Premier Mental Health Treatment for Teens

Embark at Atlanta North – located just outside the Atlanta, Georgia metro area – offers outpatient behavioral health services and support for teens, ages 13-17, 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 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.

Start your healing journey today.

Conditions We Treat

Services We Provide

Why Embark at Atlanta North

Our Team

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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...

Shellina Jenkins

Shellina Jenkins

Position: Clinical Director
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.
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Shellina Jenkins

Clinical Director

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

Nicole Wint

Nicole Wint

Position: Therapist
Credentials: LMSW
Nicole Wint is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW). Nicole Wint holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of the Caribbean and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons University. For the past thirteen (13) years, Nicole has worked extensively with teenagers and young adults across Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and the United States which undoubtedly has attributed to vast improvement in cultural competence and diversification of knowledge in her area of expertise. Nicole has a passion for working with youth and while working in Turks and Caicos singlehandedly commenced and maintained campaigns on ending bullying and child sexual abuse. Projects are maintained to date by the Turks and Caicos government. Nicole is consistently developing competence in use of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Play Therapy as part of best therapeutic practices. Nicole is experienced in areas of communication, working with culturally diverse groups, public speaking and leadership skills. Nicole has strong ethical values, great compassion for people and believe that the family is the backbone of the society. Nicole is competent in her ability to work independently and with a team. In her spare time, Nicole likes to read, cook, travel and watch movies with her family.
Nicole Wint

Nicole Wint

Therapist

Nicole Wint is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW). Nicole...

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.
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Natasha Carr

Executive Assistant

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

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Dr. Amanda Nicholson

Position: Primary Therapist
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.
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Dr. Amanda Nicholson

Primary Therapist

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

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Dr. Jose Villongco

Position: Medical Director/Psychiatrist
Dr Jose Villongco received his medical degree from Fa Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. He completed his residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine where he was the recipient of the Hoechst Marion Rousel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr Villongco has served as the clinical director working in resident education, psychiatric consult with the Ryan White HIV clinic, clinical supervisor at the Fulton County Jail, and psychiatrist with the Cumberland Psychiatric Group.
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Dr. Jose Villongco

Medical Director/Psychiatrist

Dr Jose Villongco received his medical degree from Fa Eastern...

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Dru Forster

Position: Director of Public Relations
I have a heart for helping, I come from background of sales and marketing, with a degree in broadcast communications, I worked in the TV News industry as an associate producer/ digital journalist. This was always a dream of mine since I was a little girl watching the news on TV. I’m going on 15 years of growing my sales and marketing career. I worked fearlessly for 8 years in the Hospice and Palliative care industry to educate families and patients on their end-of-life decisions. This was an eye-opening experience and gave me the knowledge to push through even when times get tough. I saw many people suffering and this put life in perspective because all I wanted to do was take the pain away. My sales territories flourished, and I was able to build many office censuses and hit our company goals while still making an impact in the lives of hospice patients and families. This brought me so much joy and created a new purpose of living. I believe we should live each day with kindness and compassion because our world needs it. I am on the other side now and my prospective has changed in a different way by raising awareness of our adolescent mental health crisis. One thing we all know is change is inevitable, so I embrace this new experience with grace and determination knowing Embark is truly making difference in the community. Thank you, it’s an honor to be part of the family now and I’m excited to see Embark grow.
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Dru Forster

Director of Public Relations

I have a heart for helping, I come from background...

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Embark at Atlanta North

960 North Point Parkway

Suite 450

Alpharetta, GA 30005