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About Pathways Counseling Services

Pathways Counseling Services is a Scottsdale counseling, therapy practice. We offer a holistic approach, incorporating various treatment modalities into the counseling process. Our expert staff treats the counseling relationship as a partnership with the client as well as other healthcare professionals. As needed, we collaborate with Physicians, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists to benefit the client and help them achieve their goals. As a result, clients obtain the most comprehensive treatment available incorporating all aspects of their health.

Providing you with the best counselors for the best care

Chloe Cheek, MCP

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Chloe Cheek holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Chloe has many years of experience working with clients who struggle with anger, anxiety, depression and trauma. She also works with clients with PTSD, self-esteem issues, LGBTQIA+ issues and phase of life adjustments. Chloe also works with couples who are seeking relationship counseling. She works with children, adolescents and families, along with adults and couples.

Chloe uses an integrated approach from a variety of treatment methods. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. Chloe believes that the client should be the driving force behind what interventions are used. Each individual is unique and deserves a completely personalized approach. This leads to the best treatment outcomes.

Chloe has worked in various settings that have aided in her development as a therapist. She has been a counselor in a residential facility for trauma and behavioral health challenges. There she assisted with crisis management for vulnerable populations. She was also a counselor in an intensive outpatient setting. She worked with individuals in the probation and child welfare systems as well. Additionally, Chloe was a therapist in a community mental health setting.

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Haley Anderson, MSW, LMSW

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Haley Anderson holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Connecticut. Haley has experience working with clients that have experienced anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, and behavioral-related challenges. Haley has experience working with childrenadolescents, and families. 

In Haley’s work with clients’ she draws upon skills from a variety of treatment methods including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Play therapy, Art Therapy, and Functional Family Therapy. She did her clinical internship as a school social worker, counseling Elementary school students with behavioral and academic challenges. She also worked in the foster care setting as a foster family therapist gaining experience working with clients with complex trauma histories. 

Haley uses a client-centered framework when approaching clients with the understanding that each client is the expert in their own life. She believes that each client is unique and therefore would benefit from a creative approach from their clinician to ensure that their needs are met. She is committed to helping clients by creating a safe environment and a trusting therapeutic relationship. Haley wants to work with clients to increase empowerment, confidence, and overall well-being. 

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David Merrick, M.Ed, LPC-S Clinical Director

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David Merrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holding licenses in Arizona and Ohio. We welcome him to Pathways Counseling Services, as he bring his years of experience to the practice. David has a Master’s of Science in Education from Youngstown State University, with a focus in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. David has been a practicing counselor in Ohio and Arizona. Before his move to Arizona, David worked with clients in a clinic and also at a residential facility. David participated in program development and leading treatment teams at the residential facility.

David currently enjoys working with adults and teens who are seeking help in their lives. He has experience dealing with traumadepression and PTSD issues. He also works with clients with anger, anxiety and ADHD-related issues. He uses listening skills and prior experience to create the right environment.

David utilizes a variety of treatment methods. They include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. He has training in strength-based approaches, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). David is always open to learning. He continues to increase his knowledge of various treatment methods.

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Danielle Bruns, MCP, LMFT

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Danielle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds licenses in California and Arizona. Danielle is passionate about partnering with couples to address challenges in their relationship. Her experience includes working with couples who are stuck in conflict, or struggling with major transitions. They may also be having challenges with physical intimacy, and recovering from infidelity. Danielle also works with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety and grief. She is trained to work with trauma histories and relationship issues.

Danielle has a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She comes with years of experience helping couples and individuals be their best selves.

Danielle approaches counseling through a Psychodynamic lens. She is EMDR trained. She utilizes this method to assist individuals in processing distressing experiences. These may have resulted in disruptive symptoms. In her work with couples, Danielle integrates techniques from her training in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman Couples Method. She also does premarital counseling and is a Certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator. She offers an assessment to engaged couples or those looking to take the next step in their relationship. She helps couples to facilitate communication with one another on important topics for marriage.

Danielle is passionate about creating a space that feels safe and allows people to fully be themselves. She is committed to understanding the issue from the client’s perspective. She joins the client in their journey to resolution.

Outside of therapy, Danielle loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys a day by the lake, doing anything creative and enjoying the “foodie” culture.

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Sofia Softas-Nall, MS, MA, LPC, NCC

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Sofia Softas-Nall is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Sofia specializes in treating anxiety, depression, chronic health conditions, pain, LGBTQIA+ issues, trauma, and PTSD. Sofia has experience counseling adults, children, teens, groups, families and couples.

Sofia has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR-II) trauma therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, and Mindfulness. She believes that when we heal from traumatic experiences we can then make space for empowerment, self-compassion, connection, and a more rewarding life.

Sofia has experience working in a wide range of settings including hospitals and medical clinics, integrated care, community mental health, university psychological services clinic, cancer rehabilitation institute, disability support services and teaching university students in psychology.

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Allison Zimmer, MS, LAC

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Allison Zimmer is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in Arizona. She received her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Phoenix.

Allison has 6 years of experience in the mental health field working primarily with trauma, relationships, domestic abuse, anxiety, substance abuse, and group therapy. Allison likes working with clients of any age and a variety of different backgrounds. She has the most experience working with teenscouples, and young adults.

Allison has been trained in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also has experience with biofeedback and mindfulness.

Allison has been trained in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also has experience with biofeedback and mindfulness. She is passionate about helping clients understand the importance of positive self-talk, the power of the mind-body connection, and how to challenge negative thought patterns to set and achieve goals. This is fostered through a client-focused, evidence-based approach, working together with clients to find their best path forward.

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Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC

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Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC, is the founder of Pathways Counseling Services, a Scottsdale counseling practice. Stephanie’s passion for helping others began early in life and has continued throughout the years. She started by helping friends with their problems and has never stopped. Stephanie has a knack for getting to the root of the problem and helping people to get unstuck.

Stephanie’s clients include entrepreneurs, athletes, couples, and adolescents who are looking for ways to maximize their mental health and well being. Stephanie uses a holistic approach in her treatment and utilizes various approaches.

Stephanie has undergone advanced training for and is certified through EMDRIA in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  She is a top rated Scottsdale counselor with 2 decades of experience specializing in treating people of all ages for anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also assists people in working through grief, depression and more. Additionally, Stephanie enjoys working with couples and helping people reconnect and rebuild trust in their relationships.

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