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Meet our Practitioners

Meet our Practitioners

Jennifer Schaal, LCMHC, NCC

Practice Founder and Owner
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Therapist

Enjoys working with clients age 3 to 100.

Jennifer is the Founder and Practice Owner of Inner Peace Psychological Services and Integrative Wellness Center, PLLC. She is a warm, empathetic trauma-informed therapist, who creates a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for clients to engage in the therapeutic process. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, who began practicing in 2008 after working in the special education field. Jennifer is a therapist who enjoys working with clients three years of age through the senior years, and embraces each person holistically, honoring the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.

Jennifer works with clients to help them find their personal definition of inner peace by integrating evidenced-based therapeutic approaches, including Trauma-Informed Therapy, Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Theory, with time-honored integrative mindfulness-based practices, including guided meditation and progressive relaxation. She walks with clients in their journey and serves as a bridge to connect them with where they are and where they strive to be emotionally, in relationships, life-roles, fulfillment, and health. She works in partnership with her clients to create practical, individualized strategies, to facilitate progress toward personal fulfillment and life goals.

Carolena Norment, LCMHC


Enjoys working with patients ages 18-65

Carolena is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has a passion for helping her clients find healing, health, happiness, and success by learning to lead a more balanced life. She understands that every individual’s journey to improving their quality of life is unique, and develops a holistic, optimistic and strength-based treatment plan based on each of her clients’ individual needs. She is a certified yoga instructor for mental health and offers yoga as an intervention to decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma. Her other treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.  Her approach is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where her clients are able to cultivate a healthy relationship with themselves, therefore, improving their relationships with others. In her eight years in the field, Carolena has worked with children, adolescents and adults ages 4 to 65 providing individual and family therapy.  She has helped clients dealing with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, self-esteem issues, grief and relationship/family conflict.


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Yoga for Mental Health Professionals

North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors

Brooke McMillan, LMFT

Works with ages 18-75

Brooke is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works from a trauma-focused and attachment-based lens, while tailoring her approach to each client’s unique needs. She provides a safe, compassionate space that fosters honesty and trust with the therapeutic process, helping to lead clients toward growth and self-discovery. Brooke has been working with clients since 2017, specializing in trauma-informed therapy and is experienced working with individuals, couples and families overcoming life stressors to develop healthier patterns. She works with survivors of human trafficking, special forces operators and those overcoming childhood traumas. Brooke also focuses her practice treating anxiety disorders, couple and family relationship challenges, grief and loss, and mood disorders as she works collaboratively with clients to develop obtainable goals that fit their individual needs. She utilizes an approach that emphasizes strengths, increases awareness and understanding of self, and builds self-compassion to create an overall improved quality of life.

Brooke is an empathetic and attentive counselor, as she establishes mutual respect within the therapeutic relationship to foster acceptance and increase progress for all of life’s challenges. She is trained in EMDR, along with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and will utilize these therapies where clinically appropriate. Brooke also applies DBT, CBT, EFT and Family Systems approaches to achieve mental wellness on each client’s path.


Audrey Ahlvers, LCSW

Works with ages 11-99

Audrey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes every one of you is a complex, unique individual that deserves to be treated as such. Her treatment philosophy is to get to know a person well, develop a trusting relationship, and find out what specific treatment will work best for you. As an LCSW, she utilizes the medical model to initially diagnose and find a direction for treatment, then incorporates holistic treatments which respect the “whole person” perspective.

Audrey treats a wide range of diagnoses and presenting issues, to include anxiety, depression, relationship issues. She has been in practice for 9 years. Her areas of specialization include mood disorders, trauma, and grief & loss.

Audrey is also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Trained Therapist. EMDR is a psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies related to upsetting past traumatic events and present life conditions. To receive this certification, she underwent 1st & 2nd Training Levels, 2 years of didactic & clinical study as well as consultation under the supervision of Dr. Gary Peterson, EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Using her specialized skills as an EMDR Trained Therapist, she understands therapeutic treatment models that have been developed with an understanding of human behavior and uses EMDR to address clinical issues unique to each Client situation.

Other ways she treats presenting issues, (and opportunities for growth), include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Gottman Marriage Counselling, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and holistic resources. She enjoys helping people become their best selves by helping them obtain higher levels of need on Maslow’s hierarchy, becoming more self-actualized, strengthening their sense of identity, or simply being able to experience more joy in their lives.


National Association of Social Workers
Operation Enduring Freedom VII Veteran

Carrye Addonizio, LCSW

Works with ages 11-75

Carrye is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes that each person brings with them an array of strengths, experiences, and challenges that deserve respect and a chance to be honored in the therapeutic process. Her therapeutic focus is with individuals and families as she focuses on developing trusting, non-judgmental relationships and assisting clients in finding healing and growth as they travel through life’s complex paths.  Carrye finds it imperative to treat the whole person in therapy and will work with each client to find the right therapeutic modality that works best for their needs.

Carrye received her BA in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Keene State College in New Hampshire. She then received her Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of South Carolina and has been clinically practicing since graduating in 2000. Carrye has extensive experience and training in trauma-related issues as she specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depressive disorders, sexual assault/abuse, relationship violence, and family of origin issues.

Carrye is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Trained Therapist. EMDR is a form of therapeutic treatment that assists in the acceleration of healing of a wide range of trauma-related symptoms that effect present life. Carrye underwent extensive training and supervision to become certified as an Advanced-Level EMDR practitioner and finds it very helpful in moving clients forward in their healing.  Using these specialized skills, she understands therapeutic treatment models that have been developed with an extensive understanding of trauma and how it relates to human behavior and uses EMDR, where appropriate, to address clinical issues.

Her other therapeutic approaches to utilize, where clinically necessary, are eclectic and include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Psychoeducation and the use of art and writing as processing tools. Carrye’s most recent post-master’s pursuit is training in Trauma-Informed Yoga to incorporate into her practice with clients who may find this helpful for self-regulation and body awareness.  She enjoys helping clients reach a sense of emotional and physical balance in their lives.

Office Administration

Alison D’ Amico, Practice Administrator