Workshops

2023 Online Workshop Schedule

  • Fri. Feb. 10th, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (11am – 6pm PST)
  • Sat. Mar. 4th, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (11am – 6pm PST)
  • Sat. Apr. 22nd, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (12pm – 7pm PST)
  • Fri. May 26th, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (12pm – 7pm PST)
  • Sat. Jun. 24th, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (12pm – 7pm PST)
  • Sat. Jul. 22, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (12pm – 7pm PST)
  • No workshop August 2023
  • Fri. Sep. 1, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (12pm – 7pm PST)
  • Sat. Oct. 10th, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (12pm – 7pm PST)
  • Sat. Nov. 4th, 2023 from 9am – 4pm HST (12pm – 7pm PST)
  • Sat. Dec. 9th, 2022 from 9am – 4pm HST (11am – 6pm PST)

Workshops may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances or if less than 3 couples sign-up. Email amanda@hisccs.com to register and/or to be added to our waitlist.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work program is based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his New York Times bestselling book—The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

This educational workshop is designed to help couples improve their friendship and conflict management skills. The Seven Principles Program is facilitated by Amanda Hess, a Certified Gottman Therapist, and includes lectures as well as private couple exercises. Couples do not have to be married to participate and will NOT share their personal problems in front of others.

The cost of this workshop is $250, which must be paid in full two days prior to the start of the training and is not covered by health insurance. Registration includes one copy of the book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, two Seven Principles workbooks, and one set of couples’ card decks.

Partial refunds can be given up to the second week of training in the event of extenuating circumstances, excluding $50 to cover workshop materials. This training may be postponed if there are three or fewer couples that register.

This workshop is suited for couples who are:

-Pre-engaged

-Premarital

-Everyone from newlyweds to seniors

-Those who wish to enhance a good relationship

-Those needing better conflict management tools

This workshop is NOT suited for couples who are experiencing:

-Severe relationship distress

-Difficulty using technology

-A polyamorous relationship that is NOT the primary dyad

-Emotional abuse

-Domestic violence

-Active addictions, such as drugs & alcohol, sexual addiction, gambling, etc.

-Serious mental health problems in one/both partners

Payment Info

Do you know that we provide services to low- and no-income clients? If you would like to help these efforts, please visit: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=2KY7CDVAAGX6

Accepted Insurance & Payment Options: We currently participate with the following health insurance organizations: AlohaCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HMAA, HMSA/Q, TriCare, and UHA. Out-of-pocket/private pay options are available:

Annual Salary (Combined Household)Initial SessionIndividual Counseling (50 min.)Family Counseling (50 min.)Family Counseling (110 min.)Crisis (Total, per hour)
$40,000/ £28,000 or less$150/ £100$90/ £60$100/ £70$115/ £80$100/ £70
$40,001 to $49,999 (£28,001 to £36,000)$150/ £100$100/ £70$125/ £90$150/ £100$125/ £90
$50,000+ / £36,001+$150/ £100$125/ £90$150/ £100$175/ £125$150/ £100
Second City Counseling Services Sliding Scale Fees

Hourly fees are listed above for clients paying out of pocket or who are not using health insurance. We accept cash, credit/debit, PayPal, and Western Union. Our PayPal store is here. Personal check is accepted from US residents.

Separately, if you become involved in legal proceedings that require my participation, even if you are using health insurance, you will be expected to pay for my professional time even if I am called to testify by another party. Because of the difficulty of legal involvement, I charge $300.00/ £225 per hour for preparation and attendance at any legal proceeding.

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Workshop – The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

This program is based upon the New York Times best seller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D. Straightforward in its approach yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this workshop teaches partners new and startling strategies for making their relationships work.

$250.00

Initial Session Evaluation with Psychotherapy

Flat-rate for private pay clients who are not using health insurance for the first session, which includes an evaluation with psychotherapy.

$150.00

Fee for “No-Show” and Same-day Cancellations

This fee must be paid prior to scheduling a follow-up appointment after a no-show or same-day cancellation.

$50.00

Individual Counseling – 50 min. Income is $40,000/ £28,000 or less

Individual Counseling for private pay clients – 50 min. session – Income is $40,000/ £28,000 or less annually

$90.00

Individual Counseling – 50 min. Income is $40,000/ £28,000 or less

Individual Counseling for private pay clients – 50 min. session – Income is $40,001 to $49,999 (£28,001 to £36,000) annually

$100.00

Individual Counseling – 50 min. Income is $50,000+ / £36,001+

Individual Counseling for private pay clients – 50 min. session. Income is $50,000+ / £36,001+ annually

$125.00

Family Counseling – 50 min. Income is $40,000/ £28,000 or less

Family Counseling for private pay clients – 50 min. session – Income is $40,000/ £28,000 or less annually

$100.00

Family Counseling – 50 min. Income is $40,001 to $49,999 (£28,001 to £36,000)

Family Counseling for private pay clients – 50 min. session – $40,001 to $49,999 (£28,001 to £36,000) annually

$125.00

Family Counseling – 50 min. Income is $50,000+ / £36,001+

Family Counseling for private pay clients – 50 min. session – Income is $50,000+ / £36,001+ annually

$150.00

Family Counseling – 110 min. Income is $40,000/ £28,000 or less

Family Counseling for private pay clients – 110 min. session – Income is $40,000/ £28,000 or less annually

$115.00

Family Counseling – 110 min. Income is $40,001 to $49,999 (£28,001 to £36,000)

Family Counseling for private pay clients – 110 min. session – Income is $40,001 to $49,999 (£28,001 to £36,000) annually

$150.00

Family Counseling for private pay clients – 110 min. session – Income is $50,000+ / £36,001+

Family Counseling for private pay clients – 110 min. session – Income is $50,000+ / £36,001+ annually

$175.00

Crisis Session -30 min.

Flat-rate for private pay clients who are not using health insurance for a crisis session, 30 min.

$75.00

BACP Initial Discount Rate £60

BACP Initial Discount Rate £60

£60.00

Concsessionary Rate – Starting 2023

Flat-rate for private pay clients who are not using health insurance and are currently enrolled in school.

£50.00

Discounted Specialized Rate

For special circumstances arranged ahead of time.

£55.00

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Forms

SCCS is a counseling service– we are not IT specialists. We encourage clients and potential clients to protect themselves and their computers by having adequate virus/malware software protection, researching any suspicious links or apps, and by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), to name a few suggestions.

By downloading any of the following apps or clicking on any of our forms or links, you accept the associated risks, (and benefits!) that come with utilizing online tools and services.  

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***Hawai’i, clients will need to send their intake paperwork via fax (number 1-808-376-0731) or snail mail: Second City Counseling Services ATTN: Amanda Hess – PO Box 700024 – Kapolei, HI USA 96709-0024. 

***UK clients, please talk with us about alternatives for sending your intake paperwork.

Kami offers a free Google Chrome extension to sign PDFs digitally, if needed.

Apps We Love:

  • COVID Coach by US Dept of Veterans Affairs – COVID-19-specific mental wellbeing support
  • Couples Coach by US Dept of Veterans Affairs – Relationship support
  • Gottman Card Decks by the Gottman Institute – Relationship support
  • Insight Timer by Insight Network – Guided meditations and meditation timer
  • Mindfulness Bell by HL Apps – A bell that periodically sounds to remind you to be mindful throughout the day
  • The Love Nudge by Moody Publishers – A fun, habit-forming app that helps you intentionally express love in ways that are most meaningful to your partner.
  • What’s Up by Jackson Tempra – mental wellbeing support and mood tracker

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, including low- or no-income clients who may have difficulty obtaining counseling services.

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Owner: Amanda L. Hess, MSc, CGT, LMFT, LMHC, MBACP

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, the military community, and an outpatient grief support program. She currently volunteers with O’ahu Search and Rescue in her free time.

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.

Ms. Hess has written for the Hawaiian Islands Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Context, the magazine for family therapy and systemic practice in the UK. She has also been featured on Hawai’i’s KUMU 94.7FM. She is a Certified Gottman Therapist and is trained in Culture-Centered Disaster Mental Health Counseling.

Education

High School

San Dimas High School

San Dimas, CA / 1999

College

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, HI

AA, Liberal Arts / 2006

BA, Magna Cum Laude, Psychology / 2007

Graduate School

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, HI

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage & Family / 2012

Licenses & Certifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor / 2014

National Certified Counselor / 2014

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist / 2017

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy / 2018

Certified Disaster Mental Health Counselor / 2020

Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid / 2021

Mental Health Wilderness First Aid / 2021

Certified Gottman Therapist / 2022

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy; (American) National Board for Certified Counselors; British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy; Hawaiian Islands Association for Marriage & Family Therapy; International Association for Counselling

Professional Interests

Attachment-based Therapy; Disaster Mental Health; Gottman Method Couples Therapy; International/Transcultural Counseling; Remote & Rural Mental Health; Schema Therapy; Telehealth/Distance Counseling; Theraplay

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