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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Mental Healthcare & Spiritual Counseling

Services and Specialties

With specializations in over 10 different areas of therapy, wellness, and expertise, ForgivePrayLove, in association with Gianna Elms, LCSW, offers a wide variety of services 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
  • Forgiveness Therapy
  • Trauma & Abuse
  • Anger
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Shame and Self-Hatred
  • Migraine and Chronic Pain
  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)
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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 learning to recognize that you have emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant, 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 your life, up to now, has been largely controlled by the unconscious repetition of old emotional conflicts. Gianna’s job is to teach you what you didn’t learn in childhood about emotional honesty in relationships by speaking the truth in all things, so that you can learn how to relate to others in a healthy way. Gianna is not a paid friend or nanny.

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

The final step includes learning to recognize your emotions right in the present, at the very moment that they occur, and then making a conscious decision to surrender to God’s will, recognizing that you are completely and totally dependent upon Him and that anger doesn’t get you anywhere, anyway. Choose to do something new, something more healthy and beneficial to your well-being and the greater good.

Forgiveness promotes wellness and it’s good for the soul

Gianna Elms, LCSW
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist Certificate Professional - Evergreen Certification
Clinical Trauma Professional Level 2 - Evergreen Certification - Certified Professional

How I Can Help

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Catholic Psychotherapy

Gianna works collaboratively with her clients when deciding which methods to use for short-term and longer-term treatments. Gianna also discovered that forgiveness is central to healing trauma and specializes in forgiveness therapy.

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Alcohol and Substance Counseling

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

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Spiritual Direction and Counseling

Gianna uses prayer, fasting, and a sincere study of the Catholic faith with clients who are not simply seeking the relief of psychiatric symptoms. Her healing approach is focused on psychological and spiritual growth.


My Approach


All of the services that I provided 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 reach 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.

I first sought out help from Gianna because I thought it was possible to “fix” my husband. After several years of marriage, I found myself in a domestic violence situation that seemed hopeless. I still wanted to believe that if I stayed it would make him change and that he actually wanted to stop abusing me, alcohol, and drugs. Gianna helped me to understand that healthy boundaries were not in conflict with my faith. I learned that I could still love my husband and teach my children to love him, without continuing to enable him or put myself and my children in danger. Gianna helped me secure a safety plan for myself and my children. She also taught me how to implement effective ways to help my family cope with the effects of substance abuse. Every day, I am reminded that forgiveness, prayer, and love strengthen me.
Julie K.
Gianna is very knowledgeable of the unconscious and it’s impossible to keep secrets from her because she will figure you out. She diagnosed my anger at my father in the first session. After only a few more sessions, she also figured out that I was a fraud and that when I do things that hurt others, it’s all a game to me. This was our most productive session because I admitted to her why I do what I do after she called me out in a non-judgmental way. I knew that I could trust her and that she wouldn’t treat me any differently even after I told her my deep, dark, secret. Gianna really believes and lives what she teaches as a Catholic therapist.
Phil R.
Gianna has a gift. Therapy was much harder than I thought. After only two sessions, I was overwhelmed with thoughts about my childhood even though that’s not what I talked about in the sessions. I wanted to quit and focus on trying to live a happy life. Gianna said that this is normal and that it is called “resistance”, so I didn’t give up. Gianna was empathetic and compassionate as she listened to and acknowledged my pain. She also helped me to understand that some of my responses to problems that my family experienced contributed to their pain. This wasn’t what I wanted to hear. But it was the truth. I learned that I don’t need to try to be in control to protect myself from feeling afraid and that forgiveness was necessary for me to experience healing.
Jean D.
I was in a troubled marriage and I searched for a Catholic therapist. My husband was living a double life and I was so stuck in my illusion of my made-up world that I wasn’t seeing clearly. I thought that if I just kept pretending that everything was “ok”, then it would be. Gianna helped me to see that I was using denial as a defense and that it was not in conflict with my Catholic faith to set healthy boundaries with my husband and ask him to change. Over the course of time, I learned that he has a personality disorder and that he got pleasure out of hurting me and others. Because of his refusal to participate in counseling or change his behavior, I separated from him for the protection of my soul. Gianna helped me immensely through learning how to forgive, which was how I was able to heal. She respected my desire to remain faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Gianna is a conservative, Catholic therapist and all of her techniques are consistent with the traditional teachings of the Church.
Sandy W.
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