Mindfulness, Meditation, Mind/Body Wellness
Mental health services for self-awareness and personal growth
Offering support through community educational and therapy groups.
Independent practitioners at The Village Wellness Center promote well-being by providing services and resources in mental health and wellness.
A mindfulness-based philosophy is used to emphasize present-moment awareness as a pathway to recognizing and dismantling counterproductive habits in thoughts, emotional reactivity cycles, and lifestyle patterns. Through cultivating mindful awareness, we can unlock new approaches to life; reduce stress, interact with greater empathy and compassion, focus and solve problems more effectively, and experience life more fully with those we love.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Founder, The Village Wellness Center
Dr. Achilles works with adults, teens and children. She has worked in academic, non-profit and private practice settings with specialization in trauma treatment and mindfulness. Mindfulness utilizes present-moment awareness to better understand and address self-defeating patterns, improve mental focus and imbue daily life with acceptance and compassion. A strengths-based journey paves the way towards gathering insight, inviting healing, and overcoming areas of persistent difficulty.
Areas of clinical focus: depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma, parenting stress, child emotional and behavior problems.
In network insurance plans: Anthem/BCBS; Cigna
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Alison Behar (she/her) has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 2000. She sees clients from age 16 through the adult lifespan and has worked in non-profit, academic and private settings. She seeks to support clients to move forward from places of stuckness to wholeness by providing a safe, nurturing space that allows for trust with sensitivity to socio-cultural-political differences. Her goal is to provide you with tools and practices for mindfulness and self compassion that will help you to be both more present in your life and approach yourself with greater kindness, more hope and less adversity. Please see her website for more detailed information: https://abtherapywithcompassion.com/
Areas of focus: depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship changes, life transitions, women/gender/LGBTQ+ issues. Therapy for individuals, families and walking therapy on trails behind the office.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kathy Hart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works primarily with school age children, adolescents and young adults experiencing a wide range of issues. Her twenty years of experience have ranged from addressing the mental health needs of youth in therapeutic foster care to outpatient clinics and private practice settings. Kathy’s flexible, empathetic and goal-oriented approach applies treatment modalities appropriate to the client’s developmental and clinical needs, including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, play and family systems techniques. She values collaboration with the child’s family and support system, which facilitates progress at home and in the community and promotes lasting benefits.
Areas of clinical focus: Anxiety and phobias, OCD, emotional dysregulation, ADHD and executive function skills, self-esteem and adjustment issues.
Meditation can be helpful for stress reduction, managing difficult emotions, and chronic mental health or medical issues.
The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center offers mindfulness-based education and meditation instruction. Free basic meditations, health/wellness and sound meditations are available, as well as weekly podcasts. Offerings are also available via the app 'UCLA Mindful'.