About Us

Second Chances Counseling is a provider of outpatient and intensive outpatient counseling services in Los Angeles, CA as well as life and relationship coaching services online anywhere, anytime. We work with individuals, couples, families and children.

At Second Chances, we have a team of expert mental health clinicians helping our clients create the life that they want and deserve. We are here to help guide you to heal your unresolved emotional wounds and provide you with the tools to transform your life. We believe that no one should suffer in silence, and that everyone deserves a Second Chance.

Unresolved issues can lead to rocky relationships, family issues and more serious disorders such as anxiety, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, sex addiction, among others. At Second Chances, we go beyond the symptoms such as anxiety and sadness and treat its underlying cause.

At Second Chances, we believe in treating the whole person. We achieve this through a multidimensional, integrated approach and tailor treatment for what is best for each individual. Each person will receive an extensive evaluation by taking a look at all areas of their lives: Love, Work, Play, Mind, Body, Soul.

Second Chances Model – Our model focuses on the whole person, including the underlying issues that impact a person’s well-being as well as being based on the truth that the more you focus on the problem, the bigger the problem gets. The more you focus on the solution, the bigger the solution gets. We are committed to helping you find solutions. We focus on our client’s strengths and previous successes rather than on past failings and problems. We believe that the clients, themselves, possess the knowledge and wherewithal to solve their problems. With collaboration and co-construction of answers between the client and therapist, change begins to occur.


To find out how to regain control of your life, contact Second Chances at 323-547-2662.


We can help guide you through a Better Marriage, Better Divorce and Better Parenting

Eris Huemer Winans, PsyD, LMFT
Co-Founder, CEO, Clinical Director

Dr. Eris holds a doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy and guides people all over the world toward making positive and lasting life changes and reinventing themselves from the inside out. Through her books, media appearances, seminars, social networking and counseling center, Second Chances, Eris shares her special brand of wit and insight holding up a mirror to the face of relationships in modern society. Through these mediums, she helps people gain an understanding of who they are and what they love, as individuals, independent of their love relationships, get through internal roadblocks, and then use that knowledge to create the life they deserve.

Dr. Eris believes in treating the whole person (Mental, Physical, Career, Finance, Environment, Recreation and Relationships), while drawing from an eclectic blend of therapeutic approaches and techniques including CBT, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Depth, Play, and more. She takes a no-nonsense, straightforward approach to looking at people’s personal experience and helps them through their relationship stages while helping them create a Better Marriage or a Better Divorce while inspiring them to become Better Parents.

Dr. Eris has shared her expert advice on the psychology of sex, love, breakups, divorce and other human behaviors on HLN’s Dr. Drew On Call, Nancy Grace, Jeff Probst Show, Hallmark Channel, NPR, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, KiiS FM with Ryan Seacrest and others. She was a star of Bravo TV’s LA Shrinks and author of Break-Up Emergency: A Guide to Transform Your Break UP into a Break THROUGH.

Dr. Eris co-founded Divorce Doctor in light of her own life story.  She, herself, is a child of divorce. This process was excruciating for her and she wanted to help other families have a Better Divorce, by giving them the tools and support that she didn’t have. Her past has become her life’s mission to help as many couples and individuals let go of their personal baggage, stop repeating the same patterns, and create healthier relationships – even in the most difficult times.

Clayton Winans
Co-Founder, CMO

Clayton is the co-founder and Creative Marketing Director of Second Chances International and co-author of Break-Up Emergency: A Guide to Transform Your Break UP into a Break THROUGH. Through creative media and writing with Dr. Eris, he inspires people to take a real look at themselves, their lives and their relationships. His commitment is to help you transform your life into one of purpose, peace and joy.

Emily Jody, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Emily Jody is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT90739) with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. Emily uses authenticity, directness, honesty, compassion, and nonjudgmental truth to help individuals, couples, and families move from feeling stuck and incapable of change to a place of freedom and relief.

Emily believes in creating a safe environment so individuals feel the freedom to confront their underlying issues and move towards long lasting change. Her main objective is to help others experience more meaningful, satisfying and authentic lives.

She offers an eclectic approach, including Psychodynamic, Object Relations, Emotion-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, and Family Systems. Emily also specializes in the treatment of individuals, and their families, with eating disorders.

Miriam Lamb-Perrone, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Miriam Lamb-Perrone is interested in the whole body-whole mind approach to medicine, mental health, and healing. She has always been interested in how individuals are influenced by their macro and micro- environments— their families, cultures, and societies. She believes that the question of defining oneself is not a simple one. She would like to help individuals discover their higher selves and fullest potential. She believes that the processes of releasing emotional pain; gaining insight; changing core beliefs; and deepening one’s spiritual evolution are completely intertwined.

Prior to receiving an MACP degree from Sofia University, Miriam studied cultural anthropology and human resources. She pursued these fields to gain awareness about how people operate in various cultural, systemic, and corporate contexts. However, after working for several years in human resources, she began seeking a career path that would provide greater personal satisfaction. She chose Sofia University because of its rigorous programs which integrate counseling, somatic modalities, culture, ritual, and spirituality.

Good health, optimal nutrition, positive relationships, and engagement in creative endeavors are essential elements to living a fulfilling life. Miriam enjoys helping clients explore their goals to achieve a sense of well-being.

Miriam helps individuals who are grappling with chronic pain, being hospitalized, and navigating the health care system. She is truly a client advocate with an interest in epidemiology. She is interested in the integration of mental/physical health and the intersectionality of environmental, social, gender, racial, multi-generational and socioeconomic factors in the healing process. Miriam also addresses school/youth related issues such as bullying, racism, academic issues, ADHD, low self-esteem, and self-harm. She has experience working in school systems/private practices in the Central Coast and Bay Area, and currently Thousand Oaks. She has worked with adults and youth.

Miriam has worked with diverse populations: (ethnicities, immigration statuses, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, genders, varying levels of ability). She uses an individualized approach for all clients and believes that people are more than labels and diagnoses.

Miriam has participated in several somatic/metaphysical groups. Her personal interests include practicing Reiki (she is a level 2 Reiki practitioner); learning about EFT, Eastern Spirituality, and history; and writing in its various forms (especially poetry/screenwriting/prose).

Miriam is particularly interested in creative visualization; transpersonal/humanistic approaches/Jungian approaches; somatic modalities; dreamwork; creative expression; and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Johanne Preciado, MA, MFT, LPCC
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Johanne Preciado is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (CP2148, LMFT45443) specializing in individual, children/adolescent and family therapy. With over 13 years experience as a therapist, she works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are trauma, depression, anxiety and working with children birth to five. She has experience in providing group therapy and workshops in a variety of topics, including but not limited to, parenting, self harming behaviors, women’s empowerment, youth self esteem and social skill building.

Johanne is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Johanne additionally trains and mentors in a variety of evidence-based practices including PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), which are programs geared towards treatment of  infants and young children. She is skilled in assisting families needing support with children’s mental health issues and provides home and school visits in order to assist the family creating sustainable plans inclusive of all the children’s natural supports to truly succeed in carrying out change.

Dana C Secor, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 106030)

Dana Secor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 106030) with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She previously received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from New York University and has trained extensively in the field since 1998.

Dana tailors therapy to each individual using a holistic, Person or Client Centered approach. She is proficient in such areas as Anxiety/Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Somatic Therapy including Autonomic Regulation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Co-Occurring Disorders (Mental Health and Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse). She was a Program Manager for a Rehabilitation Center and has worked as a Primary Therapist in residential treatment facilities for teens as well as adults. In addition, she is Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

She is passionate about helping people with trauma and dissociative disorders work on integrating their mind, body, and soul together. She is certified in Nutrition Therapy and is a Certified Mental Health Nutrition Integrative Medicine Provider. She has worked extensively with clients affected by Eating Disorders, Weight Management, and the Bariatric Population. She is also experienced in working with patients affected by cancer as well as grief counseling for terminally ill clients and their families. Her experience spans over 2 decades and she has also worked with clients affected by Severe and Persistent Mental Illness such as Schizophrenia. She is an extremely compassionate, empathic, and nurturing individual.

Yesica Cabrera, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 108764)

Yesica Cabrera is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 108764) with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Yesisa has training and experience working with infant mental health. Yesica offers a therapeutic lens using attachment theory, object relations, trauma lens, psychodynamic and developmental approach.

Yesica has been practicing for the past seven years, using trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, positive parenting, and child-parent psychotherapy. Yesica is to support individuals while honoring trust as each is able to find more security, pleasure and love within self and each other.

Jake Ferrante, MA
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT113539)

Jake Ferrante is an associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT113539) and specializes in treating individuals, couples, and families. He has ten years of experience as a therapist, which includes treatment of anxiety, depression, childhood/adult sexual trauma, domestic violence, grief, PTSD, substance abuse, codependency, and LGBTQ issues. Jake is a certified and experienced group facilitator of DBT, domestic violence, IOP substance abuse recovery, and seeking safety groups.

Jake’s approach to therapy is deeply rooted in humanistic psychology and family systems theory. He is down to earth and establishes therapeutic relationships based on authenticity, acceptance and trust. His direct communication style and compassion facilitates a therapeutic experience that is integrative, goal oriented and client centered. Jake collaborates with clients to guide them along their path to recovery. He believes the path to healing emotional and psychological distress is achieved by assisting clients to discover their ability to mitigate feelings of distress through empowerment, self awareness and increased insight. Some of the various evidence based modalities utilized in therapy include CBT, DBT, EFT and MI.

Jake Ferrante received a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy from California State University Northridge, where he also completed his undergraduate studies in psychology. Furthermore, he was a licensed professional counselor and the lead therapist at an integrated community mental health agency in Arizona. He gained clinical experience treating individuals with SMI, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Additionally he presented Trauma Informed Care training for staff and professionals in the community.

Dominique Petrassi, MA
Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #111284)

Dominique Petrassi is a Marriage & Family Therapist Associate (AMFT #111284) and has experience working with anxiety, depression, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, and post-trauma related symptoms as well as people struggling with coming out, questioning their sexual/gender identity, or other issues connected with the unique experiences of being LGBTQQIAPK+ in our society. She is also trained in EMDR, a therapeutic approach that helps to effectively alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.

Adapting a variety of practices and therapies with a LGBTQ+ affirmative lens, she will help you to explore and identify what may be interfering with your ability to live a fulfilling life. She works collaboratively with her clients to develop their goals and make sure that the sessions are tailored to their unique needs and experiences. She will work together with you to alleviate emotional distress and empower you to access your untapped potential, increase healthy self-esteem and coping skills, and overcome the harmful effects of social oppression and discrimination.

Paula Verbit, MA
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #108436)

Paula Verbit is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#108436). Paula provides compassionate, individualized and strength-based therapy informed by Positive Psychology, Spiritual Psychology and Compassion Focused Therapy. Paula’s style is warm, collaborative and supportive as she promotes a trusting therapeutic alliance which focuses on working with the client in designing a plan to facilitate healing and growth. Paula creates a safe space in which clients work towards self-awareness, insight and planned goals, accessing inner resilience, resourcefulness and a sense of joy. 

Paula works with adults, children, couples and families using a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. Paula has experience in treating anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, issues of aging, self-esteem and self-empowerment.

Paula received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University. She is also a Certified Life Coach with experience in effectively coaching clients in the areas of relationships, peak performance and the creative arts.

Traci Terrill, MA
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #117334), Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC #7141)

Traci is an Associate Marriage and FamIly Therapist (AMFT # 117334) and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC #7141). She has a Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University and has worked with clients recovering from eating disorders at the Center for Discovery and Monte Nido, and in community health at the Maple Counseling Center. Traci is focused on treating eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflict, and creative productivity.

In her work, Traci emphasizes helping clients identify, understand and express painful emotions and patterns and to replace them with healthier thoughts and behaviors. Her approach integrates key insights from psychodynamic, relational and positive psychology, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) – all firmly grounded in a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship.

Prior to pursuing her master’s in psychology, Traci was the Vice President of Editorial and the Vice President of Brand Strategy at ViacomCBS in New York City.

Nami Tefera, MS
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #123216)

Nami Tefera, is an Associate Marriage Family Therapist who is passionate about helping her clients live their best lives by discovering and embracing their whole self, acknowledging their needs, advocating for themselves, and building respectful and meaningful relationships with healthy boundaries. She utilizes a strengths-based, integrative approach tailored to each client, and is committed to helping her clients live their best possible lives. Nami is skilled in providing individual, adolescent, and family therapy. Her specialties include life transitions, PTSD, grief and loss, general relationship difficulties, self-development, depression, anxiety, boundary setting, and helping clients cope with chronic medical conditions, intergenerational impact, minority stress, and racial trauma.

Nami is dedicated to social justice reform and breaking the stigma behind utilizing therapy services that is so prevalent in marginalized communities. She works with Black men and women, and members of marginalized communities who may be confronting imposter syndrome, and systematic racism. She also has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, LGBT Affirmative Therapy. Nami received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University Fullerton, where she also teaches as a part-time lecturer.

Stefany Watson
Marriage & Family Therapy Associate

Stefany is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and has been supporting families, children, and couples in the mental health community for over 10 years; with experience in anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. She has walked alongside her clients as they journey to connect with their inherent wisdom as a guide in and through their healing journey. Stefany cares deeply for creating safe, collaborative, and supportive therapeutic environments for processing. In this she seeks to establish a relationship with her clients that is collaborative in the discovery of the sources of anxiety, depression, and addiction. She also leans in on educating around the benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices in everyday life. She believes that a collaborative approach to healing is essential for each individual to develop the awareness and power to sustain their own growth and healing on a long lasting basis.

Malea Woods, MA
Marriage & Family Therapy Associate

Malea has a longstanding passion working with adolescent girls, women, and the LGBT+ community. She believes in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship, honoring the client’s inner truth and resilience, while providing culturally sensitive therapy. She uses a feminist approach in order to empower clients to understand cultural messages surrounding body image, gender, toxic societal roles and expectations.

Malea’s hope for clients is to provide a safe space to learn and explore experiences. While in the therapy journey, she helps connect the relationship between emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in conjunction with meeting the client where they are at. She honors each client’s individuality and way of connecting to the world in addition to taking in personal history/herstory and influence of societal/ political context. Malea attempts to bring radical acceptance, authenticity, and humor to each session.

Malea graduated her master’s program at Antioch University, specializing in LGBT Affirmative Therapy and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Gender Studies. Her clinical interests include: working with eating disorders, LGBT+ and gender non-conforming clients, and girls/women’s issues. She has a background working with various non-profits with an emphasis on social justice and feminism.

Prescilla Cardenas

Prescilla is Second Chances’ Business Manager. She strives to carry out the mission, vision, objectives and values that make Second Chances a comfortable and safe place to grow. By overseeing each department in their functions, her goal it to make sure that each client that walks through our doors receives the utmost and personalized care.

Brook Leganza

Brook provides  administrative  assistance  for Second Chances, working hard to ensure that our clients get the care they deserve.