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Common Questions on Mental Health & Spiritual Counseling

  • What methods of payment do you accept?
  • Do you charge by the hour?
  • Are you accepting new clients?
  • Do you have any advice for me to be successful in psychotherapy?
  • What is so different about Catholic psychotherapy?

You may send cash (which ensures confidentiality), check, or money order by mail to: Gianna Elms, LCSW, LLC dba ForgivePrayLove, 2700 S. Woodlands Village Blvd., Suite 300-244, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 or pay via ACH transfer or with a credit card, via Square.

Generally, yes. My hourly rate is $150 prior to 6:00pm (Arizona time) or $175 for appointments that begin at or after 6:00pm (Arizona time), Monday-Saturday. However, my hourly rate is prorated based on the time of day, with a $40 minimum charge. There are additional fees for time and travel for some concierge (on-site) services and expert services, including a retainer in some situations.

Yes. Let’s talk about how I may be able to help you. Schedule a time to BOOK A CALL. I advise you to thoroughly review my Office Policies (Consent to Treatment) prior to contacting me to schedule an appointment.

Yes. But very few are willing to listen to my advice about that even if they think they want it. There’s a “part” of them that cannot take it. Why? Because there’s a “part” of them that doesn’t want to succeed and that doesn’t want to heal. It’s easier, more comfortable, and less frightening than doing the hard work of psychotherapy, which requires that you be willing to explore your unconscious, recognize that you have emotions and name them, talk about transference and not hide, run away, or bolt when we get to the hard stuff, and that you be willing to replace hate with love.

Success in psychotherapy also requires that you keep the work that you are doing with your psychotherapist, private. If you talk about your psychotherapy with others who don’t have the proper training or medical and mental health professionals who have a different theoretical orientation and often lack the proper training, you will be setting yourself up for failure. It’s like gossip, except worse, because you are participating in it and you are putting yourself at risk of harm by those who know that you are vulnerable. These individuals are master manipulators who are afraid of losing control over you or, in the alternative, having to face their own inadequacies. Either way, it’s unsafe.

Now, you are free to talk about your sessions with anyone that you want however much you want about what happens in your sessions. But when you seek out private psychotherapy, there are really only two individuals who know exactly what happens in the sessions. One of the individuals is, of course, you and the other person is the psychotherapist who is treating you. The entire, psychotherapeutic experience, in my opinion, deserves a great deal of respect and reverence. Still, it is your life, and you are free to tell anyone who will listen to you what you do with your life. You have been given the proper warning.

If you have a legitimate psychological safety concern, this should be discussed with your psychotherapist. Termination is always an option, and this should take place over a period of one to two sessions, without anger, so that you may return at any time. We can discuss more as part of your initial consultation.

Like any other forms of treatment, there’s a range in quality when it comes to the knowledge, skill, and ability of any treatment provider. So, rather than explain the difference between Catholic psychotherapy and traditional psychotherapy in a general sense, I think it’s best to simply share with you what is “so” different about Catholic psychotherapy with ForgivePrayLove, provided by Gianna Elms, LCSW.

My healing work is ordered to psychological and spiritual growth rather than the simple relief of psychiatric symptoms. While I specialize in Forgiveness Therapy, I also work collaboratively with my clients in deciding which methods and modalities their treatment should consist. The length of treatment depends on the nature, the severity, and the extent of the emotional wounds that have afflicted you. Overcoming resistances can take several years, in some cases, if you lacked parental guidance or experienced abuse or other trauma. I believe that if you follow the spiritual counsels that I provide, it will cost you less money, less time, and you will have better results in the end. Perseverance is still the final key to success.

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