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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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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, 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.

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Brooke Lombard, MC, LAC

Brooke Lombard is a Licensed Associate Counselor practicing in Arizona. She holds a Master of Counseling in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Brooke is experienced working with children and teenagers. She understands working with child and teen anxiety issues. She also works with individuals and couples/marriage counseling.

Brooke Is a former K12 Educator and Crisis Counselor. She taught and counseled in a high school setting for 23 years.

Brooke specializes in working with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, eating disorders and trauma. Brooke uses various modalities and is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She is also trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). She is skilled in using Play Therapy and creative therapies such as writing and art.

Brooke is a client focused therapist, who believes in creating a nurturing space for her clients to feel comfortable and safe. Brooke is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to create individualized treatment plans. As a former writer and educator, Brooke is creative by nature, and is committed to finding techniques and modalities, which can make the therapeutic process enjoyable and fun.

In her free time, Brooke enjoys running, hiking, baking and crafting. She also spends time with her family and her two black cats, Tony and Diego.

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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, 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 (Griffeth) Zimmer, MS, LAC

Allison (Griffeth) 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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Marshall Smith, MS, LAMFT

Marshall Smith is available to offer his expertise in dealing with life’s challenges as an LAMFT. Marshall has a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. He is also currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Organizational Psychology.

Marshall has experience working with young adults, children, teens, and families. He is well versed helping children and teens with school, athletic and sports performance, along with issues dealing with identity.

He has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, CE-CERT, and Medical Family Therapy.

Marshall is passionate about working with families as they deal Issues that impact all members of the core or extended family. He also works with individuals experiencing PTSD, anxiety related disorders and depression.

Marshall focuses his work on supporting people to create a new understanding and meaning of events. These events can be from the past, present or future. In doing so, he helps to reshape how his clients may feel about such events.

Marshall believes that every person has a story and plan that is uniquely their own. Marshall’s goal with therapy is to help clients experience a more fulfilling, memorable, and positive life.

Outside of work, Marshall loves spending time traveling, and playing sports. He and his wife enjoy attending concerts. You can also find him doing anything and everything outdoors. He is always looking for new ways to enjoy his life and make the most out of every moment.

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