Karen Smith, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Karen Smith brings over 20 years’ experience in medical and clinical mental health to Auldern, working with diverse populations in health care, intensive in-home, outpatient, and inpatient treatment settings. And over at least ten of those years, she has provided supervision and support to numerous clinicians. She is well known as a compassionate clinician who brings her excellent interpersonal and communication skills to bear as she fosters not only a collaborative work environment for her team, but also a strong commitment to the healing of the individuals, couples and families who have received her counseling.
Along the way, Karen has had a number of leadership positions as a clinical director, a program coordinator, and director of social work. Working with adolescents has always been a focus of her career and she feels Auldern is the perfect place to practice her passion for helping adolescent girls become strong and capable young women. Karen sees Auldern as an emotionally safe place for girls to hone their academic and social skills as they experience and learn emotional resilience. Karen has worked with a range of modalities, including CBT, DBT and Mindfulness and will coordinate with her staff to make certain the right combination of methodologies are used to engage all of Auldern’s students.
Karen is especially experienced and dedicated to family therapy, which she sees as being “at the heart of Auldern’s approach.” She strives to foster an environment that will encourage collaboration among her team of therapists, the students themselves, their family members and everyone on each girl’s treatment team. She considers the work with the entire family system to be crucial to the ultimate success of each student in treatment.
Married with children, Karen lived in Honduras for 20 years and is fluent in Spanish. Needless to say, she has a strong commitment to cultural competent practice.
Karen Storm, LPC
Karen joins the Auldern team with over 11 years of clinical experience where she has helped children and families in various settings including therapeutic wilderness programs in Florida and North Carolina, the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, and most recently as an intake/crisis therapist at a local Community Mental Health Center.
Karen has a Master of Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University in Maryland and she is a Licensed Psychological Associate in the state of North Carolina.
Karen believes that a trusting, honest therapeutic alliance established between the therapist and the girls they work with is the key to evoking growth and change.
In her time away from Auldern, Karen enjoys the outdoors, exercising, playing with her three dogs, and her greatest joy – spending time with her 4 year old son.
Karen can be reached by phone at 919-837-2336 ext.604 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hali Calcut, LCSWA
Hali Calcut received her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice. During her undergraduate studies, Hali worked for the University Chaplain and as a Peer Lead Counselor, where she helped to develop and maintain both fellowship and academic programs for young adults. Hali’s devotion to working with adolescents flourished as she volunteered with children’s homes across the state.
She received her Masters of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and holds a certificate in Substance Use Disorders and Addictions. Hali has extensive experience working in community mental health services, therapeutic wilderness, family conservation programs, parenting programs, and residential settings. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Hali is passionate about helping adolescents and young adults discover opportunities to cultivate skills that will empower them in fostering resiliency and autonomy. She works to integrate mindfulness exercises into practice, as she feels that providing adolescents with coping skills is critical to working to induce focus and intentionality, allowing for growth and development.
In her free time, Hali enjoys spending time on the coast, kayaking local rivers, and exploring the beautiful North Carolina mountains.
Shondell Hawkins, MS, LCSWA
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.