Adriana  DeMello

Adriana DeMello

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, evening, & daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated November 13, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Eating disorders
  • Infertility counseling
  • Relationships
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and international students
  • Marital distress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight management
  • Chronic illness
  • Academic issues
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • College & graduate student mental health

Professional statement

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.

Contact Adriana using the form or by texting 401-374-5642.

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.


Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns

Infertility counseling - Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression

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

Undergraduate, graduate, and international students - Supporting college, graduate, and international students through school, academics, and life transitions

Marital distress - Therapy for couples in committed relationships, designed to help partners address relationship challenges, navigate difficult conversations, and identify useful communication and problem-solving techniques.

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Weight management - Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image

Chronic illness - Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens

Academic issues - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life

Existential challenges / crises - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160
  • Initial session: $175

Therapist's note

Adriana can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Providence practice

325 Angell Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1994 - Present
Butler Hospital, Staff, 1992 - 1999
McLean Hospital, Staff, 1987 - 1992
Boston College, Masters of Social Work, 1990


  • English
  • Portuguese