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Our Counselors – Find the Right One for You

Chloe Cheek, MCP, LAC

Chloe Cheek holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Chloe has many years of experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression , Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and trauma. She also works with clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self-esteem issues, LGBTQIA+ issues and phase of life adjustments. Chloe works with children, adolescents, families and adults. She also works with couples who are seeking relationship counseling.

Chloe uses an integrated approach from a variety of treatment methods. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. Chloe believes that the client should be the driving force behind what interventions are used. Each individual is unique and deserves a completely personalized approach. This leads to the best treatment outcomes.

Chloe has worked in various settings that have aided in her development as a therapist. She has been a counselor in a residential facility for trauma and behavioral health challenges. There she assisted with crisis management for vulnerable populations. She was also a counselor in an intensive outpatient setting. She worked with individuals in the probation and child welfare systems as well. Additionally, Chloe was a therapist in a community mental health setting. There she utilized her abilities to foster strong relationships with clients. This led to creating a positive and collaborative environment.

Outside of work, Chloe enjoys spending time with friends and family. She enjoys concerts, seeing movies and creating art.

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Danielle Bruns, MCP, LMFT

Danielle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds licenses in California and Arizona. Danielle is passionate about partnering with couples to address challenges in their relationship. Her experience includes working with couples who are stuck in conflict, or struggling with major transitions. They may also be having challenges with physical intimacy, and recovering from infidelity. Danielle also works with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety and grief. She is trained to work with trauma histories and relationship issues.

Danielle has a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She comes with years of experience helping couples and individuals be their best selves.

Danielle approaches counseling through a Psychodynamic lens. She is EMDR trained. She utilizes this method to assist individuals in processing distressing experiences. These may have resulted in disruptive symptoms. In her work with couples, Danielle integrates techniques from her training in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman Couples Method. She also does premarital counseling and is a Certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator. She offers an assessment to engaged couples or those looking to take the next step in their relationship. She helps couples to facilitate communication with one another on important topics for marriage.

Danielle is passionate about creating a space that feels safe and allows people to fully be themselves. She is committed to understanding the issue from the client’s perspective. She joins the client in their journey to resolution.

Outside of therapy, Danielle loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys a day by the lake, doing anything creative and enjoying the “foodie” culture.

Danielle is a collaborating therapist who provides services for Inspire Counseling and Wellness Center, our sister company. Danielle occasionally consults on cases and provides services for Pathways Counseling Services as well.

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Haley Anderson, MSW, LMSW

Haley Anderson holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Connecticut. Haley has experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD and trauma and behavioral related challenges. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, families and the LQBTQIA+ community.

Haley uses skills from a variety of treatment methods including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Play therapy, Art Therapy, and Functional Family Therapy. Haley also utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Haley did her clinical internship as a school social worker, counseling elementary school students with behavioral and academic challenges. She worked in the foster care setting as a foster family therapist treating children with complex trauma histories.

Haley was also a Division | Collegiate athlete and understands the impact that emotional well-being has on athletic performance. She understands the pressure, anxiety, and overall physical and mental challenge that coincides with being an athlete. She specializes in working with young athletes as well by helping them work through their sport related challenges and giving them the tools they need to be successful.

Haley uses a client-centered framework when approaching clients with the understanding that each client is the expert in their own life. She believes that each client is unique and therefore would benefit from a creative approach from their clinician to ensure that their needs are met. She is committed to creating a safe environment and a trusting therapeutic relationship. Haley aims to increase empowerment, confidence, and overall well-being.

Outside of work, Haley enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also loves animals, and enjoys working out, going for walks, baking, painting, and watching movies. 

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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. David bring his years of experience to the Pathways Counseling Services, PLLC. 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. While in Ohio, 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.

David utilizes a variety of treatment methods. They include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. He has training in strength-based approaches, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). David is always open to learning. He continues to increase his knowledge of various treatment methods.

David’s approach is the building of a trusting, therapeutic relationships. This facilitates his clients as they find solutions to their struggles. He believes the client/provider relationship is one of the most important components. David understands the need for creating positive ways to deal with life’s situations.

David works to create a safe, relaxing environment. His clients are able to feel comfortable and secure during their sessions together. This enables them to confront difficult moments, and celebrate the positive ones. This leads to finding solutions to their struggles. He provides his clients with the skills and tools to move forward. David strives to meet the client where they need him to be and be a supportive partner of their healing journey.

David’s experience includes working within a residential facility. This provides him with liaison skills for clients moving to individual counseling.

Outside of his work, David enjoys spending time with his wife. They take part in hiking, kayaking, traveling, and going to museums. David loves the chance to see and learn about something new.

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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 teens, couples, and young adults.

Allison has been trained in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also has experience with biofeedback and mindfulness. She is passionate about helping clients understand the importance of positive self-talk, the power of the mind-body connection, and how to challenge negative thought patterns to set and achieve goals. This is fostered through a client-focused, evidence-based approach, working together with clients to find their best path forward.

Outside of work, Allison was recently married and loves being a newlywed. She enjoys
spending quality time with her husband and 2 dogs. She is very active and enjoys walking,
hiking, and yoga. She loves to read, watch movies, and spend time with family.

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

Sofia Softas-Nall is a Licensed Professional Counselor 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 (over 9), teens, groups, families and couples.

Sofia understands and is skilled in the counseling for gender identity and the related questions. Information on the considerations can be found here.

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.

She holds two master’s degrees: A Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Science in Psychological Science from University College Dublin, Ireland. Sofia did her clinical internship at Banner Health North Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program.

Sofia aims to create a non-judgmental space for clients to open up as their authentic selves over time. She assists clients in developing their coping skills, social support networks, and rewriting thoughts and beliefs that are no longer serving them. Sofia has ancestry from Greece and the United States which makes her passionate about multicultural counseling and diversity.

Outside of work, Sofia loves to travel, write music, sing, play guitar, hike, and spend time in nature. Sofia is a former college basketball player and enjoys sports and physical activity. She values time with her family and her dog, Hiccup.

Sofia is a collaborating therapist who provides services for Inspire Counseling and Wellness Center, our sister company. Sofia occasionally consults on cases and provides services for Pathways Counseling Services as well.

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Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC

Stephanie Levitt, MA, LPC, NCC, is the founder of Pathways Counseling Services, a Scottsdale counseling practice. Stephanie’s passion for helping others began early in life and has continued throughout the years. Stephanie has a knack for getting to the root of the problem and helping people to get unstuck.

Stephanie’s clients include professionals and entrepreneurs, couples, and adolescents who are looking for ways to maximize their mental health and well being. Stephanie uses a holistic approach in her treatment and utilizes various approaches. She can include her dog, Cooper, in sessions when requested by her clients.

Stephanie has undergone advanced training for and is certified through EMDRIA in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  She is a top rated Scottsdale counselor with two decades of experience specializing in treating people of all ages for trauma and anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 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 is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona and a Nationally Certified Counselor practicing in Scottsdale.

After graduate school, Stephanie 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 where she received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.  

Stephanie has been featured in numerous podcasts, radio show segments, magazines and speaking engagements. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, traveling and being outdoors.

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