Forgiveness is Freedom from Suffering


Suffering is a part of our lives. Don’t let anger, depression, and anxiety control you anymore. Forgiveness is freedom from suffering.

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Psychotherapy & Spiritual Counseling

Services and Specialties

ForgivePrayLove™ offers psychotherapy in the Catholic mystic tradition with the hope that more people will experience healing through what Gianna Elms, LCSW has learned from her best teacher. Services are tailored to fit your needs. Below is a list of services offered as a means to aid you in your pursuit for wellness and holy living.

  • Catholic Psychotherapy
  • Alcohol and Substance Counseling
  • Spiritual Counseling/Direction
  • 4Giveness+™
  • Trauma & Abuse
  • Anger
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Shame and Self-Hatred
  • Migraine and Chronic Pain
  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)
  • Project GIANNA™
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“Forgiveness is like a muscle memory in the unconscious that connects to the heart, which needs to be exercised regularly so that we never forget.”

– Gianna Elms, LCSW

HOW GIANNA WORKSHealing From Trauma


Discovery of the Unconscious Cannot Be Controlled

The first step to successful psychotherapy is learn that you have emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant, and how to recognize and name them. Gianna will listen carefully to what you say, focus on meaningful points of your speech, and then help you articulate the emotions.

Become Enlightened that the Past Lives in the Present

The second step is to learn that all the unpleasant and frightening emotions which you have been pushing out of awareness all of your life have been the secret causes of all the problems and conflicts you have been experiencing all your life. Therefore, you must examine your past very carefully so as to make a conscious, enlightened connection between your repressed emotions and your behavioral problems. This scrutiny will show you how your life, up to now, has been largely controlled by unconscious repetition of old emotional conflicts. Gianna is not supposed to be a paid friend or nanny. Gianna’s job is to teach you what you failed to learn in childhood about emotional honesty in relationships.

Make a Conscious Decision to Heal and Live for the Greater Good

Having mastered the previous step so that you can easily recognize how the problems from the past have been influenced by your emotions, you can now learn to recognize your emotions right in the present, as they occur in the moment, and then make a conscious decision to surrender to God’s will, recognizing that you are completely and totally dependent upon Him and that anger didn’t get you anywhere, anyway. Make a conscious decision to do something new, something more healthy and beneficial to your well-being and the greater good, rather than merely being controlled by the unconscious repetition of old emotional conflicts by choosing to live a holy life and doing whatever it takes to stay safe on the journey.

Forgiveness promotes wellness and it’s good for the soul

Gianna Elms, LCSW

How I Can Help

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Catholic Psychotherapy

Gianna’s healing approach is focused on psychological and spiritual growth in the Catholic mystic tradition. Gianna understands that forgiveness is necessary to healing trauma and specializes in 4Giveness+™, which is based on the moral teachings of Christ.

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Alcohol and Substance Counseling

Gianna uses a biopsychosocial model with her clients who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse, which includes the integration of the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church and its healing properties.

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Project GIANNA™

Gianna provides educational services, namely, conducting workshops, classes, and training in the field of psychotherapy, trauma-informed therapy, and therapy or counseling specifically adapted for people who experience disabilities or who care for people who experience disabilities who seek to integrate the teachings of the Catholic faith.


My Approach


All of the services that I provide are based on research, ages of wisdom, and real-world experience, which I individualize based on your unique and specific needs.

Private and Accessible Services

I use tele-therapy to assist more people who want a private, secure, and convenient way to get help.

In-Person and Remote Options

Appointments by phone or audio or video conferencing. Concierge (on-site) consultations are also available.

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