Paul O’Hara M.Div., MA
Paul O’Hara is a contract therapist at Hamm Clinic. He focuses on the transformational aspect of the therapeutic relationship in understanding and working through the influence of the past on current issues. Paul is an Advanced Candidate in Psychoanalysis. He has experience in adolescent chemical dependency treatment, community mental health and hospital settings.
Damaris T. Perez Ramirez MA, LP
Psychologist / PSICÓLOGA
Damaris Perez Ramirez is a bilingual Clinical Psychologist at Hamm Clinic. She is originally from Cuba, and has been in practice for over 35 years. Damaris lived and practiced in Spain before coming to the United States. When she eventually moved to Minnesota, she chose to convert her degree and credentials which would allow her to continue her practice in mental health care settings. Damaris earned her Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Saint Mary’s University. She has extensive experience as a college counselor while working as an associate psychology professor in a medical school in Cuba. Her areas of expertise are stress, anxiety, depression, health psychology, psychosomatic dysfunctions, relationship conflicts, and trauma. She provides individual, couples and family therapy. Damaris is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) certified Therapist. She also offers patients Mind-Body Techniques such as Progressive Relaxation, in English and in Spanish.
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Damaris Pérez Ramírez es una psicóloga clínica bilingüe en Hamm Clinic. Damaris nació en Cuba y lleva más de 35 años ejerciendo. Damaris vivió y trabajó en España antes de mudarse a los Estados Unidos. Cuando se mudó a Minnesota, decidió convertir sus estudios y credenciales para poder continuar trabajando en el ámbito del cuidado de la salud mental. Damaris estudió una maestría en Asesoramiento Psicológico en Saint Mary’s University. Tiene una gran experiencia como consejera universitaria y trabajó como profesora de psicología asociada en la facultad de medicina en Cuba. Sus áreas de experiencia son el estrés, ansiedad, depresión, salud psicológica, disfunciones psicosomáticas, problemas en las relaciones y trauma. Proporciona terapia individual, de pareja y familiar. Damaris es una terapeuta certificada en EMDR (desensibilización y reprocesamiento por movimiento ocular). También ofrece a sus pacientes Técnicas de Cuerpo Mente en español e inglés, como por ejemplo la Relajación Progresiva.
Kira Pontiff is an Office Specialist at Hamm Clinic and the first point of contact for clients. She graduated from Hamline University with a degree in Theater Arts and still acts in her free time. She has over a decade of administrative and front office experience.
Jennifer Prock is Hamm Clinic’s Finance Manager. She studied at the University of Wisconsin Stout and has over twenty years of diverse financial experience working with entities of all sizes. Jennifer has focused her career on working with nonprofit organizations and enjoys being able to use her financial expertise to support and further their missions. At Hamm Clinic, Jennifer is responsible for all of the financial and accounting operations.
Rachel Richardson MSW, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rachel Richardson is a Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Individual and Group Therapist at Hamm Clinic. She completed her Undergraduate Education at Wesleyan University, 1987 and her Graduate Education at University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University MSW Program, 1993.
Rachel is involved in a variety of aspects of Hamm Clinic’s work. Primarily she sees individual clients. She also facilitates an interpersonally-focused process-oriented therapy group once a week. In addition, Rachel is one of the social work supervisors, so she provides supervision to social work interns and/or social work fellows each year. In addition, she is involved in supporting some Hamm Clinic events, both internal and external, and serves on the Events and Outreach Committee.
Theoretically, Rachel sees herself grounded in contemporary psychodynamic or relational therapy, meaning that she sees our early relationships, patterns of interaction and experiences as critical pieces of information for understanding our present-day behavior. Rachel integrates theories and therapies to serve the client best. These modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, systems and feminist therapy.
Rachel wants to be open and available to the needs of each client, while trying to hear their needs, both implicit and explicit, and working to understand their story while having them feel her presence, interest, concern, and compassion. Rachel works to develop understanding of their history so that she can serve as a reference point for them as they try to understand their contemporary situation, its historical antecedents and the pain it is causing or creating. When it is working best, Rachel sees therapy as advancing both insight for the client and mobilizing change in their lives. Whenever either insight or behavioral change is stuck, Rachel collaborates with the client and seeks consultation to understand how the therapy needs to change.
Rachel has strong interest in mindfulness and DBT. She has done workshops in both topics over the years and uses both in her therapy work regularly. Rachel has been at Hamm since she interned here 1992-1993; she was then hired in May 1993. Rachel has also worked part time at Augsburg in their Wellness Center.
Director of Operations
Kari Roepke is Hamm Clinic’s Director of Operations. She has a background in Medical Office Administration and studied at Globe College of Business and North Dakota State University. At Hamm Clinic, Kari does a great deal of work behind the scenes, making sure the clinic operations run as smoothly as possible. She oversees the electronic health record, and manages the front office, billing department, human resources, as well as IT contractors. Kari has years of experience serving in a variety of roles – from acting as a regional manager of health information, to billing, to providing medical office management.
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
Interim Clinical Director
Susan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Lead Clinician 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.
Natalie Taber MSW, LGSW
Natalie received her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Masters in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Religion and Philosophy from Hendrix College. She completed two years post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Training Program, and a yearlong culturally focused therapy graduate fellowship at Kente Circle. Prior to becoming a therapist, Natalie was actively involved in a number of movements working toward social justice. Natalie’s experience is grounded in exploration of identity; her clients tend to be those who hold identities that are not centered in the dominant US culture. In her clinical practice she works with clients impacted by trauma, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, relational problems, and attachment concerns. Natalie has worked especially to support transgender and gender non-conforming clients who are seeking therapeutic support in their journey. She believes that feeling seen and heard by your therapist in a non-judgmental and nurturing space is essential for the work of therapy, and she brings a gentle yet direct approach to partnerships with her clients in working to explore both challenges and possibilities for change.
Anna Weicker MA
Anna Weicker (they/them) provides individual and group therapy as well as psychological assessments, while receiving clinical training and supervision at Hamm. They hold a B.Sc. and M.A. in clinical psychology and are working toward their doctorate.
Anna’s style is engaged, authentic, and relational. Therapy is a deeply collaborative process – whether you seek to address difficulties arising from trauma or childhood experiences; you feel ready to explore relationship patterns that do not serve you any longer; or you hope to make changes in your day to day. Whatever your hopes for therapy, it takes patience, care, and curiosity to find new answers to old problems.
Anna believes that deep listening is a skill that helps us better understand ourselves and each other. Such listening includes respectful attention to the ways culture, race, class, gender, immigration, sexuality, and ability shape our sense of self and our experience in the world.
Exploring the stories about us that we were told and end up telling ourselves can help change them, to become more inclusive and to make space for the parts of us previously left out. Being more fully present can help us find our footing as we take the next step.
Before training as a therapist, Anna lived in Berlin, Germany where they were involved in a number of social justice movements and taught gender & queer studies with a focus on race & (post)colonialism. Their passion for social justice and trauma healing developed out of their work with survivors of sexualized and intimate partner violence, their community accountability work in queer communities, and their collaboration with refugee groups.
Helen Wu PhD, LP
Helen Wu is a Postdoc Fellow at Hamm clinic. She completed her Ph.D. at St. John’s University Clinical Psychology program. She sees clients for individual and group therapy and has previously participated in triage and intake process.
Helen operates from an integrative and person-centered model. She believes that it is important to understand one’s clients in a comprehensive way that accounts for biopsychosocial processes. This encompasses biological make up, early developmental experiences, sense of self, beliefs about others, interpersonal patterns, conscious and unconscious processes. Helen bases her interventions on what clients’ goals and values are and their readiness for change, while keeping in mind whatever realistic limitations they may have. Helen believes clients change when their experiences are understood. This allows them to grieve the past and live a fuller life in the present and the future.
Helen is interested in the topics of identity, personality, and interpersonal relationships. She has training in psychodynamic therapy and CBT. She also has exposure to Motivational Interviewing and DBT. Previously, Helen has worked in: community clinics, general inpatient, psychoanalytic institutes, CBT practicums, middle school settings, as well as with Recovery Model group therapy, skills groups, and process groups.
Office Specialist and Case Manager
Melinda Xong is an Office Specialist and Case Manager at Hamm Clinic. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Human Services. At Hamm, she will assess, coordinate and make referrals for individuals to other community resources.
Peter Zelles PhD, LP, ABPP
Psychology Assessment Supervisor
Peter A. Zelles, PhD, LP, ABPP is the Consulting Supervisor for the Psychological Testing Program at Hamm Clinic. He teaches and supervises pre-doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows in psychological testing and assessment. He also provides consultation for senior staff regarding testing. Peter earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Peter specializes in intellectual testing, projective and objective personality testing, including from a dynamic and trauma-informed perspective. He has extensive experience in relational, attachment-based dynamic psychotherapy, family/couples systems therapy, various cognitive and behavioral therapies. Peter has a full-time private practice in St. Paul. He is also Faculty of the Doctoral Professional Psychology Program at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, specializing in psychological assessment and psychopathology. He has practicing privileges at various Twin Cities’ hospitals. Peter was previously President of The Society for Psychoanalytic Studies in Minnesota, and was a previous member of the Governing Council of the Minnesota Psychological Association.