Giannina Cipolloni, MS, LPC, CMPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. Giannina earned her Master’s degree from Holy Family University with a concentration in Student Affairs/Higher Education. Prior to her time at Holy Family, Giannina attained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and also studied and excelled in graduate classes at Temple University in the Psychology of Movement (Sport Psychology) program.
As a former Division I and professional athlete, Giannina has a special interest in working with athletes and performers of all ages and levels.
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 in 2018 to athletes from all over the world. Aside from psychotherapy, Giannina is an experienced and Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), in which she trains athletes and performers on building skills like focus/concentration, arousal and emotional regulation, building confidence and motivation with tools and strategies that include, but are not limited to: relaxation techniques, self-talk, routines, managing stress/pressure, imagery/visualization, goal setting, recovering/returning from injury, etc.
Giannina competed at an elite level in both basketball and softball. As a teen, she played at a high level of AAU and two years of Varsity high school basketball before devoting her athletic career to softball. In high school, Giannina finished her softball career with a number of accolades that led to being inducted into her high school’s Hall of Fame. Giannina continued her athletic and academic success at the University of Virginia, where she was a 4-year starter and leadoff batter. At UVA, she broke the single season and career stolen base record, and is in the top 10 of many 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 in 2013, the year they led the nation in home-runs. Giannina has also coached at the 14U, 16U, and 18U age group in softball, finishing 13th in the nation at PGF in 2015, 5th at PGF in 2016, and winning the WFC nationals in 2014.
Giannina’s approach to therapy begins with meeting the individual where they are in their lives and creating a safe, non-judgmental space to work on identifying their strengths and challenges. She incorporates strengths-based, solution-focused, CBT, and ACT therapeutic models within her practice, as well as neurofeedback (see the ‘Neurofeedback’ page on our website to learn more).
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.