaining their personalized goals in an emotionally safe and comforting setting where they may explore their innermost thoughts, feelings, and motivations.

Weight Loss and Health

In addition to the other services I provide, helping clients achieve healthy weight loss is my passion. In 2007, I completed my clinical internship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Temple, I was fortunate to have completed focused training through the Temple University Hospital Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) in behavioral weight management services for weight loss and the conduct of psychological evaluation for bariatric and lung transplant candidates.

My Therapeutic Approach

My approach with clients is collaborative and interactive. During our first meeting, I thoroughly assess your unique situation, offer compassionate insights into how your patterns of thinking and behaving may be influencing your current situation and feelings, and I offer you effective tools that can help you. Since no two people are completely alike, I individualize treatment with each client and utilize a variety of treatments, largely informed by cognitive-behavioral techniques and interpersonal therapy. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to reduce emotional distress, improve relationships and coping skills for managing difficulties, and to enrich your wisdom and skills to move through life a happier person.

While my training may suggest that I am rather specialized in my work with veterans and weight loss patients, I welcome clients with diverse treatment interests. Services include:

  • Relationship counseling
  • Depression/mood management
  • Anxiety management
  • Stress management
  • Career change/career satisfaction
  • Coping with medical illness/disability
  • Aging
  • Coping with significant life change
  • Communication strategies/interpersonal skills
  • Self-image/self-esteem

I value comprehensive treatment and, upon your consent, look forward to collaborating with other healthcare providers on your team, such as your primary care doctor.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Though my style can be eclectic (drawing from alternative types of treatment to best serve my clients), I primarily draw from a cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, signifies a straight-forward approach that helps us to identify thoughts (a.k.a. cognitions) and behaviors that may trigger uncomfortable feelings/behaviors/outcomes. Through bringing your awareness to thoughts/behaviors that can be problematic, we begin to break self-defeating cycles in your life, reducing negative behaviors and the feelings that often follow.

Asking for help takes courage and faith in yourself and the person you choose to work with. Our treatment sessions serve as catalysts for positive change in your life; together we will define specific problems and identify adaptive avenues for resolution. We will cultivate assertiveness while implementing strategies for self-empowerment, communication, and self-advocacy.

Time in treatment varies depending on your needs, how often we meet, and our goals for treatment. CBT is shown to be generally more effective sooner than other types of therapy in demonstrating positive change maintained over time.

Diversity Matters: You are unique!

I recognize and value your diversity and am a recognized leader in diversity in Arizona:

  • Since 2010, I have served as the Diversity Representative to the Arizona Psychological Association’s Governing Body and Chair of the Social Diversity Affairs Committee, helping to inspire community providers and rising stars among our students to recognize and spread the value of individual uniqueness.
    • In 2011 and 2013, I attended the American Psychological Association (APA) State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Washington, D.C. as Arizona’s Diversity Representative
    • In 2013, I was invited to and attended the SLC Diversity Leadership Development Workshop at the APA office in Washington, D.C.
  • I also lead the diversity seminar for pre-doctoral interns at the Phoenix VA, educating students to consider individual diversity in treatment-planning, including:
    • Race
    • Ethnicity
    • Cultural background
    • Socioeconomic status
    • Health status
    • Sexuality/sexual identity
    • Gender identity
    • Family structure

If at any time it seems that a client may benefit greater from treatment elsewhere, I will do my best to help you to identify a more suitable provider. If warranted, I may also assist in locating other professionals who may compliment and optimize the work we do together based on the issues we are working on, such as:

  • Primary Care Provider (For a fabulous team of primary care providers, please start by contacting the exceptional multidisciplinary team at Midwestern University Clinic, Glendale, Az: 623-537-6000; http://www.mwuclinic.com/az/). Please do not hesitate to contact me for specific referrals by name.
  • Sleep Disorder Specialist/Sleep Clinic
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer

 

Beyond Limits:
‘Nothing Happens Until Something Moves, So Let’s Get ‘Movin!’

 

Publications

Martin, J.S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Englert, D., Bakalar, J.L., Olsen, C., Nademin, E., Jobes, D., & Branlund, S. (2013). Marital status, life stressor precipitants, and communications of distress and suicide intent in a sample of United States Air Force suicide decedents. Archives of Suicide Research, 17(2), 148-160.

Martin, J. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Nademin, E., Englert, D., Jobes, D., Branlund, S., & Olsen, C. (submitted). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Marital status, life stressors, and communication of distress.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Nademin, E., Martin, J., Englert, D., Jobes, D., Branlund, S., Olsen, C., & Kochanski, K. (in preparation). Predictors of helping service utilization 1-month and 12-months prior to suicide in a sample of United States Air Force personnel.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Kochanski, K., Lou, K., Nademin, E., Cox, D., Sterling, G., Olsen, C., Rutstein, D., Englert, D., & Jobes, D. (in preparation). A comparative study of United States Air Force suicide decedents with or without a documented history of attempted suicide.

Cox, D., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Branlund, S., Nademin, E., Jobes, D., Englert, D., Greene, F., & Bakalar, J. (in preparation). Interpersonal and intrapersonal themes of communication prior to suicide in a sample of deceased United States Airmen.

Cox, D. W., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Greene, F. N., Bakalar, J. L., Schendel, C. L., Nademin, M. E., Jobes, D., Englert, D., & Kindt, M. (2011). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Risk factors communicated before and at death. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 398-405.

Martin, J. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Nademin, M., Olsen, C., Branlund, S., Englert, D., & Jobes, D. (2010, April). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Relationship among marital status, life stressors and communication of distress. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Orlando, FL.

Martin, J. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Nademin, M., Olsen, C., Branlund, S., Englert, D., et al. (2010, April). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Relationship among marital status, life stressors and communication of distress. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Orlando, FL.

Nademin, M. E., Napolitano, M. A., Xanthopoulos, M. S., Lloyd-Richardson, E. E., Fava, J., & Marcus, B. (2010). Smoking cessation in college-aged women: A qualitative analysis of factors important to this population. Addiction Research and Theory, 18(6).

Nademin, M. E., Jobes, D. A., Wechsler, F. S., Virden, T. E., & Downing, V. E. (Under Review). Reasons for Living among college students: A comparison between suicidal and non-suicidal samples.

Belanger, S. B., Wechsler, F. S., Nademin, M. E., & Virden, T. E. (2009). Predicting outcome of gastric bypass surgery utilizing personality scale elevations, psychosocial factors, and diagnostic group membership. Obesity Surgery, 20(10), 1361-1371: Doi:10.1007/s11695-009-9866-y.

Tomak, S., Wechsler, F. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Virden, T., & Nademin, M. E. (2009). An Empirical study of the personality characteristics of internet sex offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15(2), 139-148.

Nademin, M. E., Jobes, D. A., Pflanz, S. E., Jacoby, A. M., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Campise, R., Joiner, T. Wagner, B. M., & Johnson, L. (2008). An investigation of interpersonal-psychological variables in Air Force suicides: A controlled-comparison study. Archives of Suicide Research, 12, 309-326.

Nademin, M. E., & Pondell, N. A. (2007). Introduction to associations and regulatory boards. In Lewis, D., Wechsler, F., Sideman, L., & Clemente, L., (Eds). The Arizona sourcebook: Ethics and law for Arizona psychologists. Woodstock Academic Press & Interactive Web Project (http//:www.azpsychologist.com).

Nademin, M. E., Xanthopoulos, M. S., & Napolitano, M. A. (2007, Spring). Smoking cessation in college-aged women: What factors are important to this population? Temple University College of Health Professions Research Symposium.