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County Antrim
BT28 3TB
United Kingdom

Associations I belong to

The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA)

Dr Melania Anna Duca-Canavan

Dr. Melania A. Duca-Canavan is a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists, a Fellow of the Complementary Medical Association and a private practitioner working in Lisburn (NI), United Kingdom. She's also an Italian University Professor of Logic 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 MC International Events & Training Limited and Director of its Foundation for Experimental Research and Development on Social Sciences and Humanities. As an ex athlete and Biocentric Psychoanalyst 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: trauma, anxiety, stress, insomnia, eating disorders, relationship counselling and therapy, marital and family therapy, group therapy, homo/bisexuality, BDSM, smoking cessation, weight loss, self-improvement, sport performance improvement.

Methods: psychoanalytic psychotherapy, variations of: CBT, DBT, REBT, HT, equine assisted therapy, virtual reality therapy, floatation tank therapy, indoor skydiving therapy.

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

Dr. Duca-Canavan does not generally treat severe 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/pharmacotherapy. Dr. Duca-Canavan does not release medical diagnosis, only certified personality tests.

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


Professional registration is an important milestone for any technician. It establishes your proven knowledge, understanding and competence. Awarded by licensed bodies, professional registration is based on knowledge, competence and commitment to professionalism.

Here are my professional memberships for you to check:

(National Council of Psychotherapists) NCP reg. number
• 305739
(Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology: Division 39 of the American Psychological Association) APA reg. number
• 00250480
(Complementary Medical Association) CMA reg. number
• P201712190001

Other International Associations I belong to:
- International Integrative Psychotherapy Association
- 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


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…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. (Dr. Duca-Canavan 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)


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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