Dr Melania Duca’s Private Psychotherapy Practice

Orthoderm Private Medical Clinic, Psychotherapy Clinical Department, 2 Ballynahinch Road, Down, BT26 6AR
Dr Duca can help you with: - Psychological trauma - Grief - Generalised anxiety disorder in adults - Clinical depression -...
My Services:

After having taught for 7 years at the Faculty of Psychology of an Italian private University, I moved to Northern Ireland where I founded Athena Mental Health which I now direct as the CEO.

We offer psychotherapy services and postgraduate training for the licensing of private mental health professionals.  

I am a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists (UK) where I served as Ethics Committee Member and currently offer Clinical Supervision. At my office in Bangor and once a week in a private medical clinic in Hillsborough, I treat adults, families, and couples. I provide my services both in person and online.

I specialized in neurodivergence and personality disorders. I have experience in working with marginalized and vulnerable groups such as LGBTQ+ clients; counselling the families of people with Borderline and EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder), marriages with Asperger’s SyndromeOCPD (Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder), victims of domestic violence and narcissistic abuse. I also provide counselling to offenders, and expert reports for court-cases. I counsel police officers and can help lawyers prevent burnout. 

I offer “kink-allied” counselling. I have worked extensively in the sport performance enhancement field with individual athletes and teams competing internationally.

My approach is both conservative towards the identity of a person and integrative in relation to the modalities I choose for the treatment. I believe that each one of us is unique and different, so therapy must be tailored on the specific needs of every new client seeking help. My way of working is structured and systematic. A plan is designed and agreed with the client before even opening their folders. I work in cycles of sessions which can last anywhere between 3 months and 1 year. 

Confidentiality and protection of my clients’ privacy is a fundamental part of my work.

I often organize events to promote a new form of social therapy which my clients usually like to participate in, and which empowers their journey towards recovery.

I offer two innovative psychological treatments: virtual reality exposure therapy and cranial electrotherapy stimulation.

Training, qualifications and experience:

• Level 7 – PGDip in Clinical Psychiatry (University of South Wales)
• Level 3 – Certificate in Phlebotomy (Kingsbridge Training Academy)

• Cardiff University-Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Certificate in Criminal Law Proceedings
• Level 8 – PhD in History of Science – Forensic Medicine (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
• Level 7 – Master’s Degree in Philosophical Sciences – Psychology Curriculum (University of Salento, Italy)
• Level 6 – Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy – Psychology Curriculum (University of Salento, Italy)

• Level 4 – Diploma in Forensic Psychology (UK)
• Level 3 – Diploma in Massage Therapy – Sport Injuries (UK)


Professional memberships:

– (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
• P202201050002

• National Register of Psychotherapists & Counsellors
• International Neuropsychoanalysis Society
• International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy


£90 – £300

Contact Information
Contact Name: Prof. Dr. Melania Anna Duca
Phone Number: +447554520771
Website URL:
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Address: Dr Melania Duca’s Private Psychotherapy Practice
Orthoderm Private Medical Clinic
Psychotherapy Clinical Department

2 Ballynahinch Road
BT26 6AR

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