Carly Elms, M.Ed., LMSW, CRC

Director & Family Therapist at Franciscan Forgiveness Center
Independence Missouri 64050


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Contact Information

  • Practice
  • Franciscan Forgiveness Center
  • Logo
  • Franciscan Forgiveness Center Company Logo by Carly Elms, M.Ed., LMSW, CRC in Independence MO
  • Position
  • Director & Family Therapist
  • Phone Number
  • 816-560-3227
  • Location
  • 2100 N Noland Rd
    Independence, MO 64050
    United States

Practice Details

  • Work With

  • adolescents, adults, couples, families, In-Home Therapy, Office Visit, Telephone/Online Video Counseling
  • Message from Therapist

  • My goal as a Family Therapist with the Franciscan Forgiveness Center is to provide professional therapeutic techniques with the fundamental truths and spirituality of the Catholic faith. I believe that prayer and fasting, combined with a sincere study of the faith, are essential to healing emotional wounds. I also believe that psychotherapy, when done right, is prayer. It's prayer for the grace to recognize your anger, abstain from unconscious defenses, and forgive out of love for God, self, and your offender(s).   

    If you have problems in relationships, lacked affirmation from one or both of your parents, or experienced abuse at some time in your life, feelings of anger and resentment are likely to control you for the rest of your life. But, revenge won't heal a broken heart. Only the ability to forgive and love will. Take the first step towards freedom by scheduling your appointment today!



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    Practice Info

  • Bio:
  • Carly serves as a family therapist with the Franciscan Forgiveness Center. Along with her Masters in Clinical Social Work (MSW), she has a Masters of Education in Educational & Counseling Psychology (M.Ed.). Prior work experience includes her positions as a therapist at a local domestic violence shelter, counselor for the blind, transition counselor for youth with disabilities, and nurse in the U.S. Air Force.

    Carly is originally from a small town in the desert of California. She relocated to Kansas City with her husband in an effort to provide a better life for their son. It was there that they heard God's call and converted to the Catholic faith.
  • Hours of Operation
  • Available for day, evening, and weekend appointments. In-home therapy is available on a limited basis.
  • Accepted Forms of Payments
  • Cash, Check, Credit/Debit Cards, HSA/FSA Cards
  • Credentials, Training, Qualifications:
  • MSW - Clinical Social Work
    M.Ed. - Rehabilitation Counseling
    B.S. - Disability Studies

    Forgiveness Therapy Certificate - International Forgiveness Institute

    Psychoanalytic Fellow - Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center
  • What licenses do you currently hold?:
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
    Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
  • Are you in private practice?:
  • No
  • Are you available to provide supervision services?:
  • Yes
  • If yes, what are your certifications to provide supervision?:
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
  • Do you participate in any insurance plans?:
  • Yes
  • If yes, please list:
  • If you request, I will provide you a detailed receipt for you to be reimbursed. I do take HSA and Flex spending debit cards as well. Please contact me with any questions that you may have about how this works.
  • Telephone/Video counseling:
  • No
  • Please list all languages that you speak:
  • English
  • I treat the following:
  • Individuals, Married Couples, Adolescents, Families, Geriatrics, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Victims, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Child Bearing Loss, Post Abortion Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Scrupulosity, Dissociative Disorders
  • Other Specialties:
  • Domestic Violence
    Religious Communities
  • I use the following methods:
  • Prayer, Behavior Techniques, Cognitive Techniques, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Other
  • Please describe other treatment methods
  • Forgiveness Therapy
  • Are You A Practicing Catholic?
  • Yes

More About Carly Elms, M.Ed., LMSW, CRC

After being inspired by a vision to promote healing within families, I partnered with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist to establish the Franciscan Forgiveness Center. While I specialize in forgiveness therapy, I believe that all forms of therapy are about learning how to forgive and let go of pain by replacing it with love. I also believe that prayer and fasting, combined with a sincere study of the faith, are essential to healing emotional pain. 

We have a chapel on-site where you may spend time in prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament before or after your therapy session. Other amenities on the peaceful property include a walking trail, retreat house, library, and bookstore. Because my practice is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist, a percentage of all revenue supports the Sisters and their other ministries.

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