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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

Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC

Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC, founder of Pathways Counseling Services, received a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also a Licensed Professional  Counselor in the State of Arizona and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Counseling, she traveled to Southeast Asia, volunteering her time assisting children in Thai orphanages. Upon returning to the U.S., she was accepted into a three-year clinical residency program at the well renowned Phoenix Interfaith Counseling in Arizona. While there, she received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.  

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Dafna Oz, MSW, LMSW

Dafna Oz is a Licensed Master Social Worker practicing in Scottsdale, AZ at Pathways Counseling Services. Dafna has experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, trauma, anger, and depression. She also works with individuals as they deal with medical issues, grief and loss. Dafna specializes in working with adolescents, couples and families. 

Dafna is trained in various therapeutic modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). She is skilled in identifying the best treatment methods to use to address a client’s unique needs. Dafna will use a variety of treatments to get the best possible outcome for her clients.

In addition, Dafna has specialized training in the Gottman Method. This effective method assists couples in enhancing and strengthening their bond and relationship. 

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

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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Brooke Lombard, MC, LAC

Brooke Lombard is a Licensed Associate Counselor practicing in Arizona. She holds a Master of Counseling in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Brooke is experienced working with children and teenagers. She understands working with child and teen anxiety issues. She also works with individuals and couples/marriage counseling.

Brooke is a former K12 Educator and Crisis Counselor. She taught and counseled in a high school setting for 23 years.

Brooke specializes in working with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, eating disorders and trauma. Brooke uses various modalities and is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She is also trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). She is skilled in using Play Therapy and creative therapies such as writing and art.

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

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 anxiety and ADHD-related issues. He uses listening skills and prior experience to create the right environment.

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Allison Zimmer, MS, LAC

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.

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