6 Hannahstown Road
BT28 3TB
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Associations I belong to

The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA)

Dr Melania Anna Duca-Canavan

Melania Anna Duca-Canavan, PhD is a Complementary Medical Association Fellow Member registered private practitioner working in Lisburn (NI), United Kingdom. She's also an Italian University Professor of Logics and Philosophy of Mind. She has published many books and papers, directed and attended various international conferences. In 2015, Prof. Duca-Canavan was awarded an important Italian recognisement: "Excellence in Medical History Research" for having discovered the first theorisation of a "moral therapy" applied in the early 19th century to treat mental illness. She's also Founder and CEO of the MC International Events Planning Limited and Director of its Foundation for the Experimental Research and Development on Social Sciences and Humanities. As an ex athlete and Psychoanalyst (PgD) Dr. Duca-Canavan is currently working on a project called "Equibridge" involving European Equestrian Societies and local facilities in order to apply the behavioural science know-how to sport performance improvement. Among her patients, whose names are obviously covered by professional secrecy, we find also a few signatures of the international sport world.

Areas of expertise: traumas, stress, eating disorders, relationship counselling and therapy, marital and family therapy, group therapy, homo/bisexuality, smoking cessation, weight loss, self-improvement, sport performance improvement.

Methods: psychoanalytic psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, REBT, HT, equine assisted therapy. 

Copyrights and trademarks: PAP - Psychoanalysis for Athletic Performance ; Biopsysis - Biocentric Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Duca-Canavan generally does not treat psychiatric disorders with the exception of a few specific syndromes such as Borderline Personality and Asperger disorders, exclusively as an additional support to a regular and well documented psycho and pharmacotherapy.

Insurance Policies No: ZUR-CMA/17/04/215-BQBTFFX ; IICT/DUCAME1/18.

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International associations I belong to:

International Biocentric Psychoanalysis Institute (Head)

International Neuropsychoanalysis Society
International Society for the History of Medicine
Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, London


…I believe that experience is all. I believe that Sport Performance Improvement is a challenge, even harder than competing. During these years I have worked with a few patients, athletes of various disciplines and each of them was a unique enigma to solve, a unique puzzle to assemble... I like working ‘sul campo’ – we would say in Italian, which means ‘on site’, watching my athletes competing after an intense period of work together, collecting data, supporting them before and after their performance. My approach is very practical. It is based on a new philosophy of psychotherapy called Biocentric Psychoanalysis©®, which is now accepted in 26 Countries including UK. (MA DC for the British Horse Society Official Magazine) 


What people say


I met Dr. Duca-Canavan during a competition I won, sponsored by MC International and I got to know and really appreciate how Psychoanalysis works if applied to sport performance improvement. I would certainly recommend.
Linda McI., dressage athlete (NI)


Melania’s PAP is really worth looking into, as the level of competition grows ever higher, there is only so much the rider and horse can achieve within their physical training partnership. PAP is the obvious ‘bar raiser’ to achieving dreams, goals and ambitions whether as an amateur or professional rider.
Norma W., EC Admin. (NI)


My experience with PAP and Biopsysis has been positive, I could solve my insomnia issue, felt better after only a few sessions and now that several months are passed I can say that I still sleep and feel well rested, I can even remember my dreams! All this, definitely improved my quality of life, relationships and sport results.
Linda McI., dressage athlete (NI)


Applied Psychoanalysis helped me to improve my results through the months and different levels of competitions. I feel more confident and emotionally well-balanced and I perceive a better connection with my horse. I would definitely recommend it for Sport.
Linda McI., dressage athlete (NI)


That never ending urge is no more, that need when a bit of pressure comes to reach for that trusty pack of cigarettes is gone. Having undertaken the Smoking Cessation Hypnotherapy by Melania (yes, I know what you are thinking: he is only saying this...), believe me, having smoked for over 30 years... it has worked for me. No more mood swings due to nicotine deprivation and I look at life differently now and with a more contented and open approach to it!
Brian C., MCI COO


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