Embark at The Poconos – located in White Haven, Pennsylvania, along the Lehigh River near the Pocono Mountains. Our serene and private environment nestled within the rolling woodlands and meadows of the foothills provides an ideal setting for reflection and growth. 77 beautiful acres within the Pocono Mountains create a natural, tranquil, peaceful and healing setting for your daughter and family.

Embark offers premier short-term residential care and support for girls ages 13-17, who may be struggling with mental health. We provide a healing, nurturing and safe environment to help families and their daughters overcome behavioral health issues that may be affecting their everyday life. Embark is proud to tailor treatment to the individual needs of each student and family.

For teen girls experiencing and struggling with the mental health issues below, the earlier they are diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be. Identifying those behaviors and symptoms early on and implementing a course of care and specialized treatment can prevent further and more severe problems from developing as teen girls grow into adults.

Short-term treatment typically lasts between one and three months. Teens best suited for short-term treatment often come to The Poconos from another treatment program or an unsuccessful living environment seeking a 24-hour continuum of care. In our trusted home-like environment, we provide an empathetic and supportive therapeutic structure that helps teens manage their daily life tasks and make healthy lifestyle changes.

If you are looking for a short-term residential program for teen boys, visit Embark at the Forge.

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Engaging Therapeutic and Experiential Activities

In addition to traditional therapy methods, your teen will also participate in therapeutic and experiential activities. We implement these activities for your teen to not only get a break from the house but also learn how to apply the skills learned on campus in real-world environments, while also learning healthy and appropriate ways to find enjoyment in life.

All the activities that we do fall within one of the five domains of functioning which include social functioning, emotional functioning, intellectual functioning, physical functioning, or spiritual functioning. We also love to hear suggestions of ideas from each of our students and take their interests into account when scheduling the monthly activities. Here are some examples of activities that we do that fall under each category:

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Embark at Poconos

108 Country Place Lane

White Haven, PA 18661

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Knoebels Amusement Park

Hershey Park

Historical Philadelphia

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Museum of Art

National Parks

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White Water rafting

Bike Trails

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Daily Schedule Highlights

Embark at the Poconos offers a structured, supportive learning environment designed to promote healing, self-care and emotional wellness. The schedule encompasses activities of daily living, groups, exercise, meals and a therapeutic milieu. This approach, in combination with individual and family therapy, is designed to build confidence, strengthen relationships and improve social-emotional functioning.

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Our Team

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Helene Creasy

Position: Vice President, Philadelphia Metro
Credentials: LCSW, MBA
Helene has extensive experience in the delivery, management, and administration of behavioral health services. Over the span of her 30-year career, she has developed programming in various adult and adolescent treatment settings including inpatient care, partial hospitalization, IOP and outpatient. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker herself, she is passionate about person-centered, quality treatment. Helene seeks to build genuine relationships with the individuals and families she serves.  Her training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT and Multi-Systemic Family Therapy provides a clinical framework that is solution-focused. Prior to joining Embark, Helene operated a Private Practice, had been an adjunct faculty member at Alvernia University and currently serves on several community advisory boards. Helene is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. She received her BSW from Bloomsburg University, MSW from Temple University and attained her MBA from the University of Scranton. Helene and her husband own and manage a local pizzeria. In her free time, Helene enjoys traveling, walking, hiking, spending time with family and loves to relax near the East Coast beaches.
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Helene Creasy

Vice President, Philadelphia Metro

Helene has extensive experience in the delivery, management, and administration...

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Katie Holahan

Position: Primary Therapist
Credentials: LSW CATP
Katie graduated from Marywood University with an MSW degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Behavioral Health.  She has been working in the field for 15 years and has been acknowledged internationally as a certified trauma therapist. Katie has provided family and individual therapy, substance abuse, and behavior modification to a wide variety of populations such as children starting at the age of 5 to adults 60 and over.  She has treated individuals diagnosed with autism, mental health illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and comorbidity.
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Katie Holahan

Primary Therapist

Katie graduated from Marywood University with an MSW degree in...

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Kathleen Goughler

Position: Director of Professional Relations
Kathleen Goughler is the Director of Professional Relations for Embark at Main Line.  Kathleen has bachelor’s degree in marketing for West Chester University.  She has extension experience working in the mental health community.  Kathleen started her career working for Johnson and Johnson in pharmaceutical sales and marketing. She continued her career in the mental health field by working with residential treatment programs for adolescents and adults.  Kathleen has spent over 12 years working with families, treatment providers and programs to build awareness for treatment options to those struggling with mental health and addiction.  She is committed to being a pillar in the community to reduce the stigma of mental health treatment.  Kathleen is married with two sons and one cat.  She loves spending time with her family, the sun of the beach and not taking life too seriously.
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Kathleen Goughler

Director of Professional Relations

Kathleen Goughler is the Director of Professional Relations for Embark...

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Elmer Cupino

Position: Board Certified Psychiatrist
Credentials: MD
Dr. Elmer Cupino was born in the Philippines and is a graduate of Walla Walla University, Washington. He earned his medical degree from the University of Montemorelos, Mexico, and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, and his Child & Adolescent fellowship at University of Massachusetts. Dr. Cupino has almost thirty years of hospital inpatient and outpatient psychiatric practice in both general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry in DuBois, PA., Pottsville, PA., and currently at Tower Health in Pottstown, PA. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and good standing member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served as a clinical assistant professor for Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, DeSales University in the Nurse Practitioner program and Physician Assistant program, Drexel Nurse Practitioner program and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He and his wife, Dorothy, call southern Berks, PA. their home. Their two sons have flown the nest. The eldest son Andrew, a practicing radiation-oncologist lives in MT with his wife and three sons while their second son, Alan, a Ph D candidate in Epidemiology lives in CA with his wife and is employed by the Los Angeles county as a supervising epidemiologist.
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Elmer Cupino

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Elmer Cupino was born in the Philippines and is...

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Stephanie Bernardryn

Position: Associate Executive Director
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Stephanie Bernardryn

Associate Executive Director