Staff Therapist Q&A: Gianna Saviano, AMFT

Pinnacle Counseling enjoys providing our different therapists with the opportunity to introduce themselves, highlighting their unique clinical and personal interests.

What led you to become an MFT?

From an early age, I’ve felt most energized when around other people. Through conversation and quality time, I was able to grow and learn a lot about myself and others. I came to strongly value relationships and connection with others, and would not be where I am today without the significant relationships I have with people in my life. I also established a bond with yoga and mind-body connection in my teens, which quickly proved to be beneficial for understanding my emotions. Furthermore, I developed a strong interest in sex therapy and human sexuality during college – and knew I had to integrate this passion into my life in some way. Marriage and family therapy allowed me the opportunity to incorporate my value of relationships, with my interests in sexuality and mind-body connection, in a way that felt meaningful to me.

How would you describe your therapeutic approach/style?

I believe therapy is a collaborative process between myself and my clients. My perspective is holistic, and my priority is to create a safe, supportive, and reflective environment that invites clients to gain insight, achieve stability, and accomplish goals. When appropriate and desired by the client, I incorporate yoga-informed therapy which includes both breathwork and movement/postures that promote stress relief, help process internal experiences, and create a deeper mind-body connection.

Are there any client systems or presenting problems you especially enjoy working with?

Although I have worked with all client systems and a wide variety of presenting problems, I especially enjoy working with both individuals and couples who experience concerns with intimacy, sexual difficulties/dysfunctions, couple conflict, anxiety, and mind-body connection.

What are a few of the books/resources you often recommend to clients?

State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel – For a unique perspective on love, desire, and understanding/overcoming infidelity.

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn – For understanding and incorporating mindfulness meditation into daily life.

Come as You Are by Emily Natagowski – For individuals and couples seeking education on women’s sexuality, and how to use this information to get a satisfying and fulfilling sex life.

Headspace, Calm, or The Mindfulness App – Three mindfulness meditation apps that make practicing relaxation techniques easy and attainable.

What advice do you have for clients who may be nervous or apprehensive to begin therapy?

That it’s a common response! Beginning anything new or unknown can be nerve-racking, however it also has the potential to be an exciting and positive experience. The good news is, there’s nothing you can’t talk about in therapy. So, if you’re starting therapy with some apprehension, discuss this with your therapist. Together, you and your therapist can explore and identify ways to ease some of those nerves so that you can have a meaningful experience.

Gianna sees clients in both the Andersonville and Loop offices. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact her today!

Natalie Underway