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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Jeanni Simpson

Jeanni Simpson

Position: Enrollment Director
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: MSW, M.Ed.
Jeanni, a native of Racine, WI, is a woman of purpose and defender of the disenfranchised. She has worked with the some of the most vulnerable populations locally and internationally. She recognizes the importance of civic engagement as a tool to impact change. She is a champion of education, having earned a bachelor’s in communication and two master’s in education and social work. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work at Howard University. Jeanni is a 2015 graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization with a longstanding reputation for advocacy, change, and societal progress. She served as the co-chair for the Inaugural Social Work Student Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, raising awareness around the Social Work Reinvestment Act. In the summer of 2014, she served as a White House Intern in President Barak Obama’s Administration. Jeanni believes in striving forward while reaching back to cultivate strong leaders in future generations. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, enjoys cooking, crafting, live music, and spending time with her family, friends. and dogs (Riley and Rocco).
Jeanni Simpson

Jeanni Simpson

Enrollment Director

Jeanni, a native of Racine, WI, is a woman of...

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Dr. Harry Gill, MD, PhD

Position: Medical Director
Credentials: MD, PhD
Dr. Gill is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Prior to his appointment with Suburban Hospital, Dr. Gill has served as the Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services, of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. He is presently also Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University Department of Psychiatry as well as St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Originally from Croatia, Dr. Gill came to the United States to pursue study and research of the brain function. After obtaining his double-major Doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from Iowa State University focusing on brain mapping of visual imagery process, Dr. Gill served as Chief Medical Officer with the State of Iowa Department of Human Services Medicaid Agency. He has worked closely with (then) Health Care Financing Administration (presently Center for Medicare Services) on the development of quality of care measures for Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care. His continued interest in quality of care as well as providing optimal care to patients needing psychiatric care led to founding of the AXIS Healthcare Group that attracted a team of experts sharing the same mission. Dr. Gill also completed training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he also chaired and taught in the Neuroscience and Psychotherapy course. In his private practice Dr. Gill provides psychiatric and therapeutic services. His interest in education of both professionals and lay audiences led to developing the educational branch of the AXIS Healthcare Group. He continues to promote psychotherapeutic intervention as essential component of treatment both through his clinical work as well as his ongoing teaching.
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Dr. Harry Gill, MD, PhD

Medical Director

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

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Grant Gamble

Position: Case Manager
Credentials: CCDC

Grant Gamble is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He started working in dual-diagnosis treatment in 2015 as a primary case manager for a residential young adult program. Grant received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California State University of Northridge. He has completed training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is a Certified SMART Recovery Group Facilitator. Grant has experience working with clients diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. He has a great interest and understanding of the recovery process for young adults. Grant believes in an entire mind and body connection in order to maintain long-term recovery. He focuses on helping steer client’s focus to their individualized treatment plan by supporting them in five major competencies he believes are essential to the life long recovery process (Life Skills, Recovery, Fitness, Productivity, and Emotional Well-Being). Grant is an avid swimmer, live music attendee, and lover of all things ocean-related!  

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Grant Gamble

Case Manager

Grant Gamble is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) with...

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Christopher Hodgson

Position: Office Manager
Christopher Hodgson received a BA in psychology from the University of Georgia in his hometown of Athens. He has a diverse background in administrative, customer service and management roles with various businesses ranging in size from “mom and pop” through an NYSE mutual fund corporation. After relocating to Maryland, Christopher met his partner in 1997 while living in Baltimore and they now reside in Western Montgomery County surrounded by the lush greenery of the Maryland Agricultural Reserve. During his personal time he enjoys audio books, cooking, learning about American Sign Language and deepening in the practices of Vajrayana Buddhism.
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Christopher Hodgson

Office Manager

Christopher Hodgson received a BA in psychology from the University of Georgia...

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Benjamin Zeoli

Position: Facilities Manager
Benjamin Zeoli has many years of facilities management in primarily holistic settings. He has also worked very closely, as a technician, alongside doctors in the fields of human holistic health care and holistic veterinary care. Seeing to a clean, safe, healthy and properly functioning work environment will be Benjamin’s focal points at Potomac Pathways. For the past 33 years, Benjamin has been a practicing Buddhist. He enjoys gardening, decorating, music, cooking, spending time with family and friends and has a tremendous love of animals.
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Benjamin Zeoli

Facilities Manager

Benjamin Zeoli has many years of facilities management in primarily...

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.

Sabrina Hansen

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

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

Lee Lovett

Lee Lovett

Position: Therapist
Credentials: LMSW
Lee Lovett III, LMSW, holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he concentrated in clinical, behavioral health, and sub-specialized in Employee Assistance Programs. He is also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and believes that Hypnosis is an effective way to promote long-lasting behavioral changes. In his work with clients, he utilizes a range of therapeutic interventions from theoretical orientations including but not limited to: mindfulness-based stress reduction, psychoanalytic, dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapies, and motivational interviewing. Lee has always been fascinated with people and their stories.  He comes from a humanistic, person-centered approach, believing that the storytellers are the experts in their lives.  He strongly believes in the cathartic value that creative endeavors bring and likes to help people tap into that inherent part of themselves. He is a very active person, enjoys being outside for hikes and runs, and has a good sense of humor.  While he takes his work seriously, he doesn’t take himself too seriously; he likes to have a good time and joke around, when appropriate.
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Lee Lovett


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

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Terra Tuono-Shell

Position: Clinical Director
Terra Tuono-Shell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Maryland and Virginia and a Certified Counselor Supervisor.  She earned a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University. Terra started her career specializing in assisting adolescents with learning disabilities to navigate Individual Education Plan development and acquiring accommodations in education and work environments. Throughout her career, Terra gained a variety of work experience with adolescents and adults in outpatient mental health, residential treatment, outpatient substance abuse, Federal government, non-profit, and education settings.  Prior to joining Embark Behavioral Health, Terra worked in private practice providing treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and family discord. Terra Tuono-Shell has extensive experience in critical incident response, suicide prevention/intervention and curriculum development that she gained while working for a Federal law enforcement agency.  Overall, Terra has spent her entire career providing assistance for adolescents and adults with the hope they will be able to have a balanced life, connected relationships, and optimal performance in any setting.
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Terra Tuono-Shell

Clinical Director

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

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Kelley York

Position: Therapist
Kelley York is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), obtaining her Master of Social Work degree from THE Howard University. She went to West Virginia University for undergrad, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. While there, she played for the school’s Women’s Lacrosse team and loved every second of it. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including in a hospital, a school setting, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and within the community. She enjoys staying active and is fond of expressive therapy as talking/talk-therapy is not always as easy as it seems (and you get to dance and pet animals!). She also enjoys Mindfulness and meditates every single day to help end her day stress-free. She loves her family, her cat, listening to music, the beach, and being silly, when appropriate. Kelley is excited for her new role as a therapist and looks forward to helping her clients realize their worth.
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Kelley York


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

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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.
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John Pelletier

HR Manager – DC Metro

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

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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
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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.