Vania Matheus / Founder & CEO
Vania Matheus, MA, MS is founder of V. Matheus – Therapeutic & Educational Consulting . In her ten year practice as a consultant, Vania has helped hundreds of families allocate appropriate treatment options for teens and young adults struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. Vania is an expert in researching, designing and implementing interventions. Her knowledge of therapeutic programs and resources is extensive.
Her expertise with teens, young adults, and their families comes from experience working in a variety of therapeutic settings, including: Clinical Therapist for the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program and Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization Program at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center; Child and Adolescent Clinical Social Worker at St. Helena Hospital; and Family Therapist at Caritas Counseling. Vania holds an M.A. in School Counseling from La Sierra University and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. Having developed a resiliency and strength-based approach to transitioning students home, post-treatment, Vania holds expertise and experience in helping families navigate the challenges young people and their families face when a young person returns home after treatment.
Most recently, Vania was honored by one of her alma maters’ – La Sierra University, with the ‘Rising Star Award’, acknowledging her contributions to the difficult challenges involved in evaluating teens, young adults and their families and developing plans to address developmental, emotional and scholastic growth. Vania’s warm, creative and mindful approach is informed by her regular training and participation in Improvisational Theatre and studying, practicing and teaching Vinyasa Yoga and mindfulness concepts.
Micah Wood / Administrative Assistant
Originally from the Midwest, Micah spent many years in New York City where he attended the City College of New York, earning a degree in political science. He worked in the non-profit legal and philanthropic sectors, before deciding to travel and become a digital nomad.
Micah has a passion for healthy communities, environmentalism, natural building, community based organizations and policy-focused rhetoric. He has more than 8 years of experience in adminstrative and project management. He is excited to be part of V. Matheus Therapeutic & Educational Consulting where he can use his skills to help support families on their path to healing and success.
Collaborating Team Members
Megan has worked with youth for nearly 10 years in a variety of dynamic environments including full immersion experiences in wilderness therapy, and post intervention continual care settings. She has a strong enthusiasm and drive to help guide transitional aged youth to discover their strengths and handle their weaknesses with grace. Megan specializes in developing socio-emotional skills while interweaving the power of the outdoors for healing and resourcing.
After graduating the University of Colorado at Boulder, Megan spent four years mentoring and guiding with Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. She then moved up to north Idaho to continue her career working with teens and young adults to help them find their way. This work included residential pre and post intervention care while integrating the outdoors in applicable ways for students, and instilling basic life skills to prep participants for their next steps.
Megan recently moved to California to put down roots, pursue a master’s degree, and to surf in the sunshine.
Ted has extensive experience coaching and teaching youth of all ages. His most formative experience was a year spent as a field guide at a Utah wilderness therapy program for at-risk teens. He also spent four summers as Theater Program Director and cabin counselor at one of the longest-running YMCA camps in the U.S and spent additional years as a teaching artist in the Philadelphia area. Most recently, he served as an assistant general manager at one of the Bay Area’s busiest restaurants. He is now pursuing a Masters in Counseling Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley. Ted is a composer, recording artist, and experimental playwright as well as a history, musicology, and Lego enthusiast. He relishes living in The Bay Area where he can explore the cities’ rich cultural events as well as the beautiful nature surrounding them. Ted’s approach is largely strengths-based, making plenty of room for his clients to explore creative ways to connect with their authentic, unique selves. The fundamental power of self-discovery is given equal weight with goal-setting as Ted tailors his clients’ sessions to suit their singular needs. It is a relational, collaborative art kept safe by attentive, compassionate camaraderie.
Conor Powell / Professional Mentor for Teens & Young Adults
With over 10 years of experience working with youth, Conor has a natural ability with young people and his diverse experience helps him to easily relate to his clients as their Mentor. Before moving to the Bay Area, Conor was the Field Director of Outback Therapeutic Expeditions.
His 5 years in the west desert of Utah were spent living with, mentoring, and challenging youth to live up to their potential. Conor has always been passionate about helping people understand that they have the power to improve their lives.
After graduating from Gordon College with a BA in International Affairs and Spanish, Conor moved to Guatemala where he trained rural, indigenous women to run their own businesses. During his years there, Conor also helped start an urban empowerment program for at-risk youth, managed a lending library and after school program, and became Country Director for a fast-growing, international non-profit organization.
Among other powerful experiences and travels, Conor has also lived abroad in China as a program manager for an educational consultant firm, taught people with disabilities how to ski in Colorado and has supported Native American communities in South Dakota.