Vito Guarnaccia, Ph.D.
Dr. Vito, as he is called by the Auldern students, comes with many years of clinical experience in both schools and private practice. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical School Psychology from Hofstra University. He received his Master of Science in Clinical School Psychology from City University of New York. He is a Licensed Psychologist in both North Carolina and New York and holds several other certifications. He has worked with adolescents and families in private practice as well as served as a Consulting Psychologist with several schools for many years.
Dr. Vito recently relocated to Raleigh with his wife, Elizabeth who is a Clinical Social Worker. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two grown children, and his dog, Baxter. He is an avid tennis player, has taken numerous acting classes and is often seen working out in the gym. He is passionate about helping young people learn and grow.
Shannon Draper, M.A., LPC
Shannon is new to North Carolina having moved from Boston in early 2017. She has been working with children, adolescents and families for over fifteen years and received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in trauma in children and adolescents from Lesley University. She has a multitude of experience providing outpatient therapy, in home services and community outreach. Her most recent clinical position as lead clinician on the Trauma Recovery Team of an integrated behavioral health department enabled her to work with the Boston Public Health Commission to support survivors of trauma, crime and loss.
Although she has enjoyed all of her clinical positions, her true passion has always been in residential settings. She has worked as a family advocate with young mothers in a homeless teen living program and as a clinician with adjudicated young men in incarceration. Through these settings she has learned that the best clinical work can be done in the moment and appropriate healthy coping skills can begin to replace destructive thoughts and behaviors immediately. She has been trained in TF-CBT, ARC, DBT, play therapy, triple P and somatic/expressive therapy. The therapeutic approach that she finds most beneficial is a strength-based, person centered approach and believes that the language we use with each other and ourselves is a critical component to positive results. She is excited to join the Auldern team.
In her free time she has been enjoying taking day trips around North Carolina; loves the outdoors, staying active and spending time with her new husband.
Karen Storm, LPC
Karen received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1995 and has been practicing as a licensed therapist for over 17 years. She joined the Auldern team as Clinical Therapist in 2011, but has always had a passion for working with teenage girls and their families.
Prior to receiving her Master’s, Karen taught high school math at an alternative high school, worked as an assistant aquatic director at a YMCA and spent over 2 years as a group counselor at a wilderness program for adjudicated youth. Before Auldern, Karen worked as a licensed therapist in a variety of intense settings, including in a domestic violence agency and in a maximum security women’s prison. She also worked as part of a community mental health crisis team.
Karen believes that a trusting and therapeutic relationship can be healing in itself, and she excels at building strong, genuine and trusting therapeutic relationships with each girl she works with. She uses this connection to challenge and empower girls to work through their issues and encourages them to strive to be a better version of themselves each day. Karen uses a strength-based approach and a variety of psychological theories and therapeutic approaches, including Reality Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Karen’s interests are broad, and she especially enjoys helping teen girls tackle trauma, body image, disordered eating, attachment issues, behavioral issues and anxiety. She also has an assistant, Mr. Magoo, a 13-year-old beagle, who steps into the therapeutic role as needed. He usually helps with grounding techniques, anxiety reduction, mood stabilization, laughter therapy, and he does a great job teaching the girls how to relax and enjoy the moment.
Outside of work her interests include volunteering at the local animal shelter, her church and her son’s school. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, running, and reading. At home she spends time enjoying her three rescue hound dogs and caring for the neighborhood feral cats. Her favorite hobby is spending time with her son Luke and attending his various sporting events including baseball, soccer and basketball.
Shondell Hawkins, LSW,MSW,LCSW
Shondell Hawkins is a DBT-informed, mindfulness-based psychotherapist with 12+ years of interpersonal practice with a mental health concentration, including substantial experience working with adults, teens, and families through a variety of agencies. Shondell also has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has a passion for working with individuals who struggle with oppositional defiance, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders. Having received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Shondell uses an array of therapeutic modalities as she seeks to identify and help change students’ potentially self-destructive or unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. She has specialized training working with client’s who are victims of sexual abuse, have attachment issues, and who are working on developmental and social deficits that have effected their cognitive and social development.
At Auldern, she focuses on providing psychoeducation to young women so they can better learn to problem-solve and communicate. Shondell believes it is one of her primary responsibilities as a therapist to provide students and families with skills, education and resources in an empathetic and supportive manner, while helping them understand that thoughts and beliefs can influence moods and actions. Shondell supports young women in learning to focus on their current problems while working to resolve their interpersonal conflict affectively and appropriately. While learning and implementing these new skills, she believes they are also increasing their self-esteem, confidence and resiliency to manage their own mental health and personal life. Shondell affirms that young women can learn to practice loving themselves and learn to set healthy boundaries for themselves, their peers, and others.
In her free time, Shondell loves spending time with her daughter and friends, as well as volunteering at local animal shelters.
Pam Wiggins, LCAS, CCS
Mrs. Pam Wiggins is a licensed clinical addictions specialist and clinical supervisor with 28 years of experience working with young children, teens and families with substance abuse and mental health issues. She has been leading the sobriety counseling and sobriety program at Auldern for over 10 years and has a true dedication for the work she does with the students at Auldern. “My passion is doing battle with addiction. I like to challenge our students’ ideas about what addiction looks like, and where those ideas come from. My hope at the of our sobriety program, is that I’ve helped our students to understand addictions and compulsions, taught them what and who addiction affects and why and how do people recover and heal. I want to be able to help them realize an ‘aha’ moment that will serve as tinder to ignite their passion to battle drug/usage and addiction, and live a healthy and productive life.”
Rebecca Mattingly, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Rebecca (Beka) Mattingly is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor – Intern. With over 6 years of post-graduate experience in diverse settings.
Beka has worked in community mental health conducting assessments and providing individual, group and family counseling. She has several years’ experience working as a volunteer with her church in the area of counseling. During her time as a counselor she has worked with families, children, adults, and couples; helping them reach mutually established goals.
She has become versed in complex behavior and mental health needs as well as served in crisis prevention in helping write crisis plans, intervention, and coordination. Beka has also helped those fighting the darkness of suicide and addiction, to those struggling in their marriages. Beka’s passion to see the individuals fight for themselves in making progress towards their goals.
She is known to be empathetic, personable, non-judgmental and genuine in her interactions with clients. She has a passion to bring healing to those who are broken. Beka approaches to therapy with the belief that, regardless of diagnoses or similarities to others, all clients have an individual story. She enjoys assisting clients in exploring how that story is impacting their current worldview, as well as how each individual can utilize these unique experiences and strengths to overcome their current struggles. She empowers individuals to overcome personal obstacles by utilizing evidenced-based interventions.
Beka is married to a wonderful husband they have one little boy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family spending time outdoors, gardening and sewing, knitting and crocheting, and crafting