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

Healing Therapists at Our Premier Outpatient Program in Vienna, Virginia

Embark Behavioral Health provides therapists dedicated to helping adolescents and teens with mental health issues at our outpatient treatment program in Vienna, Virginia.  

Our therapists will help your family get the mental health treatment you need in your Fairfax County community. Our counselors specialize in helping youths who are struggling with behavioral health and substance use challenges through an intensive outpatient program (IOP) offering dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma- focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and self-management and recovery training (SMART).  


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How Our Therapists Can Help

Our therapists can help your adolescent or teen address and overcome mental health issues that may be affecting your family’s everyday life. Our Vienna outpatient clinic offers individual, group, and family therapy as well as therapeutic/peer mentoring, home behavioral health care services, substance use treatment, and parent coaching. 

Services We Provide Across the Embark Continuum of Care

Conditions Our Therapists Treat

Anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise, and youths are at risk today more than ever before. Too many adolescents and teens in and near Vienna go through life struggling with not only anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation 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. Our outpatient treatment program can help your child create a life filled with joy. 

Our Therapists and Team

Karina Campbell, MSW, JD

Executive Director - Cabin John

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

Alex Williams

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

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

Jennifer Murphy

Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro

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

Melissa Myers

Enrollment Director

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

Hannah Watts


A native of northern Virginia, Hannah Watts returned to the...

Shavonne Gray


Shavonne is a Texas native who received her master’s degree...

Alexandra Ali Smith

Case Manager

Alexandra “Ali” Smith, MSW holds a Clinical Master’s degree in...

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John Pelletier

HR Manager – DC Metro

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

Karina Campbell, MSW, JD

Position: Executive Director - Cabin John
Karina Campbell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Ursinus College, a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor Degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Karina started her career assisting adjudicated adolescents in a residential setting. Throughout her career, Karina has gained a variety of work experience with adolescents and adults in not only the residential setting but in outpatient mental health, and non-profit organizations. She later attended law school seeking to help others with her understanding of mental health and the law. Prior to joining Embark Behavioral Health Karina worked in the court system working with families going through divorce and custody proceedings. Karina also worked in private practice providing treatment for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and family discord. Karina is happiest when she spends time with family and friends because for her those connections are paramount.

Alex Williams

Position: Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro
Alex earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from James Madison University and her Master of Social Work from George Mason University with a concentration in Community Practice. She is passionate about fostering community partnerships to ensure the well-being and success of youth in our communities. Alex has previous experience raising awareness in education, foster care and adoption, and affordable housing, and is excited to bring her passion for community building to Embark to serve families in the DC Metro. Outside of work, you can find Alex embarking on long road trips, whipping up new recipes at home, or escaping to the mountains to reconnect with nature.

Jennifer Murphy

Position: Director of Professional Relations, DC Metro
Position: Director of Professional Relations Jennifer Murphy is the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Embark Behavioral Health in the DC Metro area, and has a Bachelors in Education. Jennifer has a passion for working with children and young adults and helping them lead happy and healthy lives. She believes in the saying “ It takes a village to raise a family” and that it takes all of us to help children grow in a safe and healthy family. Prior to her career at Embark Behavioral Health, Jennifer had experience in working in Pharmaceuticals and in the mental health field. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, exercising, reading non-fiction, and volunteering at dog adoption events.

Melissa Myers

Position: Enrollment Director
Melissa Myers has a Masters in Community Counseling with extensive experience working with teens and families. She comes from a military background working with military families with transitions and having lived in various parts out of the country. Melissa’s main area of experience is working with teens with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Her theoretical approaches includes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Prior to returning back to the DMV area, Melissa worked as a residential counselor in Memphis, TN specifically working with problematic sexual behaviors in teens. Her biggest loves in life are family, travel and good eats.

Hannah Watts

Position: Therapist
A native of northern Virginia, Hannah Watts returned to the area after receiving her Master of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Hannah is excited to work as a therapist at Embark Behavioral Health, and is eager to draw on her experiences and skills from years of working in primary care and inpatient behavioral health settings. She has a passion for working with adolescents and their families, and hopes to help them learn and grow alongside each other as the experts of their own experiences. Hannah explains that working with adolescents is especially rewarding because they are perceptive, resilient, and have a fun sense of humor. Her authentic style and use of humor has sharpened her ability to quickly develop rapport with patients and families. Outside of work, she enjoys playing video games with her friends, caring for her plants, and walking and training her five-year-old black pitbull mix, Nyla.

Shavonne Gray

Position: Therapist
Shavonne is a Texas native who received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of North Texas at Dallas. Shavonne has experience with working with teens and families and have provided her clinical skills to inpatient, PHP, and IOP programs in NOVA. Outside of work, Shavonne enjoys skating, hiking, dancing, and hanging out with friends. She is happy to serve the community in the DMV and connecting with teens in such a meaningful way.

Alexandra Ali Smith

Position: Case Manager
Alexandra “Ali” Smith, MSW holds a Clinical Master’s degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Ali has worked extensively with adolescents as part of a youth leadership conference where curriculum focused on Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking, Diversity and Communication Skills and other future readiness skills. Ali is passionate about helping others and has held a variety of volunteer positions which include working in the child life department at a children’s hospital, a Guardian ad Litem working with children in the foster care system and as a reading partner with Reading Connection in Washington, DC. Before becoming a social worker, Ali worked for a non-profit focusing on bringing like-minded entrepreneurs together for experience sharing from all over the world. During grad school, she worked with families experiencing poverty empowering them to achieve their financial, career and education goals. She also worked in a school setting. Ali is an avid traveler and loves learning about different cultures. When she is not working, Ali is happiest when outside hiking, playing soccer and being near the water. She loves learning and growing and has recently taken up (indoor) rock climbing and learning to play the piano. She is excited to be a part of the Embark at Tysons Corner family working as both Case Manager and Therapist.
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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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Vienna Outpatient Program FAQ

Outpatient therapy at our Vienna program involves treatment using therapeutic techniques such as DBT and TF-CBT, which can be provided to your child in their neighborhood while they maintain their daily schedule. For adolescents and teens who have moderate mental health symptoms and a daily routine that’s not negatively impacting their mental health, outpatient therapy may be a good option.    

There are many benefits to outpatient treatment at our Vienna clinic. Our program allows adolescents and teens to maintain work and school schedules and receive support from friends and family while receiving counseling — and at a more affordable cost on average than most inpatient treatment options.    

The goal of outpatient therapy at our program is to help adolescents and teens overcome difficult behavioral health and substance use issues like anxiety and depression through a series of visits to one of our Vienna therapists for weekly individual counseling sessions or an intensive outpatient program.

Outpatient visits to our clinic can involve weekly individual counseling sessions with one of our Vienna therapists. We also offer group therapy through our intensive outpatient program. During these treatment options, our therapists will use therapeutic techniques such as DBT and TF-CBT that will help your adolescent or teen overcome mental health challenges.  

The main difference between inpatient hospitalization and outpatient treatment is the treatment setting. Our outpatient services, which include an IOP, provide a good option for adolescents and teens whose needs can be met by visiting a therapist in their local Vienna, Virginia, 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 use issues.   

The length of outpatient treatment depends on each youth's particular needs and whether your adolescent or teen is attending weekly individual therapy sessions or participating in an intensive outpatient program in Vienna. On average, outpatient treatment at our clinic can last from three months to one year. If a deeper level of treatment is needed, adolescents and teens can step up a levelof care to an inpatient hospitalization treatment program.   

Vienna Outpatient Program Testimonials

"During our time at Embark my child grew stronger and more confident. They also grew closer to their family. Embark’s multi-faceted approach of combining group therapy with individual therapy and medical support helped them adapt to high school and cope with anxiety. I am proud of my thoughtful child and grateful that we found Embark."




"Embark is a very high quality treatment program for teens with a warm, nurturing, and supportive environment and staff. The treatment incorporates DBT skills and therapy, which was most helpful to my child. The enrollment process was easy, and we did not wait long for a placement in an IOP program for my child. My child was reluctant at first but then bonded with all the staff and other teens. The medication management definitely helped. The discharge was fluid, as my child transferred to a PHP program afterwards. My child's treatment was successful in that they experienced less suicidal ideation and depression at the end of the IOP. My child needed a long time in this IOP, but I am convinced that it saved their life! Thank you!"



"You are your child's most important advocate and cheerleader --if they are reluctant to go to a program this long, don't give up. You know your child best. Give your child time to settle into the program. Listen carefully for feedback and also observe your child for behavior improvement. Some changes are more subtle. But, overall, listen to your child and try to hear them when they tell you how they feel."



"Where to start! We experienced other programs and this is hands down the best. The support from the team is exceptional. The therapists all work together to help the child. They are available and open to speak to parents and keep them up to date. For us, they recognized when our daughter needed more help, gave us direction and welcomed her back when she was ready to step down back to IOP. Our daughter is still doing IOP as I wrote this, but has made tremendous improvement in her overall well-being. It is a very difficult time when a loved one goes through a mental health crisis. We tried a variety of places and none were as exemplary as Embark. Do not hesitate to enroll your child. The help, insight, and care they receive will put your child on the path to heal, grow, and mature."


Vienna Clinic Reviews

Kathleen DietrichKathleen Dietrich
16:27 01 Sep 22
Our experience at Embark (Tysons) was excellent from start to finish. The admission process, interactions with staff, from the front desk to the therapists was exceptional. Embark is organized and effective while remaining caring and providing superior care. Our daughter was matched with a therapist who connected with her and who also managed the family unit professionally and with ease. We were provided benchmarks for her progress and goals as parents to work on as well. I am very grateful to the care team at Embark Tysons.
Shireen JonathanShireen Jonathan
02:33 23 Aug 22
The decor and design of the place are very soothing and helpful to the clients but what was best was the therapist my child got. The therapist Shavonne Gray did a lot of very difficult work with both my child and the family, never giving up or giving in to sometimes conflicting dynamics in the family. The therapist went above and beyond to understand and hold space for my child. She curated difficult family sessions with skill and empathy. She also made intuitive and trained decisions in the best interests of my child and provided my child with coping mechanisms and life tools in a way that my child was able to understand and retain. I would highly recommend Embark Tysons Corner and this therapist to any client in difficult life circumstances.
Mark StoneMark Stone
20:57 03 Aug 22
Our family had a wonderful experience with Embark. Our son had fallen very low with anxiety, depression, ADHD and POTS. He went to a residential program for 12 weeks and next went to the Embark at Tyson's corner. It was the right choice. His therapist Donovan understand him and connected with him. The therapists were skilled and responsive. Our son made strong connections with the other kids in the program. The program includes frequent feedback which we found helpful. The parting ceremony was quite emotional with tears all around! The staff helped us connect with a new followup therapist. All in all we were quite happy with Embark and recommend it whole-heartedly.
djamil fertikhdjamil fertikh
15:08 03 Aug 22
Loved this place. Very modern design and clean. Staff is very helpful and friendly. The therapists are very caring, responsive and professional. You will get results but u have to stick until the end of the program. Kids learn lots of skills that they can apply not only to help them with their mental health but also day to day life.Also plenty of parking across the street.
Mary CarboneMary Carbone
16:58 29 Jul 22
If your teen needs mental health support, you cannot go wrong with Embark Tysons Corner. The program uses DBT coping skills, which everyone can benefit from, parents and teens alike. Everyone, from staff to clients, are welcoming and supportive. It's amazing to see the transformation over so many weeks of treatment. It's also a data-driven program, which helps support what you will likely see at home. Working the program is hard work and a heavy commitment; however, it may literally be the life line you're seeking.Thank you, Embark Tysons, for such a wonderful experience.
Jennie DoranJennie Doran
23:04 14 Jul 22
We are so happy with the program at Embark. Our 14 year old has been in the 14 week IOP and just completed. the support and care from the staff has been amazing. We were so nervous and unsure at the start wondering if it was the right step to take. Our child has really seemed to grow more confident and comfortable with the help of the peer groups. We know that their continued mental well-being will be a journey but we feel so grateful that this program is one of the ways we could start.
Kaur DKaur D
19:29 11 Jul 22
The counselors and staff at Embark are extraordinary! We had tried multiple counselors and no one was able to make a bond with our daughter and we didn’t know where to turn. Embark got her in right away. Her Embark counselor was the only person she would opened up to and was able to gain her trust and form a bond! That is a true miracle! They genuinely care!
Leslie DavidsonLeslie Davidson
16:10 07 Jul 22
Embark came into our lives at a really dark moment. The team at embark, their expertise, programming and support helped my daughter and the whole family. The program helped her gain the confidence and tools that she needs to be successful emotionally, physically, academically and socially. Embark helped us as parents understand her strengths and how to support her. It has been over six months since our daughter graduated from embark. She still uses the strategies that she learned every day. She has developed into a confident successful kind human being. I cannot say enough good things about the program and the team. Embark-Tysons literally saved her life and taught her how to embrace joy and understand love of herself and others. Her contagious laugh and dancing footsteps brighten our world because she is happy.
Yvonne ParkerYvonne Parker
19:22 06 Jul 22
Thank you Hannah Watts and the entire Embark team for helping our child in their time of need. It has been amazing to see the transformation that has happened over the last couple of month. They are so much healthier and happier now.
17:41 30 Jun 22
My daughters were not a fit for the program, but the case manager provided some great resources to point us in the right direction. The staff is kind and friendly. Thanks for your help!!!
Kathleen PoliquinKathleen Poliquin
21:28 27 Jun 22
Excellent wrap around services for teens struggling with mental health issues. We have been extremely impressed with level of care not only for our son, but also the parental support. We have hope for the future! Highly highly recommend this program and in particular Melissa Myers who is an outstanding therapist who was able to make an immediate connection and impact with our son!
Chris TomsethChris Tomseth
21:41 25 Jun 22
We enrolled our 15yo son here in February. He was struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Monthly psychiatric treatment and medications had helped, but not enough.He was resistant to going to Embark due to the intensity and the time commitment. However, within a week we could tell that he was clearly receptive to it because he always went to every session on-time, whereas we could not say the same for school. Within 2 weeks he was making an extra effort to attend even on days when he didn't feel well physically or mentally.As parents, we were not present for his therapy with others, but could see the improvement in his attitude and outlook. Embark showed us with data, that it wasn't just what we felt, our son's depression levels were improving, and he was objectively reaching a better state of mind. For the family sessions, he opened up more to us. The medication management offered through their doctor gradually reduced the amount of drugs he was taking, while simultaneously improving his overall mental health. Throughout, the staff at Embark were professional, kind, encouraging, and accomodating.Our son graduated from the program in May. We were under no false impressions that he was "cured", but knew he was better equipped to deal with his challenges going forward. It is now 1 month later and he seems to be in as good a place as he has been since before we first became aware of his mental health challenges. I don't feel it's an exaggeration to say that the program at Embark may have helped save his life. If you have a child struggling with mental health issues, Embark is definitely worth considering.
Nina CadneyNina Cadney
12:29 26 May 22
Embark beyond exceeded my expectations! The staff is very professional and caring. My teen learned so many skills that will help navigate their adolescence and aid them in healthy behaviors as an adult. My teen highly benefited from the program and looked forward to attending daily. The support from Embark will aid in a positive trajectory for our teen and family.
Cece HalliseyCece Hallisey
17:56 11 Feb 22
Thank you to all the Embark staff for the support you've given our family. I see my child using the skills they learned and having the confidence to manage their anxiety and depression. Thanks to the family meetings I am more prepared to support them. The team has been warm, welcoming, and professional throughout my child's time there. I have nothing but great things to say and would strongly recommend the IOP program to any family looking to help their child. Special shout out to Hannah, Jamie, and Shavonne!
16:02 10 Feb 22
If you have a teen struggling with mental health issues, please consider Embark at Tysons. My child felt safe, heard, seen and understood during her Intensive Outpatient Program. Everyone who works here is professional, kind, and deeply cares about helping teenagers decrease their anxiety and depression. As parents, we were included and consulted at each stage, and the family therapy sessions were vital in supporting our child and our family. A special thank you to Melissa who was our child's individual therapist, and will continue with ongoing support after the IOP has ended. In addition, the space itself is beautiful and welcoming. We entered our child in this program after years of various therapies and medications, and we believe this program has finally helped our child see a way through her mental health struggles.
Patti ChronisterPatti Chronister
21:58 29 Nov 21
This program provided a safe, welcoming learning environment and I cannot say enough about everyone. Between the customer service at the front desk to the psychiatrist and amazing therapists (we love Hannah!) My daughter has grown and learned so much and I am forever grateful. The parent sessions were also helpful. All in all a great environment (the layout and snack offering top notch!) and I would recommend Embark for any child needing mental health support! Thank you all!
Tyanna WilliamsTyanna Williams
20:44 11 Nov 21
Embark has truly exceeded my expectations! I had the pleasure of attending their Open House event today at the Tyson’s Corner clinic location. I was invited to attend by their Executive Director, Sharon Dietsche. I have worked in the mental health field for many years so I am always looking forward to seeing and meeting other clinicians and professionals in the field. From the start the environment as well as the team was welcoming and really demonstrated how much they bring the hearts and their passion into work each day. While the day was short, I had the opportunity to tour the clinic and see the various therapeutic spaces and group spaces available to clients and their families. In addition, there was a panel discussion to give us insight on the Embark values and approaches to this very important work. I cannot commend this team enough for what I know they do each day. Their plans for expanding more clinics and finding ways to reach more families is simply refreshing. If you have not visited this or the other Embark locations, please do!
Angelica Clark BrownAngelica Clark Brown
20:43 11 Nov 21
I had a lovely experience participating in the Embark open house event this morning. As a therapist myself, I was very impressed by the Tysons Corner clinic and their welcoming environment. The clinic’s atmosphere is inviting and soothing. The staff are very friendly, caring, and dedicated to providing high qualities services. The Executive Director, Sharon, and her team are highly invested in each of their client’s healing and it shows in all they do!

Nearby Location

If our Vienna location is not close to your home, check out our outpatient program in Cabin John, Maryland! Located in the Washington, D.C., metro area approximately 10 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., 13 miles northwest of Arlington, Virginia, and 5 miles southwest of Bethesda, Maryland, the clinic offers outpatient behavioral health services and support for adolescents, teens, and young adults struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues. 

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

Family enjoys time together after talking about mental health treatment for anxiety and depression at Embark Behavioral Health.

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

From a virtual IOP to short-term residential treatment programs, our robust 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.    


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Phone:  571-668-6850

Embark Behavioral Health

1934 Old Gallows Road,

Suite 210, Vienna, VA 22182


  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday: Closed 
  • Sunday: Closed 

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Areas Our Vienna Therapists Serve  

Our therapists serve a variety of locations throughout the Vienna area, including:

  • Vienna
  • Burke
  • Lorton
  • McLean
  • Oakton
  • Reston
  • Tysons
  • Clifton
  • Fairfax
  • Arlington
  • Chantilly
  • Franconia
  • Wolf Trap
  • Alexandria
  • Merrifield
  • Centerville
  • Springfield
  • Falls Church

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.