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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.

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Jessica DeBaufer, MS, LPC

Jessica DeBaufer MS, LPC completed a Clinical Counseling Master’s program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where she earned her Masters of Science degree. Jessica is originally from Chicago, IL where she worked at a private practice as a pediatric therapist. Additionally, she worked as a mental health consultant to several pre-school and high school programs for several years.

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Nicole Kemper, Psy.D.

Nicole Kemper, Psy.D. completed a clinical psychology program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL where she earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology. She completed an American Psychological Association approved internship in Houston, TX, providing psychological evaluation, forensic evaluation, and therapy to a juvenile population. After graduating, Dr. Kemper completed a post-doctoral residency in Midland, TX, where she conducted general, forensic, and neuropsychological evaluations with juveniles and adults. Dr. Kemper is originally from Tempe, AZ and grew up in the valley until she moved to Chicago, IL after college to pursue her postgraduate education. She recently returned to Arizona and is excited to give back to the community in which she grew up.

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Rachel Houck, LPC, LISAC

Rachel Houck LPC, LISAC received a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling through Grand Canyon University.  Upon completion of her Master’s degrees, Rachel was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and has obtained a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Trauma. Rachel utilizes these skills to help individuals work through past traumatic events that may still be affecting them on a regular basis. Rachel is originally from Tempe, Arizona, and prides herself on living in Arizona her entire life.  

Rachel’s areas of focus include working with couples, families, and individuals who experience anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), various types of trauma, and women-specific issues such as infertility or miscarriage.  She is committed to working with individuals through all walks of life and is an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.  

Rachel also utilizes her counseling skills to help clients who struggle with emotional eating, chronic pain, athletic performance anxiety, and self-esteem/body image issues.  Rachel has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Arizona State University which gives her a better understanding of how healthy habits can benefit not only physical health, but mental health as well.  Rachel utilizes her background in nutrition and mental health to help clients obtain better habits, higher performance, healthy body image and a well-rounded lifestyle.

Rachel believes that counseling is an integral part of self-care.  She believes counseling is important whether someone is suffering from traumatic events or just needs support during a life change.  She encourages her clients to be open, honest and committed to making healthy changes.  Her desire is to help clients move from “surviving” to thriving!

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Allison O’Leary, MA

Allison O’Leary, graduated Summa cum Laude from San Francisco State University with a master’s in Psychology. She has worked with individuals, children, and families within the community for eight years. She will be graduating this year with a second master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is an intern at Pathways Counseling Services. 

In California, Allison worked at Alta Mira Recovery as a recovery counselor and volunteered at the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline. After moving to Arizona, she worked as an infant mental health and family support specialist. Prior to earning her first masters, she was trained in ABA therapy for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

Allison has provided individual and family therapy services both in-person and through Telehealth. She is being trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and other evidence-based modalities. She believes in tailoring her therapeutic approach to fit the unique needs of each person. Most importantly, she strives to create a warm and caring therapeutic environment.  

Allison has worked with individuals from various backgrounds and is dedicated to helping all persons feel accepted. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief/loss, and interpersonal conflict. 

Allison is passionate about helping all persons accept their unique truth in a world full of obstacles. She understands that change can be scary and strives to create a non-judgmental space for clients as they make meaningful changes toward optimal health and wellbeing. 

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