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I am Gianna Elms, LCSWI am a psychotherapist and expert consultant with more than
ten different specialties.

I have been so blessed throughout my life, to begin learning about trauma and how to treat and heal it from a very young age. I am so grateful to have been taught by or worked alongside pioneers in the fields of disability rights [1], psychological trauma [2], veterans [3], and spirituality [4]. As much as these experts have taught me, some of the most powerful and gifted teachers I have are my clients. It has been a privilege to learn with them and from them [5]. In the field of disability rights: C. David Roberts, Ph.D., James “Jim” De Jong, James “Jim” Brinkmann, Michael Merrick, and Mark Laird. In the field of psychological trauma: Grandma Lucy, Robert D. Enright, Ph.D., Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D., Rita Witt (Victims of Domestic Violence), and Joseph “Joe” Marinello (Domestic Violence Offenders). In the field specific to veterans: Alex Waigandt, Ph.D. and Dennis Blang. In the field of spirituality: Grandma Lucy, Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D., William Coulson, Ph.D., and Sister Josephine Boyles, OSF.

  • EDUCATION
  • LICENSURE & CERTIFICATION
  • B.S. Disability Studies
  • M.Ed. Educational & Counseling Psychology
  • MSW Clinical Social Work
  • Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Thought
  • ADA Coordinator Certification Program
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker – LCSW
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor – CRC
  • Certified ADA Coordinator – ADAC
  • Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor – CCDVC
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level 2 – CCTP-II
  • Certified Forensic Social Worker – CFSW
  • Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist – ASDCS
  • Registered Clinical Supervisor/Qualified Consultant
  • Certified Storytelling Leader
  • Certified Seizure First Aid
HISTORY

My Life

As I look back on my life today, I understand that there was a plan for me to help people heal from trauma through forgiveness from the beginning. I was the go-to person who even adults relied upon when they struggled with difficult emotions from childhood traumas. I was considered “gifted and talented” in elementary school to the point where they wanted me to be “tested” and placed in “extra classes”, which I hated! I was first nominated to become a peer counselor in middle school. Part of my training included working with adult male offenders who were incarcerated in a medium-level security state prison.
FAST FORWARDI graduated high school early and joined the military. I served as a non-combatant and first-responder. My plan was to become a doctor. But my time in the military resulted in permanent injuries that effectively made that no longer an option. After receiving an honorable discharge and medical retirement as a teenager, I went to college in order to start “exercising my brain”. It wasn’t what it used to be; it was different and it needed to be retrained. I received a B.S. in Disability Studies, an M.Ed. in Education and Counseling Psychology, and an MSW in Clinical Social Work. I also became involved in social justice issues and discovered that I have a gift for researching and writing policy and law. I have even earned a nickname because of the way that my brain works now.

After 25 years of professional experience with trauma, 15 years as a clinician, and a decade of experience, specializing in Forgiveness Therapy, I was humbled to receive an official endorsement on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022, as “the best Forgiveness Therapy clinician in the country” for my work with treating and healing trauma. This endorsement came from the 2022 American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award Winner, Robert D. Enright, Ph.D., who is regarded as “the Father of Forgiveness Therapy” and who Time magazine named “the forgiveness trailblazer”. Dr. Enright has been one of my greatest mentors, as I searched for answers about how to help my clients heal from trauma. I believe that forgiveness is more than a choice. Forgiveness is the opportunity to change the way your story ends. I look forward to being part of your story!

NOTES

[1] In the field of disability rights: C. David Roberts, Ph.D., James “Jim” De Jong, James “Jim” Brinkmann, Michael Merrick, and Mark Laird.

[2] In the field of psychological trauma: Grandma Lucy, Robert D. Enright, Ph.D., Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D., Rita Witt (Victims of Domestic Violence), and Joseph “Joe” Marinello (Domestic Violence Offenders).

[3] In the field specific to veterans: Alex Waigandt, Ph.D. and Dennis Blang.

[4] In the field of spirituality: Grandma Lucy, Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D., William Coulson, Ph.D., and Sister Josephine Boyles, OSF.

[5] I believe that I will always be a lifelong learner because I thrive on learning and that if I am “the best forgiveness therapy clinician in the country” and “the most qualified to train other clinicians” based on my experience in treating and healing trauma, including complex trauma, I can only be the best if I continue to learn and grow from the best teachers. However, I am my own person. I have the confidence to trust my training and my ability to interpret the unconscious and assist in the healing of the hearts of others. This is all possible because of what I’ve learned and continue to learn, each and every day. It’s my passionate desire to learn that has even saved lives.

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