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About Pathways Counseling Services

Pathways Counseling Services is a Scottsdale counseling and therapy practice offering a holistic approach to counseling, incorporating various treatment modalities into the counseling process. Our expert staff treats the counseling relationship as a partnership, partnering with the client as well as other healthcare professionals such as Physicians, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists as needed 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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David Merrick, M.Ed, LPC

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 trauma, depression 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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Marshall Smith, MS, LAMFT

Marshall Smith is a new addition to Pathways Counseling Services, PLLC, but not to the counseling field. Marshall is available to offer his expertise in dealing with life’s challenges as an LAMFT. Marshall has a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Organizational Psychology.

Marshall has experience working with children, teens and families. He has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Narrative Therapy, CE-CERT, and Medical Family Therapy.

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Dayna Mullen, MSc, Relationship Coach

Dayna Mullen is new to Arizona and joins us after 16 years as a Registered Psychologist in Alberta, Canada. She is expanding her expertise as a Professional Relationship Coach, specializing in relationships, as she completes the transfer of her licensure to Arizona. Dayna holds a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in California.

Dayna has been in private practice for the last 18 years. She specializes in couples therapy and individual counseling. She has experience working with couples, families, and individuals in various clinical settings.

Dayna is trained in PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy). Her additional certifications include IFS (Internal Family Systems) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

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Shelby Rouse, MS, LAC

Shelby Rouse is a Licensed Associate Counselor practicing in Arizona. She holds a Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

Shelby is experienced in working with children, teens, and young adults. Shelby has many years of experience working with the autism population. She has been a Behavioral Health Technician, in addition to a Licensed Associate Counselor.

Shelby specializes in working with individuals who have experienced trauma using various modalities. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). She also utilizes play therapy and applied behavioral analytic techniques. Shelby is experienced treating anxiety-related disorders, depression, and adjustment disorders.

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Alicia Bindenagel, MS, LAC

Alicia Bindenagel is a Licensed Associate Counselor practicing in Arizona. She holds a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is also working on her Doctor of Education.

Alicia is experienced working with children, teens, adults, and couples. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mediation to name a few.

Alicia specializes in treating anxiety-related disorders, trauma, depression and PTSD. She works with those dealing with grief and loss. She is passionate about working with all walks of life , and works with gender fluidity in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Teri Nelson, M.Ed, LPC

Teri Nelson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She holds a Master’s of Education degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida and is licensed as a counselor in three states; Florida, Colorado and Arizona. 

Teri enjoys working with people of all ages, multiple needs, from diverse communities and backgrounds. She has worked extensively with children and families, individuals as well as couples. Teri has a passion to help people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, faith based issues and children’s mental/behavioral health issues.  With Teri’s level of experience and knowledge, she is able to support and help any individual who is desiring a positive change. 

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