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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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Marshall Smith, MS, LAMFT

Marshall Smith is a new addition to Pathways Counseling Services, PLLC, but not to the counseling field. Marshall 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 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 with acute and chronic medical diagnoses and trauma. 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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Dayna Mullen, MSc, Relationship Coach

Dayna Mullen is new to Arizona and joins us after 16 years as a Registered Psychologist in Alberta, Canada. She is expanding her expertise as a Professional Life Coach, specializing in relationships, as she completes the transfer of her licensure to Arizona. Dayna holds a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in California.

Dayna has been in private practice for the last 18 years. She specializes in couples therapy and individual counseling. She has experience working with couples, families, and individuals in various clinical settings.

Dayna is trained in PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy). Her additional certifications include IFS (Internal Family Systems) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

Dayna is an expert in relationships. Her focus is to “help couples develop secure relationships through understanding who they are, and where they’ve come from. They discover how early attachment and its effect on the brain and nervous system development influence current experiences in relationships.”

Dayna helps her couples create a foundation in their relationship. It is grounded in a shared vision, love, safety & security, validation, and growth. And having each other’s back, always! With her help, Dayna’s couples learn to understand each other on a deep level by mastering each other’s owner’s manual.

When we understand both our own blueprint and our partners, life becomes much easier! Her clients experience growth individually, and in their relationships. Dayna’s clients report that therapy with her is kind hearted, life changing, playful, and results driven.

By using her education and life experiences, Dayna knows that people feel better and are more successful in every way. They develop and maintain secure relationships with themselves and others. Her job is to help you get there.

Outside of work, Dayna loves spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and her mini schnauzer. She enjoys watching her kids sports, shopping, meditation, and time with friends.

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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 DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), (EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), 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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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 adolescents 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 gender identity.  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, 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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