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Meet The Team

Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC

Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC, founder of Pathways Counseling Services, a Scottsdale counseling practice, that offers a safe, nonjudgmental, and caring environment where clients are able to work through problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  In doing so, the journey of healing and growth begins.

Stephanie 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 practicing in Scottsdale.

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.  

Stephanie specializes 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.

Stephanie has undergone advanced training for and is certified through EMDRIA in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  She is a practicing Scottsdale counselor with nearly 2 decades of experience working with individuals, couples, groups, children and families from diverse backgrounds.

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Rachelle Query, MSW, M.Ed, LCSW

Rachelle received a Master’s degree in Social Work through Arizona State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Rachelle has worked with clients of all ages and has specialized training in working with children, teens, young adults and their families. She has been working for nearly 2 decades with this population and feels inspired by her clients and their journeys.

Rachelle has worked both as a counselor in school settings as well as in community mental health. As a result she has a vast knowledge of several treatment modalities. She also has extensive knowledge navigating the school system, which has served to help her advocate for her clients when they face challenges in the school setting.

Rachelle works with children and adults, and specializes in treating anxiety, grief and loss, depression, and trauma. She also treats school related issues and life transitions. She utilizes various methods of treatment to support her clients. Those include Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

When Rachelle is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. You might find her shopping, baking, playing tennis or being in the outdoors.

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Cheryl Zinkan MS, LMFT

Cheryl received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Arizona State University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Cheryl believes that connections and relationships impact our mental well-being. She takes a holistic approach to treatment, considering all aspects of one’s life.

Cheryl has experience working with children and teens. She enjoys using her training and passion for helping this age group to create healthier lives.

Being a Marriage and Family Therapist, Cheryl is also passionate about working with families and couples. She incorporates the entire family system into the counseling relationship when possible. 

In her work with children and adults, Cheryl specializes in treating anxiety related disorders, trauma, depression, and grief. She is also skilled in working with problems within relationships and the family unit. She is committed to working with individuals through all walks of life and is an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Cheryl’s extensive training has allowed her to use various treatment modalities depending upon the needs of each individual. She has experience utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution Focused Therapy, and the Gottman Method.

In her free time, Cheryl enjoys hiking, shopping, and being with her family and friends.. She loves to explore new places in Arizona, traveling and going to local events in the community. Cheryl also enjoys her own self-care using mindfulness in her daily routine.

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Ellie Sivill, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

In 2006, Ellie received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Western Illinois University. Ellie began her counseling career in community mental health working with people with serious mental illness. She credits the clients there with teaching her a lot of the knowledge she has today. There she provided individual therapy and conducted groups in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Substance Abuse, and Child/Teen Wellness. Ellie also works with clients with eating disorders.

Ellie works with individuals, couples, children and teens. She has experience with family therapy as well as treating people with issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship problems, personality disorders, and PTSD. Ellie is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is currently becoming certified in this treatment modality which requires extensive additional training. She believes that it is important to have as many tools as possible to be able to help people to the best of her ability. Additionally, Ellie has counseled many people through the grief process, be that from a loss of a loved one or adapting to an illness or major life transition.

Ellie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona and Illinois, and is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She loves learning and challenging herself to be the best counselor she can be. Truly, her passion is helping people. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Person Centered Therapy to assist clients to reach their counseling goals. She believes that counseling is a collaborative process and that each person is the expert of their own life. She also feels that it is a privilege to be a counselor and believes that it takes an enormous amount of strength to reach out and ask for help.

In her personal life Ellie enjoys shopping, being outdoors, and soaking up the sun! She and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring new destinations.

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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. 

Teri enjoys professional and personal growth and development. Teri prides herself on using a non-judgmental, client-centered and solution-focused approach to help the client navigate their needs and goals while finding the best outcome for each person’s unique life situation. Some of the methods that Teri uses include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy and eclectic/holistic approaches. Teri believes that the therapeutic relationship should be collaborative, safe and evidence-based for optimal progress.

When Teri is not working, she enjoys the outdoors and staying active with her husband and two teenage daughters. Teri’s favorite hobbies include playing with her dog, stand-up paddle boarding, volleyball, traveling, hiking and journaling or reading a book at one of her favorite spots outdoors or at a coffee shop. 

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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 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, grief/loss, and interpersonal conflict. Working with children is an area that Allison excels in.

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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