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, Coach

Clayton is the co-founder and Creative Marketing Director of Second Chances International, Divorce Doctor 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 by showing them how to focus on making decisions to have a Better Marriage or a Better Divorce, while inspiring them to become Better Parents.

Clayton co-founded Divorce Doctor in light of his own life experience.  He is a child of multiple divorces, which inspired him to find tools to help other children and families going through similar circumstances. He coaches people to break through unmanageable relationship cycles with a Solution Focused and Mindful approach. He does this by having people look at all areas of their lives: Mental, Physical, Career, Finance, Environment, Recreation and Relationships. His commitment is to help you transform your life into one of purpose, peace and joy.



Hilary Hancock, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hilary Hancock is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY28949) in Los Angeles who specializes in working with both individuals and couples. From Dr. Hilary’s perspective, people must be seen in context, as a whole, integrated person who inherently exists in relationship to others. She empowers individuals and couples to transform their lives through awareness of choice, helping to remove blinders and expand the range of options available to people who are looking to create a different reality for themselves and in their relationships. She firmly believes that she can’t give you the answer, because you know what’s best for you. Rather, her goal is to guide individuals and couples in how to create their own solutions and construct the realities they have always desired and deserve through honest dialogue and skills building.

Dr. Hilary works from an interpersonally informed, eclectic perspective, drawing from a range of therapeutic techniques including Family Systems, Solution Focused, CPT, CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Object-Relations, and Existential modalities. She believes that the most effective way to help create change for her clients is to base their work together on a foundation of an authenticity and trust.

In addition to her doctorate and masters degrees in Clinical Psychology, both granted by Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Dr. Hilary also received training through internship with The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and as a Post-Doctoral Scholar in Clinical Psychology with UCLA’s ground-breaking program, Operation MEND. As a Post-Doctoral Scholar, Dr. Hilary specialized in treating trauma in current era veterans diagnosed with PTSD and TBI in the context of an intensive family treatment program.

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.

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.

Sam Pow, MA, MSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker

Sam Pow earned his Master’s of Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles (ASW72057). He has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and as a group facilitator.  His clinical practice weaves together ideas from positive psychology, existential therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and psychodynamic theory. Sam’s approach is strengths based with the aim of helping his clients empower themselves to create meaning and develop coping tools that will allow them to take the challenges of their lives as opportunities to evolve.

Sam has worked in the field of dual diagnosis for over a decade, helping clients that have extensive trauma histories, dealing with both mental health and addiction struggles. Helping individuals navigate their journey of healing and recovery by creating the safe environment, while they discover the self-compassion they need to transform their pain into growth, is the hallmark of Sam’s work.

Kristin Quihuis, MA, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Kristin Quihuis has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (IMF78816). She has an array of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults as well as individuals struggling with addiction. While guiding them through the cognitive process, Kristin helps her clients by creating a safe place for them to relive their trauma, work through cognitive distortions, and provides them with the necessary coping skills to reduce unwanted thoughts and behaviors.

Kristin has experience in evidenced based practices and is certified in Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  She offers a non-judgmental, supportive, and empathic approach during the therapeutic process and believes the therapeutic relationship should be open, honest, and genuine.

She believes that family dynamics and past experiences play a role in how people have learned to navigate their world, however, if change is desired, it does not determine the outcome of one’s life.  Working together with her clients, Kristin takes a solution-focused and person-centered approach, offering encouragement and instilling hope by making meaning out of their experiences and creating a new and purposeful journey.

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.