About SCCS

The mission of Second City Counseling Services (SCCS) is to foster therapeutic connections that cultivate a healthier lifestyle for clients and in turn, strengthen their relationships, families, and communities.

The vision of SCCS is to provide quality counseling services to individuals, couples, and families of the Central and Leeward communities of O’ahu, including low or no income clients who may have difficulty obtaining counseling services.

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Amanda L. Hess established Second City Counseling Services in 2014. She is a licensed mental health counselor (MHC-342) and licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT-506) in the state of Hawai’i. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Ms. Hess is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and an Individual Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a graduate member with the British Psychological Society and is a National Certified Counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Ms. Hess is a participating provider with the Give an Hour program, the Theraplay Institute, and the Gottman Referral Network. She is currently participating in certification consultation training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses Gottman Method Therapy in her work.

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Ms. Hess has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, which includes working in a psychiatric hospital, a substance abuse treatment facility, the Child Welfare Services system, and an outpatient grief support program. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross as a mental health responder and currently volunteers with the O’ahu Medical Reserve Corps.

Ms. Hess was part of the inaugural delegation to Rwanda in 2015 for NBCC’s Mental Health Facilitator training and returned to Rwanda in 2016 for Global Engagement Institute’s Multicultural Trauma Treatment training. Currently, she is working with international colleagues to provide mental health training to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Gottman Training Level 1 – December 2014

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Rwanda Mental Health Facilitator Training – August 2015

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Italy Play Therapy Institute – March 2017

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Gottman Training Level 3 – August 2017

Theraplay Level II Training

Theraplay Level 2 Training – Milton Keynes, England – September 2018