Braemar House
82 Church Street
County Down
BT25 1AA
United Kingdom

Associations I belong to

The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA)

Melania Anna Duca

Prof Dr Melania Canavan is a highly qualified Consultant Psychotherapist with several years of experience both as a clinician and in behavioural science research, now practising at Orthoderm Clinic Private Hospital Hillsborough. Among the modalities offered at Dr Canavan’s practice are a few innovative tools for mental health treatment such as virtual reality exposure therapy within the context of a psychoanalytic approach to mind investigation, which was found to be very helpful in cases of psychological trauma, generalised anxiety disorder in adults, clinical depression, stress and anger management, and sport performance. Dr Canavan specialises particularly in high functioning autism and long-term prognosis such as Asperger syndrome and psychological support to lately diagnosed “gifted” children. Dr Canavan provides a 24/7 service available to her Contractees which also includes the possibility for home visits, certificates and prescriptions for herbal supplements and examinations if relevant to therapy.

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)


My name is Maria and I am from Italy. I started my journey with Melania to learn some English due to my career needs in social work, having to deal with minors at risk, some of them belonging to other ethnicities, speaking different languages or having various difficulties. I have to say that I was sceptical before about the possibility of “unblocking” my English knowledge from High School, in such a short time, and improving my accent and pronunciation in order to be able to sustain a clear, efficient conversation with English and other language speakers. Especially as it has been a very long time since I practiced it. In Italy, we do not often exercise the languages we learn at school. Everything is in Italian here, sign posts, movies, songs, books, University programmes… at times, translated very badly. I met my tutor Melania in Milan, where she teaches, a few months ago and the lessons we are having via Skype (I work all day and Skype is actually an incredibly helpful tool nowadays…) are brilliant! She has such a way to teach that it has permitted me to overcome the “shame” and self-confidence issues that I felt towards the fact that I was not so good at English as I feel now. I have learnt straight after that Melania is also a therapist and I understand now how the two things can be related. I wanted to share my personal experience because I truly believe that learning a new language is also learning a new culture and this can be often “traumatic”. I have a Master Degree in Social Sciences and I know that teaching is a very delicate profession and must require an exceptional sensitivity. (...)
Maria R., social educator (Italy)


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


I always felt anxious and "in a rush" and I never really got to enjoy the present. After only a few sessions, Dr. Duca-Canavan helped me put things into perspective and I now feel a sense of calm, everything seems running slower and I try not to stretch myself too far. Doing so had a positive effect on the time spent with my horse schooling and competing.
Meaghann C., dressage athlete (NI)


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