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Meet The Team

Stephanie Levitt, 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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Teri Nelson 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), 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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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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Jessica DeBaufer, 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.  

Jessica enjoys working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and young adults. She has experience working with these populations individually as well as within family and group settings. Jessica works with couples, both individually and in joint sessions with the goal of positive relationship counseling. She utilizes an eclectic, psychoeducational, skills and strength-based treatment approach. Jessica specializes in treating anxiety disorders including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression, ADHD, behavioral concerns, anger, school-related issues, and child-family therapy.

Jessica is passionate about working with children, teens, and young adults as she believes that learning coping skills and strategies at a young age will assist these individuals in evolving into competent, confident adults.

Jessica utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Experiential Play Therapy. Jessica also incorporates concepts of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into her sessions.

Jessica believes that truly meaningful work cannot be made unless an individual feels comfortable with their therapist. To this end, Jessica approaches her work with an empathic, compassionate, patient, and warm demeanor. Jessica connects with individuals where they are, with a kind and non-judgmental approach.

She believes in the importance of having her clients as active participants and collaborators during their sessions for optimal growth and success. Through a combination of collaboration, compassion, and specialized treatment approaches – clients can expect gratifying personal growth.

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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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