Jennifer Schaal, LCMHC, NCC
Practice Founder and Owner
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Therapist
Enjoys working with clients throughout the lifespan (3- the senior years)
Jennifer is a warm and empathetic 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, with 15 years combined experience working in the mental health and special education fields. She is also the Founder and Practice Owner of Inner Peace Psychological Services and Integrative Wellness Center, PLLC. Jennifer is a lifespan 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 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.
Jennifer is a member of the following professional associations:
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors
ACA American Counseling Association
INNMH International Network of Integrative Mental Health
APT Association for Play Therapy
Jeffery Snow, MD.
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
Patricia Gazzola, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Enjoys working with patients ages 10-75
Patricia is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with expertise in treating patients in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient and day program levels of care. Patricia graduated with her bachelor and master degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the past 8 years, prior to which she worked as a critical care RN at the children’s hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Before starting at Inner Peace, Patricia spent over 4 years practicing as the psychiatric nurse practitioner for a pediatric eating disorders center in northern New Jersey. Patricia enjoys seeing patients throughout the lifespan. However, her passion lies in treating children, teens, and young adults.
Patricia sees psychiatric care as a collaborative, dynamic and interactive relationship between patient and provider. She values the importance of establishing a congenial, trusting relationship with patients as well as providing psychoeducation about diagnosis and treatment so that her patients may take an active role in their pursuit of mental health and wellbeing. Patricia also enjoys providing supportive psychotherapy during sessions as both a way to establish a deeper rapport with patients as well to complement their regular psychotherapy work. Patricia’s favorite part of outpatient work is the opportunity to learn and grow with her patients and to support them through both the happy and difficult times that life brings. She is very excited to join the team at Inner Peace and to continue to have the privilege of being a part of her clients’ lives!
Kristin Smith, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Enjoys working with patients ages 18-75
Kristin is a dually Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner. She received both her Master of Science degree and a post-graduate certificate from Duke University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hawaii Pacific University. She has been practicing nursing for over 10+ years and previously worked as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with Duke Primary Care in Internal Medicine for the past 6+ years. During her time practicing in internal medicine, she has gained a vast amount of knowledge and passion for mental health and recently received her post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health care, furthering that knowledge base.
She has a passion for assisting individuals to reach their highest level of mental health and recovery through empathetic, individualized care. She prides herself in the ability to establish a solid rapport with people and partnering with them to assist in reaching their optimum levels of both mental and physical health. She believes in empowering individuals to reach their goals through comprehensive care.
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
Robin Young, MFA, MA, LMFT
Works with clients ages 12- 80
Robin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who believes that each client
brings their own strengths and resources to the therapeutic environment. Robin seeks to
help clients unearth solutions within a safe therapy space grounded in positive
psychology, strengths-based and Solutions-focused approach to psychotherapy. Her
approach to therapy views clients as multi-faceted beings who are reaching towards
their highest Self; this includes working from a client’s personal spiritual orientation if it
is relevant to him/her. Underscoring these aspects is an accentuation on
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction techniques and Evidence-based interventions such
as Cognitive Behavioral and Structural approaches throughout her practice with clients.
Moreover, as a Certified Owner / Handler of a therapy/assistance golden retriever
named Sophie, she utilizes Animal-Assisted Therapy when it is evident that a client
could benefit from the dog’s therapeutic presence. Sophie is adept at providing comfort
and stress relief while recognizing anxiety, depression and other emotional states that
come from dealing with such issues. Additionally, with a background in fine arts she
incorporates Expressive Arts into her work with clients which may come in the form of
writing, drawing, painting, music, dramatic presentation — any creative endeavor that
aids in both the client’s understanding of what is unfolding. Robin treats depression,
anxiety, family discord, relationship issues, grief, chronic/physical illnesses, and
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.
Alison D’ Amico, Practice Administrator
Melva Finnerson, Practice Coordinator