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 Health Care & Expert Consultation

Services and Specialties

With specializations in over 10 different areas of therapy, wellness and expertise, Gianna Elms, LCSW offers a wide variety of services tailored to fit your needs. Below is the list of services offered as a means to aid you in your pursuit for wellness and social justice.

  • Psychotherapy
  • Alcohol and Substance Counseling
  • Forgiveness Therapy Academy™
  • 4Giveness+™
  • Anger
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • 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 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.

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
National Association of Forensic Counselors

How I Can Help

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

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Clinical & Expert Consultation

Gianna’s clinical consultation service is available to other licensed clinicians, provisionally licensed, and some graduate students. Gianna also provides expert testimony in a number of areas related to mental health, disability, trauma, and more.

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Forgiveness Therapy Academy™

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.


My Approach

Traditional & Evidence-Based

All of the services that I provide are based on research, the law, 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.

Gianna is an excellent therapist. She’s a compassionate and trustworthy advocate. I was treated by Gianna for a couple of years with psychotherapy for complex trauma related to anger at my mother who was abusive to me throughout my childhood and into adulthood. I learned through the course of our work together that I also had anger at my father because he did nothing to protect me and enabled my mother. Gianna acknowledged and compassionately understood my pain. I learned that I am capable of making my own decisions and that I no longer have to run and hide from the world. Gianna also taught me how to set healthy boundaries for self-protection from other potential abusers and to help me to not become a version of my mother. I now have peace, hope, and joy that I am on the path for which I was made. I am so grateful that Gianna was able to help me with such a complex situation of domestic violence and trauma.
Mary H.
Gianna is the only therapist that I have fully trusted with my pain. I was on the verge of losing my career and my family because of my difficulty with anger management. Gianna was able to identify that my anger was just a cover for my pain and even identified the source of my pain within the first session. Even though I acted like a jerk at times, Gianna always treated me as a person worthy of dignity and respect. As a result, Gianna taught me how to forgive my father for abusing me when I was a child. Gianna also helped me to learn how to have healthy communication, especially when I feel triggered. After psychotherapy with Gianna, I became a better husband, father, and manager at work.
Michael C.
Gianna is a passionate and deliberate therapist. Gianna provided me the space and time to hear what was going on in my life and to see my life differently. I was initially looking for help to sort out all my disillusionment and anxiety about my husband’s struggle with alcohol. I learned that I could not control my husband’s addiction and that I needed to work on myself, psychologically and spiritually. Gianna helped me to work through trauma from my formative years and enlightened me about other dysfunctional relationships that were actually harmful to me and my marriage. I so appreciated Gianna’s approach to teaching me about my unconscious and forgiveness because she provided me a simple, easy, and practical way to understand and implement how and why it would help me heal. It also was not in conflict with my faith and actually supported and strengthened my faith.
Sophia G.
Gianna is an amazing advocate for the blind and other people with disabilities. She knows the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act like the back of her hand. When she was my counselor, she went to bat for me to help me get a ground-breaking piece of adaptive equipment so that I could maintain my job even at the risk of losing her job as a new counselor. She thought that I was worth the risk and she believed that she was right about the law. In the end, she proved that she was right and we avoided having to go through any appeal or get my lawyer involved. It was such a smooth process once she became my counselor. She’s awesome!
Lloyd B.
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