Premier Mental Health Treatment for Pre-Teens, Teens, and Young Adults

Embark at Tysons Corner – located in Tysons Corner, Virginia, offers outpatient behavioral health services and support for pre-teens, teens, and young adults, ages 12-17, struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues.

Anxiety, depression and suicide are on the rise in the United States, and our youth are at risk more today than ever before. Too many pre-teens, teens, and young adults are currently suffering from anxiety, depression, feelings of worthlessness, intense social pressure, loneliness, shame and trauma. It doesn’t have to be this way, and Embark at Tysons Corner can help you and your family.

Our outpatient program allows families to get the help they need in their own community and includes individual, group and family therapy, as well as parent coaching, and peer and therapeutic mentoring. We provide healing in a nurturing and safe environment to help families address and overcome the following mental health issues that may be impacting their everyday lives.

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Embark at Tysons Corner FAQ

Outpatient therapy at Embark at Tysons Corner involves treatment that can be performed alongside someone’s daily life and in their neighborhood. For those who have moderate mental health symptoms and a daily routine that is not negatively impacting their mental health, outpatient therapy may be a good option.   

An outpatient visit at Embark at Tysons Corner involves individual or group sessions with our therapists in Virginia. On average, these visits can last anywhere from 1-5 hours a day, 12-20 hours per week, 4-6 days a week.

There are many benefits to outpatient treatment at Embark at Tysons Corner. Our outpatient programs allow teens and young adults to benefit from current work and school schedules, support from friends and family, and a more affordable cost on average in comparison to most inpatient treatment options.

The goal of outpatient therapy at Embark at Tysons Corner is to help teens and young adults overcome difficult mental health and substance abuse issues through a series of visits to our local outpatient clinic.  

Outpatient treatment at Embark at Tysons Corner is a good solution for tackling mental health issues in your neighborhood. During outpatient treatment, teens and young adults in Virginia can visit one of our local therapists while living at home and maintaining their daily routine. Inpatient treatment is a good option for those that need dedicated 24-hour care in a hospital setting to overcome mental health and substance abuse issues.

The length of outpatient treatment depends on each teen or young adult’s particular needs. On average, outpatient treatment at our Virginia clinic can last from 3 months to 1 year. If a deeper level of treatment is needed, adolescents can step up a level in care to an inpatient treatment program.

Embark at Tysons Corner Testimonials

"During our time at Embark my child grew stronger and more confident. They also grew closer to their family. Embark’s multi-faceted approach of combining group therapy with individual therapy and medical support helped them adapt to high school and cope with anxiety. I am proud of my thoughtful child and grateful that we found Embark."

-Karen

 

 

"Embark is a very high quality treatment program for teens with a warm, nurturing, and supportive environment and staff. The treatment incorporates DBT skills and therapy, which was most helpful to my child. The enrollment process was easy, and we did not wait long for a placement in an IOP program for my child. My child was reluctant at first but then bonded with all the staff and other teens. The medication management definitely helped. The discharge was fluid, as my child transferred to a PHP program afterwards. My child's treatment was successful in that they experienced less suicidal ideation and depression at the end of the IOP. My child needed a long time in this IOP, but I am convinced that it saved their life! Thank you!"

-SHW

 

"You are your child's most important advocate and cheerleader --if they are reluctant to go to a program this long, don't give up. You know your child best. Give your child time to settle into the program. Listen carefully for feedback and also observe your child for behavior improvement. Some changes are more subtle. But, overall, listen to your child and try to hear them when they tell you how they feel."

-SHW

 

"Where to start! We experienced other programs and this is hands down the best. The support from the team is exceptional. The therapists all work together to help the child. They are available and open to speak to parents and keep them up to date. For us, they recognized when our daughter needed more help, gave us direction and welcomed her back when she was ready to step down back to IOP. Our daughter is still doing IOP as I wrote this, but has made tremendous improvement in her overall well-being. It is a very difficult time when a loved one goes through a mental health crisis. We tried a variety of places and none were as exemplary as Embark. Do not hesitate to enroll your child. The help, insight, and care they receive will put your child on the path to heal, grow, and mature."

-JS

Nearby Location

Check out our nearby location Embark at Cabin John! Located in the Washington, DC metro area approximately 10 miles northwest of Washington, DC, 13 miles northwest of Arlington, Virginia, and 5 miles southwest of Bethesda, Maryland - offers outpatient behavioral health services and support for pre-teens, teens, and young adults, ages 12-17, struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues.

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Our Team

Sharon Dietsche

Executive Director

Sharon Dietsche, LISCW, LCSW-C joined Embark in 2021 as Executive...

Jamie Howard

Executive Assistant

Coming from the largest medical provider in northern VA, Jamie recognizes...

Lynn Otto

Enrollment Director

Lynn Otto was raised in a military family and has...

Ranya Eid

Clinical Director

Ranya Eid is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia who...

Donovan Holloway

Therapist

Donovan Holloway is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a...

Hannah Watts

Therapist

A native of northern Virginia, Hannah Watts returned to the...

Melissa Myers

Therapist

Melissa Myers has a Masters in Community Counseling with extensive...

Shavonne Gray

Therapist

Shavonne is a Texas native who received her master’s degree...

Alexandra Ali Smith

Case Manager

Alexandra “Ali” Smith, MSW holds a Clinical Master’s degree in...

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John Pelletier

HR Manager – DC Metro

John Pelletier is a graduate of University of Maryland, College...

Sabrina Hansen

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

Sabrina Hansen is the Director of Marketing and Outreach at...

Alex Williams

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

Alex earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from James...

Jennifer Murphy

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

Position: Director of Professional Relations Jennifer Murphy is the Director...

Sharon Dietsche

Position: Executive Director
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Sharon Dietsche, LISCW, LCSW-C joined Embark in 2021 as Executive Director of the Tysons Corner clinic. Sharon has dedicated her 30-year career to creating healthier families and communities. Her endeavors started in the child welfare field in Orlando, Florida, as a foster care and adoptions counselor. After receiving her Masters, she began her clinical work at Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco where she led clinical treatment teams serving children and families with severe trauma histories. Then, as Director, Mental Health, she served as one of the creative forces in the development of Our Second Home, an early childhood family resource center south of the city. From California, Sharon’s career brought her to the national capital area, where she joined the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in 2009 as a Senior Practice Associate. Her work focused on school social work, behavioral health, and child, adolescent, and family issues. Among other accomplishments, she led the development of the NASW standards for social work practice with clients with substance use disorders and the NASW policy statement on adolescent and young adult health. Sharon then served as Director, Prevention & Early Intervention at the DC Department of Behavioral Health. There she oversaw early childhood, school-based mental health, and substance use prevention programs. She transitioned to her next position in 2020 as Director, Program Operations for the Center for Adoption Support and Education where she oversaw all direct services for the organization. Sharon holds a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from the University of Central Florida and in 2020 earned certification in Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Northwestern University. Since 2004, she has served as a subject matter expert in the development of the professional social work licensing exams in California and with the Association of Social Work Boards. Sharon and her husband Tom are parents to three children. Their youngest joined their family in 2018 through international adoption. They currently reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Jamie Howard

Position: Executive Assistant
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Coming from the largest medical provider in northern VA, Jamie recognizes the great need for accessible, amazing treatment Having worked in the medical field for over 15 years, she believes in providing the best care service possible to students and families.   From transitioning from a licensed massage therapist for over 10 years into office management, Jamie takes great pride in the relationships she has built along the way.  She cherishes building strong connections and being a resource for those in need. She takes great pride in improving clients’ quality of life, even in a small way. Her hobbies include learning the guitar, reading, traveling, and finding the next thrill-seeking adventure.

Lynn Otto

Position: Enrollment Director
Lynn Otto was raised in a military family and has lived in several countries, including Bahamas, Iceland, United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada, as well as several states. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Memorial University Newfoundland and a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and approved licensure supervisor in the state of Virginia. She is certified by National Acupuncture Detoxification Association as an Acupuncture Detox Specialist (ADS). She has trained in IFS, CPT, and EMDR therapy and uses a trauma-informed approach to assist clients to address both simple and complex trauma. She has extensive experience working with clients struggling with substance use disorders, process addictions, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, depression, anxiety and stress management using modalities including, but not limited to, EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. Lynn likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, son, three very furry cats and one silly pup.

Ranya Eid

Position: Clinical Director
Credentials: LCSW
Ranya Eid is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She focused her education on psychotherapy with youth and families and is also qualified to provide clinical supervision to social workers obtaining licensure in Virginia. During her career, Ranya has gained considerable experience serving the adolescent population in a multitude of settings including group homes, schools, and inpatient hospitals. She has focused on engaging clients in psychotherapy, utilizing mindfulness, strengths-based, and solution focused modalities. Prior to joining Embark, she directed an adolescent unit at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and assisted with employee development and training, expanding and implementing best practices, and curriculum development. She is passionate about leadership and views it is an opportunity to serve and empower others. Ranya grew up in the Northern Virginia area and enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She is thrilled to be part of the Embark team and looks forward to serving clients at the Tysons Clinic!

Donovan Holloway

Position: Therapist
Donovan Holloway is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Before coming to Embark Donovan worked at the INOVA Behavioral Health Ambulatory Services where he performed Emergency Psychiatric Evaluations for individuals of all age ranges for 11 different Emergency Rooms and Care Centers throughout Northern Virginia. While going through his masters in Social Work, Donovan interned at the City of Alexandria Child Protective Services Unit and did his clinical internship at the Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital where he worked with adolescent clients and their families. Donovan has his certificate in DBT, TF-CBT, and SMART recovery, utilizes motivational interviewing and aspects of Somatic Experience Therapy to help his clients. Outside of Embark Donovan enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and finding ways to give back to the community.

Hannah Watts

Position: Therapist
A native of northern Virginia, Hannah Watts returned to the area after receiving her Master of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Hannah is excited to work as a therapist at Embark Behavioral Health, and is eager to draw on her experiences and skills from years of working in primary care and inpatient behavioral health settings. She has a passion for working with adolescents and their families, and hopes to help them learn and grow alongside each other as the experts of their own experiences. Hannah explains that working with adolescents is especially rewarding because they are perceptive, resilient, and have a fun sense of humor. Her authentic style and use of humor has sharpened her ability to quickly develop rapport with patients and families. Outside of work, she enjoys playing video games with her friends, caring for her plants, and walking and training her five-year-old black pitbull mix, Nyla.

Melissa Myers

Position: Therapist
Melissa Myers has a Masters in Community Counseling with extensive experience working with teens and families. She comes from a military background working with military families with transitions and having lived in various parts out of the country. Melissa’s main area of experience is working with teens with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Her theoretical approaches includes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Prior to returning back to the DMV area, Melissa worked as a residential counselor in Memphis, TN specifically working with problematic sexual behaviors in teens. Her biggest loves in life are family, travel and good eats.

Shavonne Gray

Position: Therapist
Shavonne is a Texas native who received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of North Texas at Dallas. Shavonne has experience with working with teens and families and have provided her clinical skills to inpatient, PHP, and IOP programs in NOVA. Outside of work, Shavonne enjoys skating, hiking, dancing, and hanging out with friends. She is happy to serve the community in the DMV and connecting with teens in such a meaningful way.

Alexandra Ali Smith

Position: Case Manager
Alexandra “Ali” Smith, MSW holds a Clinical Master’s degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Ali has worked extensively with adolescents as part of a youth leadership conference where curriculum focused on Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking, Diversity and Communication Skills and other future readiness skills. Ali is passionate about helping others and has held a variety of volunteer positions which include working in the child life department at a children’s hospital, a Guardian ad Litem working with children in the foster care system and as a reading partner with Reading Connection in Washington, DC. Before becoming a social worker, Ali worked for a non-profit focusing on bringing like-minded entrepreneurs together for experience sharing from all over the world. During grad school, she worked with families experiencing poverty empowering them to achieve their financial, career and education goals. She also worked in a school setting. Ali is an avid traveler and loves learning about different cultures. When she is not working, Ali is happiest when outside hiking, playing soccer and being near the water. She loves learning and growing and has recently taken up (indoor) rock climbing and learning to play the piano. She is excited to be a part of the Embark at Tysons Corner family working as both Case Manager and Therapist.
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John Pelletier

Position: HR Manager – DC Metro
John Pelletier is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in English. He has a long history of management and administration in companies both large and small in various industries including big box retail, local grocery and veterinary medicine. A former veterinary assistant, John continues to spend time volunteering with animals and enjoys gardening, meditating and reading.

Sabrina Hansen

Position: Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro
Sabrina Hansen is the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Embark Behavioral Health- DC Metro. Her passion for creating a culture of helping through communication and outreach can be traced back to her pre-professional days, whether it was as a member of her high school student council or through serving as a university ambassador during her undergraduate studies where she served as a student liaison for prospective students. While earning her Master’s in Social Work, Sabrina joined a telehealth pilot program serving vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Sabrina has also served as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for over 7 years. In her professional career, Sabrina has had opportunities to spread her mission of compassion and well-being in her work as a people and business leader for a leading global cosmetics company, a 4-diamond luxury destination spa focusing on wellness, nutrition and fitness, and most recently, a leading nonprofit healthcare organization. Sabrina enjoys exploring new running, hiking and adventure paths both locally and internationally. She is happiest when she is making memories with her husband, friends, family and her two cats.

Alex Williams

Position: Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro
Alex earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from James Madison University and her Master of Social Work from George Mason University with a concentration in Community Practice. She is passionate about fostering community partnerships to ensure the well-being and success of youth in our communities. Alex has previous experience raising awareness in education, foster care and adoption, and affordable housing, and is excited to bring her passion for community building to Embark to serve families in the DC Metro. Outside of work, you can find Alex embarking on long road trips, whipping up new recipes at home, or escaping to the mountains to reconnect with nature.

Jennifer Murphy

Position: Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro
Position: Director of Professional Relations Jennifer Murphy is the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Embark Behavioral Health in the DC Metro area, and has a Bachelors in Education. Jennifer has a passion for working with children and young adults and helping them lead happy and healthy lives. She believes in the saying “ It takes a village to raise a family” and that it takes all of us to help children grow in a safe and healthy family. Prior to her career at Embark Behavioral Health, Jennifer had experience in working in Pharmaceuticals and in the mental health field. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, exercising, reading non-fiction, and volunteering at dog adoption events.
 

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Embark at Tysons Corner, VA

1934 Old Gallows Road

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Embark at Tysons Corner Reviews

djamil fertikhdjamil fertikh
15:08 03 Aug 22
Loved this place. Very modern design and clean. Staff is very helpful and friendly. The therapists are very caring, responsive and professional. You will get results but u have to stick until the end of the program. Kids learn lots of skills that they can apply not only to help them with their mental health but also day to day life.Also plenty of parking across the street.
Mary CarboneMary Carbone
16:58 29 Jul 22
If your teen needs mental health support, you cannot go wrong with Embark Tysons Corner. The program uses DBT coping skills, which everyone can benefit from, parents and teens alike. Everyone, from staff to clients, are welcoming and supportive. It's amazing to see the transformation over so many weeks of treatment. It's also a data-driven program, which helps support what you will likely see at home. Working the program is hard work and a heavy commitment; however, it may literally be the life line you're seeking.Thank you, Embark Tysons, for such a wonderful experience.
Jennie DoranJennie Doran
23:04 14 Jul 22
We are so happy with the program at Embark. Our 14 year old has been in the 14 week IOP and just completed. the support and care from the staff has been amazing. We were so nervous and unsure at the start wondering if it was the right step to take. Our child has really seemed to grow more confident and comfortable with the help of the peer groups. We know that their continued mental well-being will be a journey but we feel so grateful that this program is one of the ways we could start.
Kaur DKaur D
19:29 11 Jul 22
The counselors and staff at Embark are extraordinary! We had tried multiple counselors and no one was able to make a bond with our daughter and we didn’t know where to turn. Embark got her in right away. Her Embark counselor was the only person she would opened up to and was able to gain her trust and form a bond! That is a true miracle! They genuinely care!
Leslie DavidsonLeslie Davidson
16:10 07 Jul 22
Embark came into our lives at a really dark moment. The team at embark, their expertise, programming and support helped my daughter and the whole family. The program helped her gain the confidence and tools that she needs to be successful emotionally, physically, academically and socially. Embark helped us as parents understand her strengths and how to support her. It has been over six months since our daughter graduated from embark. She still uses the strategies that she learned every day. She has developed into a confident successful kind human being. I cannot say enough good things about the program and the team. Embark-Tysons literally saved her life and taught her how to embrace joy and understand love of herself and others. Her contagious laugh and dancing footsteps brighten our world because she is happy.
Yvonne ParkerYvonne Parker
19:22 06 Jul 22
Thank you Hannah Watts and the entire Embark team for helping our child in their time of need. It has been amazing to see the transformation that has happened over the last couple of month. They are so much healthier and happier now.
RICH CRUZRICH CRUZ
17:41 30 Jun 22
My daughters were not a fit for the program, but the case manager provided some great resources to point us in the right direction. The staff is kind and friendly. Thanks for your help!!!
Kathleen PoliquinKathleen Poliquin
21:28 27 Jun 22
Excellent wrap around services for teens struggling with mental health issues. We have been extremely impressed with level of care not only for our son, but also the parental support. We have hope for the future! Highly highly recommend this program and in particular Melissa Myers who is an outstanding therapist who was able to make an immediate connection and impact with our son!
Chris TomsethChris Tomseth
21:41 25 Jun 22
We enrolled our 15yo son here in February. He was struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Monthly psychiatric treatment and medications had helped, but not enough.He was resistant to going to Embark due to the intensity and the time commitment. However, within a week we could tell that he was clearly receptive to it because he always went to every session on-time, whereas we could not say the same for school. Within 2 weeks he was making an extra effort to attend even on days when he didn't feel well physically or mentally.As parents, we were not present for his therapy with others, but could see the improvement in his attitude and outlook. Embark showed us with data, that it wasn't just what we felt, our son's depression levels were improving, and he was objectively reaching a better state of mind. For the family sessions, he opened up more to us. The medication management offered through their doctor gradually reduced the amount of drugs he was taking, while simultaneously improving his overall mental health. Throughout, the staff at Embark were professional, kind, encouraging, and accomodating.Our son graduated from the program in May. We were under no false impressions that he was "cured", but knew he was better equipped to deal with his challenges going forward. It is now 1 month later and he seems to be in as good a place as he has been since before we first became aware of his mental health challenges. I don't feel it's an exaggeration to say that the program at Embark may have helped save his life. If you have a child struggling with mental health issues, Embark is definitely worth considering.
Nina CadneyNina Cadney
12:29 26 May 22
Embark beyond exceeded my expectations! The staff is very professional and caring. My teen learned so many skills that will help navigate their adolescence and aid them in healthy behaviors as an adult. My teen highly benefited from the program and looked forward to attending daily. The support from Embark will aid in a positive trajectory for our teen and family.
Cece HalliseyCece Hallisey
17:56 11 Feb 22
Thank you to all the Embark staff for the support you've given our family. I see my child using the skills they learned and having the confidence to manage their anxiety and depression. Thanks to the family meetings I am more prepared to support them. The team has been warm, welcoming, and professional throughout my child's time there. I have nothing but great things to say and would strongly recommend the IOP program to any family looking to help their child. Special shout out to Hannah, Jamie, and Shavonne!
KatrinaKatrina
16:02 10 Feb 22
If you have a teen struggling with mental health issues, please consider Embark at Tysons. My child felt safe, heard, seen and understood during her Intensive Outpatient Program. Everyone who works here is professional, kind, and deeply cares about helping teenagers decrease their anxiety and depression. As parents, we were included and consulted at each stage, and the family therapy sessions were vital in supporting our child and our family. A special thank you to Melissa who was our child's individual therapist, and will continue with ongoing support after the IOP has ended. In addition, the space itself is beautiful and welcoming. We entered our child in this program after years of various therapies and medications, and we believe this program has finally helped our child see a way through her mental health struggles.
Patti ChronisterPatti Chronister
21:58 29 Nov 21
This program provided a safe, welcoming learning environment and I cannot say enough about everyone. Between the customer service at the front desk to the psychiatrist and amazing therapists (we love Hannah!) My daughter has grown and learned so much and I am forever grateful. The parent sessions were also helpful. All in all a great environment (the layout and snack offering top notch!) and I would recommend Embark for any child needing mental health support! Thank you all!
Tyanna WilliamsTyanna Williams
20:44 11 Nov 21
Embark has truly exceeded my expectations! I had the pleasure of attending their Open House event today at the Tyson’s Corner clinic location. I was invited to attend by their Executive Director, Sharon Dietsche. I have worked in the mental health field for many years so I am always looking forward to seeing and meeting other clinicians and professionals in the field. From the start the environment as well as the team was welcoming and really demonstrated how much they bring the hearts and their passion into work each day. While the day was short, I had the opportunity to tour the clinic and see the various therapeutic spaces and group spaces available to clients and their families. In addition, there was a panel discussion to give us insight on the Embark values and approaches to this very important work. I cannot commend this team enough for what I know they do each day. Their plans for expanding more clinics and finding ways to reach more families is simply refreshing. If you have not visited this or the other Embark locations, please do!
Angelica Clark BrownAngelica Clark Brown
20:43 11 Nov 21
I had a lovely experience participating in the Embark open house event this morning. As a therapist myself, I was very impressed by the Tysons Corner clinic and their welcoming environment. The clinic’s atmosphere is inviting and soothing. The staff are very friendly, caring, and dedicated to providing high qualities services. The Executive Director, Sharon, and her team are highly invested in each of their client’s healing and it shows in all they do!
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