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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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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. She also worked with couples in relationship counseling sessions, both individually and together.

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.

Dr. Kemper specializes in working with children of all ages, teens, as well as parents and couples. Dr. Kemper is proficient in conducting general psychological evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, and forensic psychological evaluations. In doing so, she is able to assist parents in obtaining 504 plans and IEP’s, assess for gifted intellect, learning disorders, and executive functioning impairments. Dr. Kemper has a passion for psychological evaluations, as she believes that psychological treatment should be approached similarly to medical treatment, with a proper diagnosis from which to build a treatment plan.  She has been trained extensively in providing evidence-based care to individuals of all different backgrounds and believes in using a holistic treatment approach.

Dr. Kemper has had several years of experience providing therapy services to individuals struggling with a variety of issues. She has worked in hospitals, substance abuse facilities, prisons, and outpatient settings, which has provided her with a wealth of clinical experience to draw from when working with new clients. Her wide range of clinical experiences has led her to develop an eclectic approach to therapy, as she strongly believes that each individual is unique and may need different approaches to treatment. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Existential Therapy, Systematic Therapy, Art Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Therapy. Dr. Kemper believes that the therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is essential for change and growth. She spends time in sessions to connect with her clients and make sure they feel comfortable, safe, and heard. She is naturally empathic, nonjudgmental, warm, and invested in her client’s healing. Dr. Kemper also believes that humor and positivity are essential to balancing the uncomfortable reality that we all face when struggling with issues in our lives, and brings these attributes into session with her. Regardless of where you are in life, Dr. Kemper would be honored to meet you where you are and help you get to where you would like to be.

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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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