Lauren Scholder , PsyD, LP
Lauren (she/her/hers) provides outpatient psychotherapy to a diverse range of clients with mild-severe mental health concerns using individual and couples modalities. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lauren strives to create genuine relationships with clients where they feel both heard and understood. To do so, she approaches clients with an open mind and aims to meet them where they are in their course of treatment. Lauren’s objective is to create safety with clients so that they may be their authentic selves and work towards change.
Lauren believes problems occur when one’s personal stories are dominated by the views of others or culture at large leaving no room for a person’s preferred story or stories that sufficiently capture or contradict important aspects of the person’s lived experience. In order to produce change, Lauren works collaboratively with clients to separate themselves from their problem-saturated stories. Together, they identify times when the problem was absent, moments of personal strength, protective factors, and resources. Through this process, clients can reduce the influence the problem has on their life, make room for their preferred stories, and rewrite their narratives.
Lauren’s professional interests include identity development and exploration, relationships with self and others, navigating significant life change, working with historically marginalized populations, race-based trauma, managing depression and anxiety, and clinical supervision and training. Lauren has had the opportunity to work in four college counseling centers with both traditional and non-traditional college students, and an outpatient private practice serving the LGBTQ population.
Nancy Seger , LISW
Interim Training Director
As Interim Training Director, Nancy ensures high-quality learning experiences for graduate students in psychology and social work, psychiatry residents and Hamm Clinic staff. She is also providing vital continuity for the agency during a time of change and renewal. Nancy holds a B.A. in English from Macalester College, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota. Most recently, Nancy served as the Forensic Services Director at CornerHouse, where she honed her skills in multidisciplinary teamwork and values-based leadership. Her previous work experience includes managing youth programs in the Near North neighborhood of Minneapolis with Pillsbury United Communities, serving as a children’s mental health case manager at Thad Wilderson & Associates in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, and teaching high school English at a charter school located within the Lower Sioux Mdewakanton Community in southwest Minnesota. Nancy is an experienced nonprofit leader who understands that all change happens in the context of relationship. She is devoted to authentic collaboration, anti-oppressive practice and lifelong learning.
Susan Sethna , MSW, LICSW
Associate Clinical Director
Susan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Associate Clinical Director at Hamm Clinic. She is Asian Indian and Caucasian and identifies as multicultural. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. At Hamm Clinic, Susan provides individual and group therapy to clients and provides clinical supervision to clinical staff and clinical Social Work and Psychiatry trainees. She is involved in the development and maintenance of clinical policies and procedures at Hamm. Susan teaches in the clinic’s seminar series and other settings, focusing on the application of theory to practice, particularly the use of self.
Susan has a contemporary relational, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed, approach to her clinical work. She believes understanding our early experiences help us understand our patterns and that healing occurs in the context of an authentic relationship with an empathic and attuned therapist. She strives to bring an anti-oppressive and ecological (person in environment) stance and incorporates mindfulness and other skills into her work with clients.
Susan has served in a variety of roles at the clinic including Multicultural Liaison, Training Coordinator, and Acting Clinical Director. In her role as Multicultural Liaison Susan coordinated a group of clinicians of color from several agencies who provided conferences and workshops focusing on providing mental health services to people of color, including a conference by invitation at the Mayo Clinic. Additionally, Susan worked at Andrew residence as a Mental Health Worker and Living Skills Instructor, working with people experiencing serious and persistent mental illness.
Clinical Social Work Intern
Luis Solis-Reyes (he/him/his) is a bilingual Clinical Social Work Intern. Luis holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is completing his last year of his MSW program from the University of Saint Thomas. Luis focuses on providing a safe and welcoming environment for all individuals, where they can self-analyze and grow. As a first-generation immigrant, Luis is conscious of external and systemic factors that may be affecting clients in developing their identity. Through collaboration, clear and consistent communication, and authenticity, Luis partners with his clients to empower them to identify their goals, explore their challenges, and process their feelings in a safe and supportive environment. Luis is passionate about working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and welcomes all people regardless of gender identities, racial identities, religious/spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations, and ages.
Clinical Social Work Intern
Matt Sweeney (he/him) is a Clinical Social Work Intern at Hamm Clinic. He is in his final year of completing his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Minnesota. He has several years of experience working Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Inpatient Mental Health, serving children and adults experiencing mental health crises, and he also has experience working with children who have experienced trauma and their parents. Matt’s approach to therapy is person-centered, trauma-informed, empathic, and relational. He believes that people can and do recover from mental illness and trauma, and that healing occurs in relationship with others. He strives to create a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental space for clients to share and explore what is most important to them. Matt is committed to providing therapy from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and LGBTQIA+ affirming lens. His special interests include trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, mind-body/mindfulness, LGBTQIA+ mental health, and racial/cultural identity.