Fall 2020: Potomac Programs Transitions to Embark Behavioral Health

Is Your Child Struggling with Mental Health, Trauma or Substance Use / Abuse Issues?

Embark at Main Line Offers Outpatient Care and Support for Children Ages 13-27.

Due to COVID-19, We Are Now Offering Our Intensive Outpatient Program via Video Chat.

Embark at Main Line

Embark at Main Line — located in Berwyn, PA, is a location that offers outpatient behavioral health, services and support for teens and young adults, ages 14-24, who are struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues.

Our youth are at risk of anxiety, depression and suicide, more today than ever before in the United States. There are many teens and young adults across the U.S. dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression and/or worthlessness, as well as intense social pressure, loneliness, shame and trauma. It doesn’t have to be this way. You and your family can be helped at Embark at Main Line.

Our outpatient program gives families help within their own community and includes individual, group and family therapy, as well as parent coaching, and peer and therapeutic mentoring as needed. We provide nurturing and safety to help families address and heal the following mental health issues that may be impacting their everyday lives:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood Regulation
  • Family Conflict
  • Bullying
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Treatment Provided at Embark

When a more intensive program than basic outpatient therapy is needed, or if your child is in need of a ‘step-down’ program once they have completed an inpatient hospital or residential program, our clinic is here to help. We provide two in-clinic treatment options; a partial hospitalization program (PHP), sometimes referred to as a “day treatment program,” meeting a minimum of 20 hours a week, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which meets for a minimum of 9 hours a week. These programs offer your child the opportunity to live at home during treatment where they continue to be involved with your family and in the community, allowing for the “real life” practice of the skills they learn while attending our program three to four days each week.

Embark at Atlanta North also offers a Virtual IOP TeleHealth Program, designed to truly be adaptive in supporting our clients while removing any access to care barriers and providing additional flexibility to help us meet our clients’ unique needs.

The program connects you to our state-of-the-art clinic directly through our secure HIPAA-compliant video platform. This is a convenient and accessible way to receive our high-quality care when attending in person is not an option. Our Virtual IOP TeleHealth Program can provide more frequent sessions to help meet the needs of your child, with options of attending 4-6 days a week.

Embark at  Atlanta North utilizes several different modes of treatment including the following:

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Recent trends show that many of our youth experience issues such as bullying and distortion of values associated with personal, social, sexual and physical boundaries.  In addition, youth are being faced with a variety of challenges such as sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, substance use/abuse and isolation which can result in exploitation.

Our treatment team provides trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. Along with support for the child, TF-CBT provides family-focused treatment that involves the parents and other supportive caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. In addition, TF-CBT effectively addresses many of the consequences of trauma, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and cognitive and behavioral problems. It improves the caregiver’s personal distress about the child’s traumatic experience while enhancing effective parenting skills and supporting interactions with the child.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

We use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to identify and change negative thinking patterns and unhealthy behaviors that affect quality of life, teaching teens and young adults new skills to effectively cope with stress, monitor and regulate emotions, decrease conflict, improve relationships with others, focus on the present and live in the moment. We then help them practice these skills so they can apply what they have learned at home, at school, at work, and in the community, and achieve their goals, improve their well-being, and effect lasting positive change.

SMART Recovery

There are a variety of approaches to treating children struggling with addictions. Of all the options available, we are most impressed with SMART Recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This approach has been shown, through ongoing scientific research and continual clinical refinement, to be highly effective.

By combining a blend of cognitive behavior therapy, which helps change negative thought patterns to positive ones, emotional coping strategies and group and family support, SMART Recovery teaches children how to control their addictive behavior, by focusing on their underlying thoughts and feelings, and provides them with the skills they need to manage their cravings and urges for the long term. The SMART Recovery approach to behavioral change is built around the following 4-point program:

  1. Enhancing and maintaining motivation to abstain.
  2. Coping with urges.
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  4. Balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions.

Experiential Therapy

As its name indicates, experiential therapy involves far more than just talking.  Experiencing individual, family and group activity that involves several of the senses, through mediums such as art, music, food, creative games, group challenges and other mediums, can deepen change and access more methods to learn and retain changes. Combined with traditional “talk therapy,” Experiential Therapy is at the core of Embark's therapeutic approach. We find that the actual involvement with different types of experiences, including emotional processing, interactions with others, creativity and reflections on current events, can reach teens and young adults who did not benefit from indoor talk therapy. Experiential Therapy helps to speed up the therapeutic process and promotes change in a shorter period of time.

Why Choose Embark at Main Line?

  • Local

    Located in the greater Philadelphia area in Berwyn, PA —our healthy, warm environment provides the idyllic setting for structured, consistent therapeutic and recreational care and support.

  • Convenient

    Since schedules can be hectic, we provide both day and evening programming as a way to remove further barriers to treatment. Also, in order to truly be adaptive in supporting our clients and provide additional flexibility to help us meet our clients’ unique needs, we offer virtual teletherapy services as an alternative to our in-person sessions.

  • Experiential

    Therapy is much more than talking. When focused on an activity or task, rather than the therapy itself, people tend to be less guarded, providing more authentic reactions and emotions. We engage your child’s physical and emotional capacities with a variety of hands-on activities, experiences, creative arts, family and team challenges and mindfulness exercises that provide interactive opportunities for them to open up and share.

  • Family Systems Approach

    We believe that working with the entire family unit, both the child and family members, is essential to the healing process. This tailored approach allows the family to work together to help the child and relieve the strain on the family. Family members explore their individual roles within the family, learn how their individual actions affect each other and discover ways to support and help each other in order to restore family relationships and rebuild a healthy family system.

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Embark

1031 Old Cassatt RD
Suite 100
Berwyn, PA 19312

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Phone: (610) 697-9212