A Premier Outpatient Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, With Healing Therapists

Our outpatient treatment program  near Atlanta, Georgia, has compassionate therapists dedicated to providing healing for youths struggling with mental health issues like eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and suicide. Through a unique therapeutic framework, they provide treatment that helps young people in the Atlanta area overcome difficult behavioral health issues.  

How Our Outpatient Therapists Can Help

Our therapists will help your family get the mental health treatment you need in your local Atlanta community. We offer individual, group, and family therapy as well as therapeutic/peer mentoring, home health care services, addiction treatment, and parent coaching. 

Our outpatient treatment near Atlanta includes a therapeutic day treatment program, also known as a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for those who need frequent, intensive care. Our healing, nurturing, and safe environment will help you address and overcome mental health issues that may be affecting your family’s everyday life.  

Services We Provide Across the Embark Continuum of Care

Conditions Our Therapists Treat

Anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise, and children are at risk today more than ever before. Too many adolescents, teens, and young adults in Georgia go through life struggling with not only these issues but also eating disorders,obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, and trauma. It doesn’t have to be this way.  

We can help your family with a variety of conditions.

Start your healing journey today.

Our Therapists and Team

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Dr. Amanda Nicholson, LMFT, M.Ed.

Position: 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, LMFT, M.Ed.

Clinical Director

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

Chavalle Taylor

Position: Primary Therapist

Chavalle Taylor

Primary Therapist

Danielle Wade

Position: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Danielle Wade

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

D’Arcy Reynolds

Position: Case Manager

D’Arcy Reynolds

Case Manager

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Dr. Cassandra Simms

Position: Psychiatrist
Dr. Cassandra Simms is board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Simms received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999. She completed her Psychiatry Residency and Child/Adolescent Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. During her residency, she served on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Residency Selection Committee, and was chosen to be Chief Resident for the Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program. In May 2004, Dr. Simms moved to Chattanooga Tennessee with her family where she started her professional career with Focus Psychiatric Services, Inc. and Parkridge Valley Hospital treating children and adolescents in an outpatient and inpatient setting until August 2012. In August 2012, Dr. Simms took a position with Community Health Systems via Skyridge Medical Center now known as Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland Tennessee. She provided outpatient care to adults and children at Behavioral Health of Cleveland and inpatient care to adults at Pineridge Treatment Center (Tennova Behavioral Health) via acute hospitalization, inpatient consultation and intensive outpatient programs until August 2015. It was in August 2015, Dr. Simms transitioned to her outpatient private practice as a co-owner of Comprehensive Psychiatric Care, PLLC in Chattanooga Tennessee. She has been joined by several therapists and a Nurse Practitioner to provide services to our beloved community. Dr. Simms collaborates with Healthconnect of America to provide supervision to nurse practitioners in the surrounding area and with Allied Behavioral Services, Inc. to provide consistent medication management services to their clients. In November 2020 while continuing her outpatient services, Dr. Simms was thrilled to join the Embark Behavioral Health’s newest program, The Forge School, a behavioral residential treatment center for boys in Benton Tennessee. She will serve as the Psychiatric Service Director to oversee and provide the psychiatric care to the residents referred to the facility. During her 17 years as a provider, Dr. Simms has also found a passion for teaching students through her clinical experiences. In 2009, Dr. Simms became a faculty member with the University of Tennessee School of Medicine where she briefly served as preceptor for medical students for a portion of their psychiatry rotation. In 2012, Dr. Simms contracted with Lincoln Memorial University’s Physician Assistant program providing their behavioral health clinical experience. Dr. Simms hopes through her current clinical experiences that she can continue to educate upcoming providers and provide them with a thorough clinical psychiatric experience. This is with the hope to make upcoming providers aware of the need for good psychiatric care in our communities and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
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Dr. Cassandra Simms


Dr. Cassandra Simms is board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent...

Dr. Delquis Mendoza

Position: Psychiatrist

Dr. Delquis Mendoza


Dr. Sharnell Myles, Psy.D., LPC, CCTP, CPCS

Position: VP of Operations
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.

Dr. Sharnell Myles, Psy.D., LPC, CCTP, CPCS

VP of Operations

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

Keisha Carver

Position: Therapist

Keisha Carver


Maria Ngangha

Position: Lead Therapist

Maria Ngangha

Lead Therapist

Marla Young

Position: Nurse

Marla Young


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

Executive Assistant

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

Shellina Jenkins

Position: Enrollment 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.

Shellina Jenkins

Enrollment Director

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

Atlanta Clinic FAQ

During outpatient therapy, your adolescent, teen, or young adult will meet with a local Atlanta therapist while maintaining their daily schedule. For those who have moderate mental health symptoms and a daily routine that’s not negatively affecting their mental health, outpatient therapy may be a good option.

Outpatient visits at our program can include weekly individual therapy sessions as well as family counseling with one of our Atlanta therapists. We also offer group therapy through our intensive outpatient program, which usually meets three hours a day, three to four days a week, and our therapeutic day treatment program, which typically meets 5.5 hours a day, five days a week.

There are many benefits to outpatient treatment at our Atlanta clinic. Our outpatient programs allow adolescents, teens, and young adults to maintain work and school schedules and receive support from friends and family while receiving care — and at a more affordable cost on average than most inpatient treatment options.

The goal of outpatient therapy is to help adolescents, teens, and young adults overcome difficult mental health and substance abuse issues through a series of visits to one of our Atlanta therapists.

The main difference between inpatient hospitalization and outpatient treatment is the treatment setting. Outpatient mental health services provide a good option for adolescents, teens, and young adults whose needs can be met by visiting a therapist in their local Atlanta-area neighborhood while living at home and maintaining their daily routine. Inpatient hospitalization treatment is a good option for those who need to leave their home and receive dedicated 24-hour care in a hospital setting to overcome mental health and substance abuse issues.

The length of outpatient treatment depends on each child's particular needs. On average, outpatient treatment at our Atlanta-area outpatient clinic can last from three months to one year. If a deeper level of treatment is needed, adolescents, teens, and young adults can step up a level of care to an inpatient hospitalization treatment program

Our therapeutic day treatment program near Atlanta, also referred to as a partial hospitalization program, or PHP, provides structured treatment for adolescents, teens, and young adults who are stepping down a level of care from an inpatient hospitalization or residential program or who require more intensive care than what an IOP provides. The IOP program takes place in the evenings to accommodate school and work schedules and usually provides nine to 12 hours per week of treatment. A day treatment program typically offers 27.5 hours per week of treatment.

Atlanta Outpatient Program Reviews

Will Ard
Will Ard
17:15 25 Aug 23
I attended a Coffee and Conversations event at Embark earlier this week and was extremely impressed with both the staff and facility. Excellent environment to grow as a professional, connect with others, and receive services.
Doris McKinney Jones
Doris McKinney Jones
17:17 21 Apr 23
Yesterday I attended a Coffee and Conversation event at Embark in Buckhead, Atlanta. To be honest with you I did not know what to expect since I had never heard of Emback before. I must truly say with all honesty...I WAS BLOWN AWAY! This is an amazing organization. First, I was highly impressed with the programs and levels of care they offer for their clients. Secondly, I love the collaboration with all of the different attendees from different organizations inside and outside of Georgia. They all came with the same purpose in mind to help our youth, teens, and adolescents who are challenged with mental health issues in different areas of their life. Finally, you had to be in the room to feel the spirit of the purpose for which the Embark Team operates and are in existence. I will definitely be in the house at the next event. Many Blessings on this organization. Dr. Jones
Tonya Zeigler
Tonya Zeigler
20:55 10 Mar 23
I had the opportunity to see first hand the impact that Embark Behavioral Health Buckhead has on the teens in their care. They provide a safe environment for them to get the help that they need. The staff really connects with the teens and are really invested in making sure they have all the tools they need to be successful in the program and in life.
Nelson Quinones
Nelson Quinones
20:05 10 Mar 23
Embark Behavioral Health is a LIFE-CHANGING Behavioral Health program, for both clients and professionals. As a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Training, I am receiving exceptional training and supervision with Dr. Nicholson, Dr. Myles, Brandon and the entire team here at Embark North Atlanta. It is immensely rewarding to see individuals coming in and watching them embark on a healthier experience in life after their time with our organization. I look forward to not only the long-term growth and development of our clients, but I also anticipate exceptional professional growth and development for myself and my colleagues.
I have had the privilege of working with Embark since we opened our first clinic in Alpharetta. It is amazing that we now get to serve families in the Buckhead and surrounding areas. The staff there is ready and willing to serve every family that decides to walk through that door. If you are looking for a place to help your family heal, the staff there is ready and willing to walk with you on that journey.
Deanna Stewart
Deanna Stewart
01:01 10 Mar 23
Phillip was a great tour guide. He was very insightful during our tour. Meeting the staff of Embark was a delight 😊 everyone was very sweet. After the tour I was very confident in the therapeutic services they provid for there clients. If I could give 10 stars I would. Happy I got to visit.
Annemarie Rich
Annemarie Rich
00:57 10 Mar 23
Embark Behavioral Health has such a beautiful and peaceful space. My nephew has been struggling with his mental health and Brianna King has been so helpful ensuring that he gets the best care possible. It’s difficult to find great treatment for adolescents. Look no further, they have the most amazing staff. I’m forever grateful for all the help and guidance that my family and I have received.
Mimi Rambert
Mimi Rambert
00:46 10 Mar 23
Getting a Tour of Embark Buckhead was very empowering. The therapeutic services can be an essential part of the partnership with local communities I am apart of. Phillip was very informative of the program and provided guidance during our tour. I enjoyed the tour and meeting the staff who were knowledgeable and receptive. Embark's approach to treat is reputable and remarkable.
Aurora Bridges
Aurora Bridges
17:34 09 Mar 23
Wow, it's been such an amazing journey working with all of the wonderful people here at Embark. I chose this company because I wanted care, structure, and evidence-based therapy in my wellness journey. Embark has not only met these expectations, but exceeded them. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted with friendly and considerate service and an amazingly beautiful and therapeutic space to focus on learning and healing. All of the staff have not only supported me through a difficult time, but also encouraged me to continue doing this hard yet necessary work outside of the walls of Embark. I also want to mention that the therapist I worked closely with, Chavalle Taylor, was an absolute joy and honor to work with. She challenged me in ways I never imagined while also holding firm in her commitment to showing warmth and care in my journey. She is so very talented in her ability to communicate clearly and with revere in stressful situtations, while also never forgetting to smile and laugh about the highs during our sessions. Love love love her and this company! I will always recommend it when starting a higher level of therapy.
Neil Niehaus
Neil Niehaus
18:51 17 Feb 23
I have never been more impressed with a mental health clinic. Embark is top tier when it comes to quality. If “nothing less than the very best” describes what you are looking for in mental health treatment for adolescents and young adults, look no further 🙂
Leslie Hoff
Leslie Hoff
00:59 03 Feb 23
Embark has been so wonderful in supporting my family and especially my daughter. I was so scared that I would not see my sweet daughter be happy again. Since she has been at Embark I was able to see her transformation with all of the hard work she has put in AND with all of the therapists support, I feel like we are going to come out on the other side. Every staff member at Embark have been very communicative and kept me well informed on my daughters progress with weekly family therapy via zoom. Now that my daughter is ready to come home, Brianna King and Neil have reached out to me as well with even more support with outpatient therapy. I am so happy that there is a place like Embark to help children find their way. I am so grateful and thankful for all of you.
Social Justice
Social Justice
17:58 23 Dec 22
What an amazing program to partner with to serve youth. Embark's leadership and clinical staff are empathetic, knowledgeable, and well-rooted change agents. The culture at Embark is one to be commended. Not only are they serving youth, but they also serve the family! Their free parent support group has been a much-needed resource in our community and to our parents who are just looking for answers to some of the most challenging issues caregivers are facing. Thank you for all that you do Dr. Myles and team.

Other Treatment Options and Therapists Near Atlanta

If our clinic is too far from you, check out our nearby location in Alpharetta, Georgia. This outpatient clinic serves adolescents, teens, and young adults who are struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues.

A Continuum of Mental Health Care Offered Across the U.S.

Multicultural Family Success Adolescent Teen Anxiety Treatment Embark Behavioral Health

If outpatient therapy, which includes intensive outpatient and therapeutic day treatment programs, does not offer the level of care your adolescent, teen, or young adult needs, Embark Behavioral Health offers exceptional treatment and therapy options across the United States.

From virtual therapy to residential programs, our continuum of care will provide the right level of treatment to help your child overcome difficult mental health challenges.

Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how they’re changing the lives of adolescents, teens, and young adults across the U.S., helping them embrace a fulfilling and purposeful future.


Start your healing journey

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Phone: 770-821-1015

Embark Behavioral Health

3072 Early St NW., Suite 200

Atlanta, GA 30305


· Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

· Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

· Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

· Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

· Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

· Saturday: Closed

· Sunday: Closed


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Areas Our Therapists Serve in the Atlanta Area

· Vinings

· Smyrna

· Mableton

· Adamsville

· Underwood Hills

· Piedmont Heights

· Morningside-Lenox Park

· Midtown Atlanta

· Home Park

· Druid Hills

· Briarcliff Heights

· North Decatur

· Scottdale

· Atlanta

· Buckhead

· Buckhead Village

· Peachtree Hills

· Lindbergh/Morosgo

· Pine Hills

· Brookwood Hills

· Lindridge-Martin Manor

· Lenox

· North Buckhead

· Brookhaven

· West Paces Ferry/Northside

· Cumberland

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.