Bill Caperton , PhD
Psychologist and Group Supervisor
Bill is the Group Supervisor at Hamm Clinic, where he oversees group therapy programming in addition to providing individual therapy and clinical supervision. He completed his PhD in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University, his MA in Counseling at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and his undergraduate degree in English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.
His therapeutic approach is an integration of contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness-based, values guided, experiential behavioral approach. What this means in practice is that he will work collaboratively with you to disclose sources of meaning in your life, while facilitating the development of new perspectives on your internal emotional worlds, in the service of pursuing increasingly clarified values. At times this will include looking at patterns in current and past relationships that may be contributing to “stuck” points, while at others it will include guided experiential exercises aimed at dislodging patterns of behavior that are no longer serving you in building a more vital, engaged, meaningful existence.
Bill’s previous experience includes providing counseling to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at UCLA, USC’s Keck School of Medicine, and the University of Iowa, as well as working within the VA system in both Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Prior to becoming a psychologist, he worked in the music industry as a performer, manager, and booking agent, and has a particular interest in helping artists, writers, actors, musicians and creative spirits of all types achieve their full potential.
Jillian Chase , MS
Jillian Chase, MS (she/her/hers) is a Psychology Intern at Hamm Clinic. She is in her final year of completing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Jillian is dedicated to supporting clients as part of a collaborative, egalitarian team working together to improve and maintain quality of life. Through an integrative, trauma-informed, and culturally conscious lens she has experience working with a diverse spectrum of individuals living with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, complex trauma, personality disorders, as well as substance use disorders.
As a provider utilizing an integrative approach, Jillian takes into account the implications of early relational experiences, paired with a framework that examines the interplay between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors.
Jillian believes that at the heart of therapeutic progress lies authenticity in the relationship between client and clinician. In her experience, this authenticity is facilitated by honest and consistent communication, collaboration, and a belief in every person’s potential for self-actualization and self-determination.
Jenny Cheney , MSW, LGSW
Social Work Fellow
Jenny is a Social Work Fellow at Hamm Clinic providing individual therapy. She received her master’s in Social Work from St. Catherine University. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, and families in inpatient, intensive outpatient, in-home, clinic, and case management settings. Her special interests include mindful practices, complex trauma, mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, and substance use and addiction. She uses a variety of approaches and frameworks including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, attachment, and strengths, with a systems/environment perspective.
Jenny has experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, financial insecurity, co-occurring disorders, psychosis, and comorbidity. Jenny is committed to providing a non-judgmental, and validating, safe space for her clients. She believes in collaborative care and strives to meet clients where they are at in their journey towards healing and growth.
Social Work Intern
Brittany Clausen, (she/her/hers) is a Master’s of Social Work Intern & Clinical Trainee at Hamm Clinic. She will receive her master’s from Saint Catherine University in May 2022. Brittany focuses on sharing power that pre-exists within the community, specifically with communities of color as leaders to make change. Brittany specializes in providing care to youth, adults and families experiencing trauma with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).…Read Bio
Brittany Clausen, (she/her/hers) is a Master’s of Social Work Intern & Clinical Trainee at Hamm Clinic. She will receive her master’s from Saint Catherine University in May 2022. Brittany focuses on sharing power that pre-exists within the community, specifically with communities of color as leaders to make change. Brittany specializes in providing care to youth, adults and families experiencing trauma with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Brittany has experience in crisis intervention, case management, and client advocacy. Brittany has a professional background in developing and evaluating DEI initiatives and community programs.
As a Biracial woman, Brittany focuses on infusing clinical practice with an inter-disciplinary style, specializing in mindfulness and somatic experiencing practices. Brittany is focused on providing collaborative care, including wellness practices that are client driven to improve and maintain quality of life.
Brittany has experience working with individuals living with depression, anxiety, complex trauma, personality disorders, as well as substance use disorders. Brittany welcomes all gender identities, racial identities, religions, sexual orientations, and ages.
Claudia Coleman , MSW, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Claudia Coleman (she/her) is a staff psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic. She completed her
undergraduate degree at Hampshire College, and received her MSW at Smith College School for
Social Work in Massachusetts. She has had extensive training in contemporary psychoanalytic
theory and psychodynamic practice through two fellowships; one at the Psychotherapy Institute
of Back Bay, and another at Human Relations Service in Boston, MA. In addition to these
fellowships, she has completed a two-year Couples Training Program at the Psychodynamic
Couples and Family Institute of New England. Her training, while focused in relational, trauma-informed psychodynamic psychotherapy, also emphasizes intersectional, anti-oppressive,
spiritual and multicultural frameworks. She has considerable experience working with
relationship issues, grief and loss, identity development, and trauma. She enjoys working with all
ages and appreciates working with all different types of folks.
As a psychodynamic therapist, she invites her clients to explore the places that they tend
to avoid or keep hidden. It is through this process that her clients will deepen their self-awareness, and gain greater insight into any struggles, patterns, and problems they are facing,
thus opening new possibilities and ways of engaging in life more fully as themselves. Her
primary focus is to truly get to know her clients and build a strong therapeutic relationship where
they feel safe to be vulnerable, to be challenged, and to grow. Her approach is nonjudgemental,
client-centered, and collaborative — aimed at providing a space where her clients feel free to
openly express themselves as they explore and unpack the questions, dynamics, and experiences
that brought them into therapy with genuine curiosity
Cristina Combs , MSW, LICSW
Director of Clinical Services
Cristina is the Clinical Director at Hamm Clinic. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Cristina is a licensed clinical social worker who has served children, youth, adults, and families as an in-home, school-based, and outpatient therapist. Since 2011, she has provided clinical supervision to incredible therapists and has extensive experience in program development, administration, quality improvement, and program evaluation.
In therapy and in supervision, Cristina collaborates with individuals to promote healing, self-love, and life-giving connections. She attends to matters of social justice as essential components of clinical practice and values frameworks including narrative therapy, harm reduction, and liberation psychology.
In 2015, through consultation with BIPOC mentors, Cristina developed a group work model focused on building anti-racist practice and community. In partnership with a diverse group of colleagues, Cristina has developed and delivered trainings locally and nationally on anti-oppressive practice.
Cristina is humbled and honored to serve Hamm Clinic in the role of Director of Clinical Services.