Zarina Giannone

Dr Zarina Giannone

Psychoeducational Assessment, Sports Psychology, Telehealth (Virtual Treatment + Consultations)

Dr. Zarina Giannone completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia and is currently an applicant to the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. She is a former high-performance soccer player whose experiences in sport have shaped her therapeutic work. Dr. Giannone utilizes an action-oriented and collaborative approach that helps clients embrace their strengths and identify solutions to demanding life circumstances. She is deeply committed to helping people achieve their goals, conquer their fears, and reach their full potential.  



Dr Giannone believes that every person deserves to be seen, heard, and valued. She seeks to create a climate of trust and safety, where she can join with clients to foster lasting change and healing. Dr. Giannone values principles of cultural humility and is experienced working with people from different walks of life and cultures, including LGBTQ2+ persons and those with diverse abilities and characteristics. She has completed specialized training in sport and performance psychology that focuses on skills development and excellence in high pressure, performance contexts such as sport, performing arts, business, military, and emergency medicine. All treatments that she provides are evidence-based and draw upon the latest scientific research. 

Dr Giannone provides treatment and consultation for adolescents and adults in the following areas:

  • Generalized and social anxiety
  • Depression and mood regulation
  • Stress and adjustment
  • Identity and self-esteem
  • Relationship and interpersonal concerns
  • Workplace conflict and academic challenges
  • Sport psychology and performance enhancement

Dr Giannone also conducts the following assessments with adolescents and adults:

  • Psychodiagnostic assessments (e.g. depression, anxiety, PTSD)
  • Psychovocational assessments (e.g., occupational rehabilitation, career transition)
  • Psychoeducational assessments (e.g. learning disorders, ADHD)

Dr Giannone is skilled at using a wide range of therapeutic approaches that are tailored to the unique needs of each client including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Humanistic and relational therapy

Dr Giannone served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and as an Instructor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.  She is a passionate leader and served as a Director on the Canadian Psychological Association Board of Directors and the British Columbia Psychological Association Board of Directors. Dr Giannone has a special interest in progressing policy, research, and psychological treatment for mental health in sport. Her award-winning research focuses on identity development and intervention among athletes and adults throughout the life span.



  • British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA)
Doctorate (PhD) in Counselling Psychology – University of British Columbia

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – University of British Columbia