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.
Bethany Hannah / Administrative Assistant
Growing up in a small town in Canada, Bethany had dreams of making a bigger splash in the world. So, at 18 years old, armed with only a few suitcases and a guitar, Bethany hopped on a train to head for the big city of Chicago to work with teens.
Since then she has worked with teens and young adults in various capacities, and is currently a volunteer speaker in the juvenile system.
She has over 19 years of professional experience contributing to and leading teams toward success. She is excited to be part of V. Matheus Therapeutic & Educational Consulting where her two passions of helping teens, and supporting a team can merge into one greater purpose.
A proud Disney enthusiast, she believes that any problem can be tackled with a little faith, trust, and pixie dust. In her spare time, she can be found playing with her two adventurous boys, exploring her new found interest in making art, and spending time in nature.
Collaborating Team Members
Hanna Gavagan / Professional Mentor for Teens & Young Adults
Growing up can be hard. As a mentor, I work with teens and young adults across the Bay Area to support them through positive and transformative relationships. My goal is to provide a connection in which the mentee feels seen valued and heard. Through building these strong relationships, we can set goals and work (and play!) to accomplish them.
As a mentor, I help young people find meaningful and productive ways to spend their time. That looks different for each person. Finding healthy hobbies, employment, and volunteer opportunities are some of the ways I help young people build and embrace the life they want to live.
I strive to live and model a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy creating and experiencing art of all genres, adventuring outside, staying active, reading, writing, practicing Qi Gong, and hanging out with my dog, Honey.
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.