Child and Family Therapist | Senior Social Worker
BSocWk (Hons1), MCounPsyThWoolloongabba
Adriana Cope is a Senior Social Worker with 20+ years’ experience working as a Child and Family Therapist with children and young people aged 4 years to 18 years, and offers parenting support and couple counselling.
Adriana’s expertise spans anxiety and depression, grief and loss, trauma recovery, coping with illness and disability, sexual health and identity, life transitions, school refusal, self-esteem, assertiveness training and social skills, bullying, anger, separation anxiety, attachment, family separation and divorce, substance misuse, sexualised behaviours, and protective behaviours. She is experienced in supporting children and young people with developmental disorders and learning difficulties.
Adriana seeks to understand the ways people cope with change and emotional pain, patterns of behaviour and their functional aspects, strengths, and areas for growth. She provides a safe therapeutic space that facilitates change and is passionate about emotional health and wellbeing.
Adriana has a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Policy (Hons 1) from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
She started her career at the Mater Children’s Hospital and has worked across health and community services as a mental health social worker. She returned to Mater Health in 2016, counselling children, young people and families. She then moved into a senior leadership role and worked with an allied health team in establishing Queensland’s first youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) therapeutic residential program for young people with problematic substance use.
Adriana has been a university lecturer since 2006 and currently works with the University of Southern Queensland. She is an accredited member with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Further information and resources:
- Raising Children Network – parenting information and resources
- Dovetail – Queensland Youth AOD Services Guide
- The Gottman Institute – marriage and couple resources
- Butterfly Foundation – support for eating disorders and body image issues
- Australian Childhood Foundation – support for children and families in uncertainty and crisis.