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 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
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 understands that forgiveness is central to healing trauma and specializes in forgiveness therapy, 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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Spiritual Counseling and Direction

Gianna’s healing approach is focused on psychological and spiritual growth. She will integrate prayer, fasting, and a sincere study of the Catholic faith for clients who are seeking more than simply the relief of psychiatric symptoms.


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.

Even the faithful often believe that God is an angry, narcissistic, controlling parent who will punish us and our enemies. Nothing can be further from the truth. We are the only ones who can punish ourselves. I wonder if it will ever stop being a mystery to me. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
I was able to overcome so much anger and pain, and there’s no other way that I would have been able to do it. It was because of my willingness to be a fool in love of Christ without letting anything hold me back from him that I finally found my way to Him. Thanks be to God!
I stopped trying to control others and focused on learning how to have command authority over my mind, body, heart, and soul. I learned to trust in God’s mercy, perfect justice, and to surrender to God’s providence. My marriage was saved and I reconciled with my children.
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