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

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 adolescents, teens, and young adults struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues.

Anxiety, depression and suicide are on the rise and children are at risk today more than ever before. Too many pre-teens, teens, and young adults go through life suffering from anxiety or depression, loneliness, feelings of shame and trauma. 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, group and family therapy as well as 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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Embark at Cabin John FAQ

The length of outpatient treatment depends on each teen or young adult’s particular needs. On average, outpatient treatment at Embark at Cabin John 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 Cabin John 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 Cabin John involves individual or group sessions with one of our DC 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 Cabin John. 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 Cabin John 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 Cabin John is a good solution for tackling mental health issues in your neighborhood. During outpatient treatment, teens and young adults near DC 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 Maryland 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.

Nearby Location

Check out our nearby location Embark at Tysons Corner! Located in Tysons Corner, Virginia, offers outpatient behavioral health services and support for adolescents, teens, and young adults struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues.

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Our Team

Alex Williams

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

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

Alyssa DeGrace


Alyssa DeGrace is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the...

Christopher Hodgson

Office Manager

Chris Hodgson received a degree in psychology from the University...

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Dr. Harry Gill, MD, PhD

Medical Director

Dr. Gill is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services,...

Jannae Johnson


Jannae Johnson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), received...

Jennifer Murphy

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

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

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John Pelletier

HR Manager – DC Metro

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

Karina Campbell

Executive Director - Cabin John

Karina Campbell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the...

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Kelley York


Kelley York is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), obtaining...

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Lee Lovett


Lee Lovett III, LMSW, holds a Master’s in Social Work...

Melissa Myers

Enrollment Director

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

Sienna Lyon

Clinical Counseling Intern

Sienna is currently working on her Master’s in Clinical Mental...

Taylour Jones

Case Manager

Taylour Jones was raised in Southern New Jersey, where she...

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Terra Tuono-Shell

Clinical Director

Terra Tuono-Shell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states...

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Embark at Cabin John

7945 MacArthur Boulevard

Suite 214

Cabin John, MD 20818

Embark at Cabin John Reviews

Embark at Cabin John
Based on 52 reviews
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23:23 17 Nov 22
Amazing staff. Very welcoming environment. I honestly miss the people who work here often. Still owe a lot of my recovery to this place
Linna M FergusonLinna M Ferguson
19:18 20 Sep 22
While we are new to this program, EVERYTHING from the first intake call to coming daily to the program has been exceptional. We are not new to PHP programs, and had a VERY BAD experience at one in Sterling, Virginia where they were punitive and did not treat my child as human, nonetheless a client of theirs. Point is, I have something to compare this experience to, and I can't rave enough about the staff and the care they have taken on our journey. Seeking out a program like this means that life is very difficult to begin with, but in my experience, once I made the decision to seek this facility out- everything has been incredibly supportive, collaborative, and transparent. While my child still questions if they will 'get better', they are trusting the process and I can tell by the care of the staff - that this will change her life. One thing that stands out to me immediately is that many of the staff have been there for years. I repeat, years. That in itself is incredible. Even those that are newer all have a collective belief in the process and I really haven't had a bad interaction at all. As a parent it is important for you to communicate and coordinate with them, as it does take a village, and the staff have always been accommodating and supportive. I will update my review as we continue through the program, but for those parents that are looking at the many options that exist, look no further. You have compassionate humans that will treat your child with respect and will lead with empathy along their journey. I have no hesitation that we are in the right place - I hope all of you who read this have comfort that not all PHP programs are created equally.
kat songkat song
21:57 16 Sep 22
Our family has found Embark life-giving. In particular, her individual and family therapist (the same person) was simply a human full of love -- on top of being a consummate clinician. The building and setting are beautiful and healing. We ardently wish for more therapy practices to confront rising levels of anxiety and depression. Teens can grow and flourish under good care (and an enlightened society).
Beth Zeiter-ChanBeth Zeiter-Chan
20:24 20 Jun 22
Embark at Cabin John has become a second home for our child. They were with her and for her 100% through this very difficult journey and have led her and us to much firmer ground in the past few months. The education we received on DBT skills was crucial and will serve us well in the future, both individually and as a family. Our child's therapist (who was also our family therapist) was able to challenge our child to move deeper into her issues and guided us all with unconditional positive regard and support. The Cabin John setting is peaceful and beautiful and was a place that our child felt safe and supported during the hardest time in her life. We are beyond grateful.
Leighton ChanLeighton Chan
20:23 20 Jun 22
Thanks to all the staff at Embark who help us through a difficult time. We have had a very positive experience, despite the problems with Covid.
Riki A.HRiki A.H
03:07 08 Apr 22
I took this place for granted, given how awful many mental health services can be. good staff and iop program(I was there until pre Covid)
patrick germainpatrick germain
21:43 18 Mar 22
Great place, great and very friendly staff.
Deysi EscobarDeysi Escobar
21:19 21 Sep 21
The best of the best. They really helped my son get his self esteem and confidence back. Lee was our therapist, but my son loved everyone here. There was many people helping my son. I see that this is a team that you can trust. It’s important to work with people you can trust, especially in this field. My son and my family always got respect and care, while getting genuine help. And we never felt alone. You just have to trust the treatment plan. They will help you through the process. This is not a medical treatment, it’s a journey. We are more confident as a family with the plans and tools that they provided us. My son always had a great time in groups and looked forward to therapy.When we were first looking for a program, we were scared and uncertain. We didn’t know what to do. We are so so happy that it worked out. Every staff member was helpful 24-7 and were available after hours to help. We were crying and praying and looking for an answer. We feel like this was an answered prayer and we feel so good that we always have people to reach out to if we need it.I don’t see these people as staff members, they acted more like friends. I’m so grateful. If your family is struggling, please reach out and trust the process. Everything will be ok. That’s what we found out.
Nick EricksonNick Erickson
20:10 17 May 21
Sabrina and Robyn have been hosting virtual cooking classes on a monthly basis called “Meatless Mondays” which has been so much fun! Not only have I learned some delicious new healthy recipes (really, surprisingly delicious, and my family has loved everything so far), but they have also incorporated Mindfulness and nutrition lessons into the session. I can’t wait for next month’s class! Thank you ladies for teaching me more about healthy eating and the enjoyment that comes with it.
Rashanta BledmanRashanta Bledman
00:18 30 Apr 21
My experience connecting people with Embark has been overwhelmingly positive. I find their staff to be warm, compassionate, and committed to helping adolescents and their families. On various occasions, staff have gone completely above and beyond to provide appropriate resources and referrals. An especially outstanding aspect is the staff following up and checking in to ensure quality care and continuity. I really appreciate their staff!
Jerry SotoJerry Soto
00:23 23 Apr 21
Embark has impacted my family in the most positive and profound ways. The folks who work there are so kind and compassionate. I am so thankful and grateful for the services they provide. To all those who read this review, I highly recommend Embark! THEY ARE AMAZING!
Alika MiddletonAlika Middleton
00:23 15 Apr 21
Embark at Cabin John is a place where all are welcome! The programs are profoundly impactful. Throughout my time partnering with Embark, I have witnessed so many people make positive transformations. Everyone that works at Embark is so kind, welcoming, respectful and authentic. I highly recommend the programs they offer! The Cabin John space is beautifully designed and feels cozy and hip! It is a wonderful place to be!
Christina Lea McCarthyChristina Lea McCarthy
01:34 04 Dec 18
I cannot even begin to describe how helpful my time in Patomac Pathaways IOP was. The counselors are phenomenal and the DBT Model itself is life-changing. I also really enjoyed the weekly experientials. We went hiking, did an escape room, did a crazy ropes course, took a photography walk (with disposable cameras! These photos are ones I took during the experiential), did yoga and Zumba, painted, and more. My life has been changed and is continuing to be changed for the better. Thank you, Patomac Pathaways, for helping me to start living a life worth living.

What Are IOPs and PHPs, and What Should You Expect?

Therapeutic day treatment programs, also known as partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) provide healing mental health treatment that can help your adolescent, teen, or young adult overcome difficult behavioral health challenges. Here’s what you need to know about these outpatient therapy options and how they fit into Embark Behavioral Health’s continuum of care, offered across the United States.