Therapeutic Navigators: 


Sarah E. Bollinger

There is one quote from Rev. Howard Thurman that helps to summarize my approach as a therapist: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. 

Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”. Empowering others to engage and transform the world through their unique strengths and gifts is key to my work. My hope is that our work together can reignite those things that bring you the most joy and life. Often this process involves working through the impact of loss, pain, and various forms of oppression in a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. I would love to accompany you on this journey.

My professional background is key to understanding the basis of my work. Before beginning my doctoral training, I worked as a therapist at St. Francis of Assisi Counseling Center in New York City, focusing on issues related to spirituality and women’s empowerment. During my time in New York, I also had the privilege of working in hospice care and in cancer centers, assisting individuals and families with the process of illness, grief, and loss. These experiences helped me to understand the beauty and fragility of human life, and the importance of love and connection as central to the human experience. I hold a Doctorate in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri and have over 10 years of mental health experience.

I currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee with my amazing partner and adorable dog, Pearl. I am also a musician and spend much of my time writing, singing, and playing piano. I am currently working on my second album, which is an exciting, creative adventure that makes me come alive! I love incorporating art and creative expression into my work as part of the journey toward holistic healing. 

Timothy E. Mathia 

Tim has a passion for pursuing personal health, whole-life wellness and being a catalyst for other people seeking the same.

Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  In addition to his educational pursuits, he has over 21 years of mental health experience and is currently licensed as a Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia.

Professionally, Tim works for Horizon Behavioral Health as the Program Manager for Emergency Services for children and adolescents.  Tim has experience in providing outpatient therapy, Intensive In-Home therapy, and was a member of the Mobile Crisis Team for Horizon.  Tim uses the family systems therapy model as the foundation of his counseling, and his specialties include: assessment and evaluation of mental health needs, trauma-focused care, issues related to anger and anxiety, physical and sexual abuse treatment, addictions counseling, mindfulness, substance abuse counseling, vocational wellness, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapies, anger, anxiety, depression and grief and loss counseling.

While Tim is passionate about his personal faith, he values the opportunity to help others express their own spirituality without judgment or imposing his faith onto others.  He enjoys exercise, reading, hiking, and spending time with Sara, his lovely wife.  Tim very much enjoys helping others lead a more balanced life and become healthier in their relationships.


Karen Leadem

Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.

Professionally, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2002. Over a span of 35 years, I have been providing counseling in a variety of settings including Addictions, Career Transition, Depression, Women’s Issues, Education, Children, Adolescents, Families and Couples. I have been known to be an advocate for the “underdog” over the years to support those without a voice. I spent 15 years in the education field as a School Counselor and Special Education Teacher. My reputation as an “out of the box thinker and risk taker” has proven to be some of my greatest success stories and adventures. My approach to counseling is eclectic; however, my pendulum sways towards Reality Based and Attachment strategies to engage a client.

On a more personal note, I grew up in the military and several members of my family continue the “Patriot Legend”. I have a heart for military families as they represent a mini subculture in our society with unique needs and world perspectives. I am blessed to say that I have been married to my best friend for 36 years. We have three grown children, three grandchildren and two dogs. Speaking of dogs, I trained my golden retriever to be a therapy dog some years back, God rest her soul. Yes, I do believe, all dogs go to heaven!

During my free time, I enjoy Yoga for fitness, walking, reading, floating in the pool on a warm day, hiking with my grandchildren, learning to speak Spanish and “second hand shopping”. Did I mention COFFEE? I love having coffee and most importantly the fellowship that goes along with it.

If I had to say what my passion is that wakes me up every morning, it is the opportunity to serve others, help them discover their passion in life and to find peace in their soul. I look forward to the opportunity to come alongside you in your unique journey.


Julie Lawrenson

Julie Lawrenson, MA

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. My husband and I were married 28 years ago and we have two grown daughters.

Working in the helping profession in some capacity for over 15 years has been a blessing to say the least. Some of the professional opportunities I have had include serving as a career counselor, assisting clients through life transitions, professional development, career assessment and selection.  I have much experience as a group and individual counselor in a variety of settings assisting those struggling with matters concerning life transitions, domestic violence, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, stress management, PTSD and a number of different personality disorders.  These experiences have been an amazing blessing as they have helped mold me into the person that I am today.  I hope to use this understanding with you if given the privilege to come along side you in your unique journey.

I am currently pursuing licensure as a Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I also currently work as an adjunct professor teaching courses in various aspects of counseling and life coaching.

I have always been the type of person who is not afraid to move forward and make things happen. I would love the opportunity to assist you as you make decisions, grow, connect with your calling and step towards wholeness.


Exercise Navigators: 

Heather Callahan – Yoga

I’m the kind of person who likes to do things that I’ve never done before – I like the challenge and the adventure behind it. From my very first yoga class, I knew I wanted to teach it, so I went to college and majored in Exercise Science, started teaching Group Exercise and Yoga at a local university, became an ACSM certified Health Fitness Specialist and ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and absorbed as much knowledge and expertise as I could muster. My love and passion for it went beyond the physical and mental benefits I experienced myself – I had to share it with others. I have a desire and aspiration to help people feel the benefits of yoga working in their lives. Yoga can make the body stronger; supple and balanced. It can also de-stress the body and mind, allowing for anxiety and apprehension to dissipate. I wish to give each person the tools to create a healthy lifestyle through yoga on their journey and pursuit of life change.

Even though I do yoga regularly, it’s not the only thing I love! I find other ways to enjoy life, such as rock climbing, writing, cycling, traveling and cooking. I also felt inspired to become Scuba Diving certified last winter (final test in a 42 degree lake, ouch).These are ways I can really express myself or the places I will go when I need a break from life. I enjoy things that challenge me mentally and physically –that I can’t ever 100% know or understand. I may be a teacher, but I’m first and foremost a student – of life; of love; of adventure. Thank you for including me on your journey!

Christine Euhus – Yoga

Christine found yoga in 1997 as a busy wife and mother of four. She was surprised by the sense of calm and peace she found within herself during that first class and found herself going back to see if she could learn to bring that meditative movement into the rest of her life. She has been practicing yoga ever since and became an instructor in 2008.

Christine believes in encouraging transformation through acceptance, in treating everyone, especially ourselves, with grace and respect. Christine brings this openness into her teaching by meeting her students where they are and adapting to their needs. Her students gain body and mind awareness, increase physical strength and flexibility, and learn to calm the mind and heart through meditative movement with their breath.

Christine is certified in the 200+ hour yoga teacher training with YogaFit, a nationally recognized yoga training style focused on safety, accessibility, and “yoga for everybody”. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance, the national organization which sets standards for yoga teachers. Christine is skilled in anatomical alignment and has received specialized training to teach yoga for back safety, expectant mothers, and seniors.

When off her mat, Christine enjoys home and garden projects with her fantastic husband of 32 years, biking with their sweet dog, Charlee, and connecting with their beautiful adult children.

Theo Coates – Cardio Funk

Theo Coates is a group fitness instructor at a couple of local YMCA’s in the state of Virginia.  He has over 13 years of dance experience and training. In addition to dance and fitness, Theo also exhibits his talents by working with the youth in his community. He is a before and after School/Camp Counselor where he teaches workshops on healthy living to children with behavioral issues.

In his spare time, Theo enjoys acting, singing, and writing poetry. He also enjoys playing basketball, card games, and tennis.  His goal in life is to inspire others to be the greatest they can be.


Tyler Davies- Exercise Physiology 

My passion for health and fitness started off at a very young age. I loved playing baseball, basketball, football, and as I entered high school, lifting weights and physical training became something that I absolutely loved to do. This interest in physical training is what led me to ear my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at a university in Virginia.

I love learning about the human body and the amazing things that it is capable of. This fascination leads me to constantly read about new training ideas and techniques which serve as the basis for my own training and the training of my personal clients. I strive to always be learning and growing in the field of health and fitness so that I can serve you in the best way possible.

Seeing people push past their limits and reach their goals is something that I find extremely exciting and fulfilling. I believe if you are willing to put in the time and effort to go the extra mile, you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible. This is the mindset that I train with and the mindset that I encourage all of my clients to train with as well. Above all, I think life and all of its amazing opportunities are gifts, and should be cherished and maximized each and every day.


Wellness Navigator:

Amy Jones

Amy is the wife of a military pilot and the mother of two, with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from her local state university.   She has spent the last five years helping individuals in Colorado, Texas, Illinois, and Germany achieve lasting change through her area of expertise.  Whether pursuing personal, professional, spiritual, or physical change, men and women alike have sought Amy’s advice and mentorship to attain positive change.

As an expert in adaptive food preparation, a fitness enthusiast, and a believer in whole person wellness, Amy is prepared to walk beside you in your pursuit of sustainable and long-term change.  She will work hard to support and guide you in your pursuits and help you develop attainable goals that can improve your life in several areas.


Spiritual Navigators:

Joshua “Bubba” Wade

Joshua “Bubba” Wade is one of the newest members of the Change Group and very excited to serve in his new capacity as a Spiritual Navigator. Having been born and raised in Danville, Virginia, he currently resides in Central Virginia. Bubba finished his undergraduate work in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at local university in 2009 and is now currently working on his Masters of Divinity in Professional Ministries.  He plans to pursue a Doctorate of Ministry once he has completed his Masters of Divinity course study. Bubba has been serving in ministry capacity since 2009.

Not only is Bubba involved in ministry, but he began an unconventional journey a little over two years ago that has resulted in him being able to lose more than 275 pounds. His route would be considered by many to be the “road less travelled” and he has a commitment not only to better health, but to helping others achieve their own wellness or spiritual goals. Bubba attributes the success of his radical change to the holistic approach that was taken; strengthening his spiritual discipline, engaging in physical exercise, committing strictly to a wellness plan, overcoming psychological barriers, and dedicating himself to seeking education on all the previous areas. It was this holistic approach that first drew him to The Change Group and the principles that it holds.

In his spare time, Bubba loves reading (both fiction and non-fiction), exploring historical places (like Monticello and Appomattox Court House), spending time with family and friends, and traveling. He is looking forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your goals.

Joshua Conover

As a twenty-three year old man, allow me to share with you a taste of my life thus far. Pennsylvania has been my home since birth, and currently is where my wife (since June, 7, 2014) and I live and serve at Camp Calvary. I am a big college basketball fan (Go Duke), and I could eat salt and vinegar chips until my dying day. I have a heart for the next generation which makes working at a camp such a blessing!   A small northern Wisconsin university was my home away from home for four years during my undergraduate degree. There I received so much more than a bachelor degree in Organizational Communications and Biblical Studies. College for me was where I was poured into by sacrificial professors and coaches. Sports has been a big part of my life ever since I was young, and God has always placed coaches in my life, including my own father, who would challenge me to be a man of God. It was through sports that I learned self-control, humility, love, and service. My college basketball coach taught me that my life is not about Josh Conover. My life is about those things which last forever: God, the Word of God, and the souls of people. On my own, I am nothing. I am weak, helpless, and unworthy. But Jesus Christ gives me hope, strength, and a reason to give this life my all!

I am excited to be a part of The Change Group and I am looking forward to connecting with you! Life is full of ups and downs, excitement and heartache, joy and sorrow. That will not change for you or for me, but I am thrilled to guide you to the One who never changes through the storms of life.  Spiritual Discipline takes hard work, but wow, is it ever important! A very dear friend and mentor of mine said this, “Your view of God is the most important thing about you.”

Timothy E. Mathia

Tim Mathia has a passion for pursuing personal spiritual health, and being a catalyst for other people seeking the same.

In terms of educational growth, Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor of religious studies.  He also earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  In addition to his educational pursuits, he has over 21 years of mental health experience, and over 16 years of ministry experience.  Tim served as a pastor for six and a half years where he used his gifts to preach, teach, and provide pastoral care and spiritual counseling.  Tim was active in the Conflict Resolution Network in the State of Virginia, and helped church congregations deal with conflict and division.  He currently serves on his local church’s Lifeline Care Giving ministry where he assists individuals, couples and families with unhealthy hang-ups, habits and addictions, and move toward personal and spiritual health.

Professionally, Tim works as a Program Manager in the Emergency Services department for children and adolescents.  He holds a current License of Professional Counseling in the State of Virginia.  Tim has experience in outpatient therapy, Intensive In-Home therapy, and was a member of a Mobile Crisis Team.  Tim uses the family systems therapy model as the foundation of his counseling and ministry, and his specialties include trauma focused care, physical and sexual abuse treatment, addictions counseling, mindfulness, career counseling, substance abuse counseling, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapies, and grief and loss counseling.  In his spiritual and personal pursuits, Tim works toward helping people develop into the individual they were designed to be, while remaining connected to deep, enriching relationships.

While Tim is passionate about his personal faith, he values the opportunity to help others express their own spirituality without judgment or imposing his faith onto others.  He enjoys exercise, reading, hiking, and spending time with Sara, his lovely wife.  Tim very much enjoys helping others lead a more balanced life and become healthier in their relationships.


Mindfulness Navigators:

Anthony Carrone

Anthony Carrone, graduated from a local North Carolina university with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. During his studies, Anthony completed research on the presence of tattoos and participation in risk taking behaviors in college students, and the effects of a brief mindfulness intervention on college students perceived stress, mood, and thinking. Anthony was the director of the Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga club, and has practiced mindfulness for the past 3 years. He speaks of the enormous benefits this practice has had on his own physical and psychological well-being and is excited for the opportunity to help others understand the peace and serenity that can come through practicing mindfulness.

Anthony enjoys participating in almost any recreational sport in his free time, especially baseball! Camping and hiking are also some of his favorite weekend activities. He has a 6 year old Jack Russell/Dachshund named Susie Q, who joins him on every trip!

Zac Sotomayor

I have my Bachelor’s degree in Religion from a local university here in Virginia, and am currently working on my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My main goal is to earn my license to counsel in the state of Virginia. Mindfulness is a practice that has helped me in a number of ways: bringing a respite to anxiety, quelling some bouts of depression I’d wrestled with, helping me to live in the present and seeing each day, each hour, and each moment as a unique and beautiful gift not to be squandered. Living in a fast paced, distraction driven society, mindfulness has posed some unique challenges for me. From learning to just sit and “be” to facing parts of me I had not previously known were there. It can be scary at times but has been well worth the journey! Fortunately, with The Change Group you will also be meeting with a highly qualified counselor with whom you can process your mindfulness experiences should you wish to explore more of what you find in your practice.

A bit more about me on a personal level: I really enjoy hiking, camping, being outdoors, and staying active. I love to cook! A passion rooted in my love of eating, I suppose. I have some dietary restrictions that are easier to monitor when I cook for myself so it works out. I enjoy reading anything from academic texts to the classics. I was fortunate enough to grow up an Air Force brat and having to move every few years. It was challenging at times but allowed me to see and experience much of the world, which is something I’ve grown to be very grateful for.

I truly look forward to getting to know you a bit more and walking alongside you as you either begin or continue your practice in mindfulness. If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to ask!