Welcome to The Village Wellness Center


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. 

About Us

Georgianna Achilles, PhD

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, child abuse, parenting stress, child behavior problems.

In network insurance plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield / Anthem; Cigna

Bennett Crawford, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Independent Practitioner, The Village Wellness Center 

Bennett Crawford is a licensed social worker with experience providing therapy across a range of presenting concerns. Concurrent to his private practice, he works for the Fairfax County Community Services Board as a mental health and substance abuse counselor.

Bennett is devoted to teaching mindfulness and has been practicing for over 15 years. He has received training in facilitation and coaching, and has studied many eastern and western philosophies and practices in the field of change and transformation. He has led seminars and workshops over the years and is inspired to share with others the gifts of deeper trust, wisdom and compassion through the practice of mindfulness and mindful mutuality and how this can make such a difference in the world.

In network insurance plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield / Anthem (Cigna pending)

Paul Henry, MS

Licensed Professional Counselor

Independent Practitioner, The Village Wellness Center 

Paul Henry has over 20 years experience in the mental health field, having worked extensively with youth, adolescents and adults in a variety of school systems.  He employs a strengths-based, client-centered approach to address individualized needs.  He brings empathy to the clinical relationship with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of therapy.  Techniques include cognitive-behavioral and relaxation strategies.  In addition to his LPC, Mr. Henry also has national certifications as a Career Counselor and a Master’s of Science degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University-Maryland, which lends a pastoral approach if requested.

Mr. Henry also addresses executive functioning skills (EF; i.e. time management, task initiation, planning ahead, organizing, attention/focus, self regulation) - the building blocks of academic, professional and life-management success! 

Areas of clinical focus: ADHD; substance abuse; emotional dysregulation; anxiety; behavior problems; stress management; career development.  

In network insurance plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield / Anthem; Cigna

Beth Spring, MS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Independent Practitioner, The Village Wellness Center

Beth Spring facilitates mindfulness workshops at The Village Wellness Center, drawing from her credentialing in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and other evidence-based mindfulness programs. She is also a facilitator of the Meditation Community of Herndon/Reston meditation group.   She has an active private practice in Herndon, VA where she works with individuals, couples and families, supporting them in their journeys through difficult times and self-discovery. Please visit her website for further information and to take in her inspired writings: www.bethspringtherapy.com.

Unaffiliated Practitioners

Take notice of additional fantastic, yet unaffiliated practitioners at Village Wellness!

John Walker, LMFT 

Psychotherapist specializing treating children, teens, families and couples. He is also the director of Family Connections, a program in Loudoun County, Virginia for difficult teens and their families. 

Contact John at 302-354-1078.

Anu Kaur, MS, RDN, RYT

Anu is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Wellness Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher. Anu counsels & coaches individuals for optimal nutrition and wellness while integrating a mind-body-spirit approach. For more information visit anuhealthyyou.com.

Contact Anu at 703-880-5469


A Mindful Journey: Coping with Chronic Conditions

Facilitator: Beth Spring, LMFT

Fridays 11:30 - 1pm beginning April 21, 2017 (8 weeks)
At The Village Wellness Center  

Many suffer with chronic medical or mental health conditions that increase daily life stress considerably. In this group series you’ll learn to apply mindfulness techniques from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to help cope with chronic conditions, decrease stress and return an awareness of the joys of living.

One-time Registration Fee: $400

A Mindful Journey: Mindfulness for Parents

​Facilitator: Karyn Sandelman, Certified Mindfulness Instructor

Time: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm beginning May 9, 2017 (6 weeks)
At The Village Wellness Center

Join facilitator Karyn Sandelman in exploring essential components of mindfulness and its positive, transformative potential. Scientifically validated techniques that reduce stress and reactivity while increasing positive connection and wellbeing will be taught. Recognizing the specific challenges of parenting in a busy world, applications of mindfulness for parents is a special focus of this group. 

Karyn Sandelman provides mindfulness workshops at The Village Wellness Center. She is Lead Teacher and Principal of A Mindful Choice, LLC, which offers secular mindfulness programs to diverse groups.  She is also Director of Elementary and Adult Programs for Minds, Inc., a non-profit bringing mindfulness to youth and adults in the D.C. metro region.  Karyn is a Qualified MBSR Teacher, trained by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor.  She previously held senior corporate leadership positions and has extensive coaching and facilitation experience.  She has been practicing and studying mindfulness for 20 years. See her website at www.amindfulchoice.com.    

One-time Registration Fee: $250 

A Mindful Journey: Mindfulness for Teens

Facilitator: Bennett Crawford, LCSW

Time: Thursdays 7-8:30pm (starting dates coming soon!) (6 weeks)

At The Village Wellness Center

Teens will learn mindfulness applications for reducing stress, improving focus, managing difficult emotions, and improving communication skills. Registration ongoing. 

One-time Registration Fee: $300 (out of network); insurance plans Cigna/Athem/BCBS.

How to Register for a Group

Please email contact@thevillagewellnesscenter.org or call 703-464-7017 for more information about registering for groups at VWC. 

Drop-in Meditation Groups

Meditation Community of Herndon/Reston

The Village Wellness Center hosts the Meditation Community of Herndon/Reston, a mindful meditation group on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5pm. Each week one of our facilitators (professionally trained in mindfulness and meditation) lead the group in a formal meditation practice and lead discussions on the fundamental principles of mindfulness. Mindfulness teaches us how to use present-moment awareness to understand how our habits in thinking and reacting can negatively affect our emotional and social well-being. Mindfulness and meditation can help reduce stress and improve relationships, so join us! 

See our Meetup calendar for scheduling details and exceptions. There is no need to register (donations appreciated but not necessary, $15 suggested donation per event).

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The Village Wellness Center

714 Pine St., Herndon VA 20170, US

(703) 464-7017


Practitioner schedules vary. Hours are by appointment only.