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

Embark at Atlanta North – located just outside the Atlanta, Georgia metro area – offers outpatient behavioral health services and support for adolescents, teens, and young adults struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues.

Anxiety, depression and suicide are on the rise and young people are at risk today more than ever before. Too many pre-teens, teens, and young adults go through life suffering from anxiety, depression, intense social pressure, feelings of worthlessness and shame. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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

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The length of outpatient treatment depends on each teen or young adult’s particular needs. On average, outpatient treatment at Embark at Atlanta North 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.

Outpatient therapy at Embark at Atlanta North 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 Atlanta North involves individual or group sessions with one of our Atlanta therapists. 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 Atlanta North. Our outpatient program allows teens and young adults to benefit from treatment in their neighborhood, to keep a familiar work and school schedule, to maintain 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 Atlanta North 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 Atlanta North is a good solution for tackling mental health issues in your neighborhood. During outpatient treatment, teens and young adults near Atlanta 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 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 Georgia 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.

Our Team

Dr Amanda Nicholson ATL

Dr. Amanda Nicholson

Position: Assistance Clinical Director
Credentials: LMFT, M.Ed.
Dr. Amanda N. Nicholson, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in Sex Therapy. Dr. Amanda specializes in individual, family therapy, coaching, and couple’s therapy. Her areas of specialty include sexuality, religion, relationship issues, anxiety, trauma, and depression. Dr. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavior Analysis with a minor in Africana Studies from Savannah State University, Master of Family Therapy from Mercer University, Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Sex Therapy from Widener University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Human Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Sex Therapy from Widener University. Dr. Amanda is a trauma informed therapist who is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Having a family theory informed approached Dr. Amanda enjoys using Narrative, Emotional Focused, and Structural therapies in her therapeutic approach while collaborating with her students and families about their care. Dr. Amanda is also a college instructor with five years of teaching experience in the University System of Georgia. In her free time Dr. Amanda enjoys reading books that whisk her imagination off to new places, practicing yoga, eating food good for the soul, watching movies that make her laugh until she cries and enjoying life to the fullest.
Dr Amanda Nicholson ATL

Dr. Amanda Nicholson

Assistance Clinical Director

Dr. Amanda N. Nicholson, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and...

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Brianna King

Position: Director of Professional Relations
Brianna King is the Director of Professional Relations for Embark Atlanta North. She has a passion for helping spread the word on adolescent behavioral health. She has always had a passion for education and learning new things as well. She has an Associates in Applied Sciences with a focus in Medical Laboratory Technology, a Bachelor’s in applied sciences, and an MBA with a focus in International Business. Brianna has a variety of work experience in Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Embark, she worked in Business Development within the Recruitment industry for several years. Overall, she has been working in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for 10 years. Brianna is looking to get the word out of DBT and other effective therapy models that Embark offers within our continuum of care.
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Brianna King

Director of Professional Relations

Brianna King is the Director of Professional Relations for Embark...

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Dr. Sharnell Myles

Position: Vice President of Atlanta Metro
Credentials: Psy.D., LPC, CCTP, CPCS
Dr. Sharnell Myles, Psy. D. is a licensed psychotherapist and certified clinical trauma professional who specializes in the treatment of complex trauma. Her dedication to serving children, youth, and adults has spanned over 20-years with a focus on utilizing trauma-informed services to treat a continuum of trauma experiences, including domestic minor sex trafficking and community-based trauma. Dr. Myles is the Executive Director of JoyUs Beginnings Child & Family Wellness Center and The Urban Trauma Positive Impact Center, Inc., an exclusive trauma-informed treatment and advocacy center located in Atlanta, Georgia. Services include trauma informed therapies, trauma assessments, group treatments, gender specific social justice initiatives for girls of color and PeriCare a 2-Gen maternal fetal behavioral health treatment and advocacy initiative. Dr. Myles served as the first Clinical Director for youthSpark, Inc. and was to serve vulnerable youth who experienced exploitation, abuse, and other victimizations within the Fulton County Juvenile Court (FCJC), the largest juvenile court in the southeast region. Throughout her career, Dr. Myles has consulted with systems of care, such as East Cleveland’s MyCom, Inc. and Minnesota’s Robbinsdale Area Schools, to develop trauma-informed systems of care, policy, programming, and training on trauma and equity. In December 2018, Dr. Myles collaborated with Atlanta Public School Board Member Erika Mitchell – District 5 and co-authored the first Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) Protocol for schools in the state of Georgia and has trained hundreds of school social workers on this policy. In addition, she has trained over ten thousand individuals on the impact of trauma DMST which includes Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, corporations, law enforcement, mental health providers, educators, lawyers, governmental officials, community members, and youth. Dr. Myles has accepted many leadership positions throughout her career. She is the current Advisory Board Chair for the DeKalb County Juvenile Court Mental Health Court – Journey Program, a member of the Georgia Statewide Multi-Disciplinary Team for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Board Chair for Breaking the Cycle, Inc (Philadelphia), and was the Vice Chair of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Taskforce Survivors Supported and Protected workgroup. Dr. Myles is a subject matter expert and provides expert testimony in legal cases involving child and adolescent trauma. She has presented at various conferences and has experience in vast settings such as clinical, juvenile justice, Department of Defense, and community-based settings.
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Dr. Sharnell Myles

Vice President of Atlanta Metro

Dr. Sharnell Myles, Psy. D. is a licensed psychotherapist and...

Natasha Carr

Natasha Carr

Position: Executive Assistant
Natasha is an alumnus of Georgia State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree with a concentration in Managerial Science.  She also Graduated from Georgia Military College Phi Theta Kappa Cum Laude with an Associate in Science, Business Administration degree.  Natasha has a passion for human service and has expended over twenty years of her career working for the State of California, Department of Health and Human Services.  She worked as a leader in her church, Friendship Community Church where she was a facilitated young adult and children and youth groups.  Natasha has a desire to make difference in all she does and have a positive impact on the lives of people she has interactions with.
Natasha Carr

Natasha Carr

Executive Assistant

Natasha is an alumnus of Georgia State University where she...

Shellina Jenkins

Shellina Jenkins

Position: Contract Therapist
Shellina Jenkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Shellina gained interest in helping individuals fight the battle against substance abuse and mental health as a young child. She was eager to find a way to help those in need very close to her. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University, and her Master’s Degree from Fort Valley University. Shellina has a variety of work experience with adolescents and adults in corrections, drug court, foster care, mental health clinics, working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Prior to joining Embark Behavioral Health, Shellina has held leadership positions in mental health clinics and corrections. She has also worked in private practice settings to assist in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, SPMI and substance abuse. Shellina has provided training on suicide prevention/intervention, substance abuse and mental health in community-based settings and in corrections. Shellina’s philosophy on behavioral change involves several treatment modalities such as role modeling / teaching to encourage positive thoughts & behaviors, focusing on positive outcomes utilizing CBT, DBT, solution focused approach etc.
Shellina Jenkins

Shellina Jenkins

Contract Therapist

Shellina Jenkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state...

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Embark at Atlanta North

960 North Point Parkway

Suite 450

Alpharetta, GA 30005

Embark at Atlanta North Reviews

Alexa LilaAlexa Lila
20:45 07 Sep 22
I went on the Embark Program Tour for their facilities in Georgia and Tennessee. All of the staff were warm and welcoming, the locations are peaceful and serene; it makes for a productive recovering environment. Brianna is the sweetest and she represents the Embark family amazingly. Joe is extremely knowledgeable on the program and makes you feel welcomed.
Johnny GeorgeJohnny George
20:44 07 Sep 22
Joe Johnson and Brenna was great! The tour of the 3 Embark facility programs. They are very beautiful places for teens and young adults.
Jordan MooreJordan Moore
20:42 07 Sep 22
Embark’s 3 Program Tour was very informative and super organized. Brianna and Joe were awesome hosts! I would definitely recommend this tour for professionals within the mental health industry!
Ariana K.Ariana K.
03:29 08 Aug 22
Having the opportunity to be an intern at Embark at Atlanta North was a wonderful experience. The environment is very relaxed and safe. The staff is also very welcoming, helpful, and passionate towards the patients. Embark has several different programs for teens, young adults, and college students. They really focus on the best treatment plans and goals for the patients. Working alongside Ms. Natasha Carr and Dr. Sharnell Myles, I have gained skills and resources that I can use in the future.They have managed to make me feel welcomed and comfortable. I encourage college students to Intern at Embark at North Atlanta for a wonderful experience! #JoinBEHAG
Tonya ZeiglerTonya Zeigler
21:49 01 Aug 22
I had the opportunity to visit Embark Atlanta North. It was indeed a pleasurable experience. I was greeted with a warm welcome and given a tour of the facility. I also had an opportunity to meet the wonderful staff and learn about some of the wonderful things that they are doing for the children that receive services at their facility. Everyone was so inviting and willing to share the role they played in making sure the needs of their clients are met. If you are looking for a place filled with love, compassion, and a desire to ensure that every person that walks through their doors is cared for and receives the services that they need, I highly recommend you check them out. You will not be disappointed.
Monique BrightMonique Bright
21:07 01 Aug 22
Upon my visit to tour Embark in Alpharetta - I was greatly impressed with the staff especially Natasha Carr. The ambiance of the facility - it was very calming and serene. The amenities made me feel so relaxed. One can only thrive in the environment. It is definitely a facility I would take my love one for treatment.
Morgan SimoneMorgan Simone
17:38 01 Aug 22
Last week 7/25- 7/29 I volunteered at Embark at Atlanta North. I had a wonderful time the entire staff is very kind and welcoming, they are very good at what they do. I mainly worked with Shellina Jenkins and Natasha Carr they are both wonderful people and are absolutely amazing at what they do. I definitely would recommend going to Embark at Atlanta North everyone there is extremely kind, welcoming, and very good at what they do.I just overall had an amazing time not only does the staff do their job they also take their time to talk to you and have good experiences and make it enjoyable. I could really tell that the staff really do care for all their patients.
Jennifer KensickiJennifer Kensicki
17:14 07 Jul 22
Having just completed the interview and hiring process, I can personally speak to having a wonderful experience. I worked with an amazing Recruiter who followed-up with me each step of the way. I got to interview with several different people throughout the company and was very impressed with their professionalism, warmth, and consistency. While the Top grading experience was strenuous. It allowed me to get a good sense of the structure or the company. Each person I interacted with truly exemplified the Embark values, especially Joy.
Jamayla MoreheadJamayla Morehead
23:37 14 Jun 22
Joe was a great host and providing helpful information about Embark. The environment felt very warm and inviting. I would recommended Embark to other referral sources!
Nicole MooreNicole Moore
15:33 05 Jun 22
The staff at Embark is AMAZING! I was blown away by how welcoming everyone was! The facilities are so “zen” and the opposite of every other facility we have seen! I’m so excited to get my daughter started!
Omar BullockOmar Bullock
20:45 01 Jun 22
This was the best experience I’ve had in a while. The team of professionals was very nice and hands on with all that they are committed too. I really enjoy all the people I’ve met today, it was like one big family educational trip filled with so much learning on a psychology level. I had so much fun learning from all the different spectrums of life. I had so much fun, I forgot about the time 🙂 Our Embark Atlanta team duo Joe and Joe jr were great host and tour guides. Thanks and I’ll be back to visit.
Dana ReynoldsDana Reynolds
20:31 01 Jun 22
The staff at Embark North Atlanta are AMAZING!I was able to tour the continuum of services and everyone I met was wonderful! The facilities are beautiful and the staff care deeply about their programs and the success of their clients and families.
Kyri HarrisKyri Harris
20:26 01 Jun 22
Brianna invited me to tour 3 of their properties where I met and learned about the amazing services they offer. They were all so warm and hospitable! I also enjoyed talking to Joe and being treated so nicely!
Sandra StrozierSandra Strozier
05:23 07 Apr 22
Dr. Myles has a passion for serving our community in every aspect imaginable. I have collaborated with her on several projects that lead to the participants longing to learn and grow more within themselves. As one of the leaders at Embark, she continues to provide the exact same passion, purpose and praiseworthy demeanor to the clients and staff members.
Sharmen ClarkSharmen Clark
00:02 07 Apr 22
At a time when I felt like things were beginning to spiral out of control for my teenager, I took a leap of faith and enrolled my daughter in their youth program. We were both apprehensive and anxious however the staff and especially, Dr. Myles, made sure our questions, concerns and needs were fully met. The staff went above and beyond to welcome my daughter, moved at HER pace and motivated her to become the outspoken, driven leader she is today. Embark truly embodies the epitome of “meeting you where you are!” I highly recommend their services!!! #lifechanging
Annemarie RichAnnemarie Rich
21:22 04 Apr 22
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with Brianna King who has been such a gem. She is that absolute sweetest human! I highly recommend that if anyone is looking for a program for their child or young adult they reach out to Embark! They offer multiple options for treatment and the facilities are beautiful! The staff truly care about every single person who walks in the door and that’s important!
Ally SpauldingAlly Spaulding
19:37 23 Mar 22
Embark takes a wholistic approach to mental health and I am so grateful for it! Emily took her time to really assess our needs and make sure everything by was being addressed. I’m so impressed by their professionalism and care!
Christine BrosendChristine Brosend
17:25 23 Mar 22
Embark at Atlanta North is a highly professionally run office! The staff are very organized and work/teach group classes with knowledge. Emily Rowe has offered a very high standard during her counseling sessions. And she always greets us with her beautiful smile!
Elyza MontefalconElyza Montefalcon
22:01 02 Mar 22
I had the pleasure of touring the Forge and the campus is beautiful. Meeting with the staff showed me how passionate they are to help the adolescents.
Margie MagicMargie Magic
21:53 02 Mar 22
The experience at Embark Atlanta North was awesome. Management stand by their staff. This agency has ethical considerations when treating clients and also in how the treat their employees. Ample support frommanagement. Would recommend to anyone who wants a first class treatment.
Margie GillMargie Gill
21:52 02 Mar 22
Embark at Atlanta North is an EXPERIENCE! The leadership and staff exemplify excellence in every way. This agency truly cares about the health and well-being of each and every person. From the moment you enter the doors, you are warmly welcomed. The connections are so genuine. You don’t have to worry about your loved ones under the care of Embark! They truly are a family! I highly recommend!
Ciara FreemanCiara Freeman
21:40 02 Mar 22
Thank you for such a great tour today of your facility and what you all have to offer! It’s such a clean and safe environment for adolescents to come to and get the help that they need!
Thomas NoelThomas Noel
19:37 16 Feb 22
The people here are outstanding. I mean truly amazing. The facility is new and modern, albeit a little small. They really know what they are doing and put care and effort into their work. They have a fantastic new young adult program that I hope to see grow and develop even more with time.

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