Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Couples therapy
- Eating disorders
- Undergraduate, graduate, and international students
- Marital distress
Adriana DeMello is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island. She specializes in working with undergraduate, graduate, and international students, as well as couples and individuals struggling with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. She speaks both English and Portuguese, and enjoys working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Adriana supports couples through a variety of challenges, including marriage related concerns, separation, infidelity, and infertility challenges. For couples dealing with infertility, she helps clients cope through various stages, including IVF, IUI, and the adoption process. Adriana sees couples of all ages, including graduate and medical students.
Adriana is trained in psychodynamic and family systems background, and incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in her work as well. Prior to private practice, Adriana worked at Butler Hospital and McLean Hospital. She completed her training at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Adriana received her MA in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and has been practicing for nearly 30 years.
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
- Brown University Student Insurance
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
Initial appointment: $175
Ongoing sessions: $160
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Adriana can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I understand that entering into therapy can be very challenging so finding the right therapist is essential in making this process a success."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1994 - Present
Butler Hospital, Staff, 1992 - 1999
McLean Hospital, Staff, 1987 - 1992
Boston College, Masters of Social Work, 1990