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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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Sharon Thomsen, MA, LMFT

Sharon Thomsen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Sharon graduated from Mount Mercy University summa cum laude. She has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and a license to practice in Arizona and Iowa.

She has several years of experience working with individuals, couples, and entire families. Sharon provides a safe and non-judgmental space. She specializes in PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger issues, and families in crisis. Other specialties include relationship challenges, trauma, grief & loss, and LGBTQ.

Sharon uses several different types of healing modalities to achieve goals. She utilizes Narrative, collaborative, experiential, solution focused, CBT, Mindfulness, structural and family systems.

Sharon believes that the decision to come to therapy is the most important first step a person can make. This will lead towards making positive life changes. She works with her clients to assist each person in reaching their goal.

Sharon will help her clients to learn new strategies and increase self awareness. She helps others discover the reason they’re stuck in situations or reoccurring patterns. The tools learned can also help people improve their relationships. Sharon looks forward to working with her clients in their personal journey.

Outside of her work, Sharon enjoys taking walks, hiking, and horseback riding. She uses yoga and meditation to help maintain her life balance. She also enjoys exploring and going on adventures to experience new things. She finds joy in spending time with family, friends, and her animals.

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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.

Shelby is passionate about helping individuals as they navigate daily challenges they may experience. She helps clients become aware of how their thoughts may be negatively impacting their daily life. Shelby and her clients work collaboratively to help challenge negative thinking and distorted thought patterns. Helping children adjust to any new life circumstances is one of Shelby’s other areas of experience. She works with children dealing with separation of parents, relocation, loss of a loved one, along with other issues.

Shelby believes in building a solid therapeutic alliance. It is one of the most important factors in counseling. She uses the art of listening and collaboratively designing treatment plans with her clients. She looks forward to building that alliance with those she works with.

In her free time, Shelby enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Theo. Shelby’s main hobbies include shopping, playing card games, reading, and spending time at the lake or in the pool.

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Gauge Romine, MS, LAC

Gauge Romine has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Gauge is a Licensed Associate Counselor.

Gauge’s focus is to help individuals of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, depression and grief or loss. He also specializes in helping those that have experienced trauma. Additionally, he is passionate about helping those in the LGBTQ+ community. Gauge has experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Gauge utilizes various treatment modalities, with the goal of providing a holistic approach. Gauge practices Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He also uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He incorporates Existential Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in his practice as well.

Gauge believes in educating those he works with so that they have the tools to use in their daily lives. This assists them in navigating the challenges and obstacles that they may face. 

Gauge has experience in a wide variety of settings. Such settings include community mental health, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. Gauge is eager to work with clients that want to address the core issues that affect their present-day circumstances. He is passionate about partnering with clients to find lasting change. His goal is to provide a safe space to work through life’s challenging issues. Gauge connects with his clients in a way that allows people to open up and be their authentic selves.

In his free time, Gauge enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys exploring the greater Phoenix area. Gauge’s main hobbies include reading and trying new restaurants. He also likes to brew craft coffees and teas

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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 a certified Life Coach and 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), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 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.

Alicia has over a decade of experience in the mental health field. She implements her practice in her personal life with many methods of self-awareness, meditation, and yoga. Alicia believes as complex human beings living in a world we are shaped and molded by our life experiences. By working together can help you grow personally and professionally. Alicia will assist in identifying the issues impeding your success. She will guide you to use innovative ways to eliminate the obstacles stopping you from achieving your goals, dreams, and ideal life.

Her mission is to help to find practical and long-lasting solutions for various age groups. Her innovative counseling process is an equal mix of education and experience. This is all provided through holistic approaches. The approaches are as individual and unique as you are. Together, you and she will champion your success to provide the needed skills. Skills you can immediately apply to your life. This allows you to create the blueprint for your best life. The counseling process isn’t without its challenges. She helps you yield results. Alicia will help you gain insight, give you actionable steps, and transform your human experience. You will achieve a higher sense of confidence, performance, and enthusiasm for living life.

In her time away from work, Alicia enjoys working out, cycling, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves traveling to new destinations and is always on the go to the next adventure in her life.

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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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