Giannina has been involved in athletics, as a player and a coach, for over 20 years. She believes athletes and performers can improve their physical skills by incorporating mental training that will enhance their performance. Giannina delivered mental skills training as a summer mental conditioning coach at the world-renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Here she worked with an eclectic group of athletes in sports such as baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track & field. Aside from psychotherapy, Giannina holds a specific set of skills that allows her to work with individuals beyond the clinical setting. Some of these expertise skills include, but are not limited to: focus/concentration, relaxation techniques, building confidence, handling pressure, controlling the controllables, imagery/visualization, goal setting, recovering from injury, consistency.
Giannina competed at an elite level in both basketball and softball. As a teen, she played AAU and two years of Varsity high school basketball before devoting her athletic career to softball. In high school, Giannina played for Nazareth Academy and finished her career with two championship wins, two MVPs, and her jersey number retired. Giannina continued her athletic and academic success at the University of Virginia, where she was a 4-year starter in centerfield and leadoff batter. At UVA, she broke the single season stolen base record (32), the career stolen base record (89), and is in the top 10 of a few other career categories. After her collegiate career, Giannina played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league for the NY/NJ Comets and played with and against the best of the best in the sport of softball.
Giannina’s coaching career began immediately after college, coaching the 12U California Worth Firecrackers to a national PGF championship. She then coached as a graduate assistant for the Temple University softball team, where they led the nation in homeruns. Giannina has also coached at the 14U and 16U age group, finishing 13th in the nation at PGF in 2015, 5th at PGF in 2016, and winning the WFC nationals in 2014.
Giannina continues to use her athleticism and mental toughness to run Spartan Obstacle Course Races in her spare time, varying in distances from 3-5miles, 8-10 miles, and 13-15 miles. She has finished 10 Spartan races altogether and completed 2 Spartan Trifectas.
Giannina’s playing and coaching experience combined has given her the strong foundation of learning and teaching life skills through sports, which she believes leads to a lifestyle of excellence. Her passion for athletics and also helping athletes achieve their goals, on the field and in life, is her driving force for doing counseling and performance coaching. Giannina enjoys working with individuals, but also thrives working in a group or team setting. She continues to embody the role of a coach in sessions and strives to empower those she works with to eventually “coach” themselves.