Dr. Melania Anna Duca

NCP Fellow & Supervisor, CEO at Athena Mental Health, Clinical Director at IBPI, Former Professor of Logic (eCampus University, Italy)

Dr. Melania Anna Duca
07554520771

Dr. Melania Anna Duca

NCP Fellow & Supervisor, CEO at Athena Mental Health, Clinical Director at IBPI, Former Professor of Logic (eCampus University, Italy)

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
Fees: • Adult (18+) - £80
• Couple (18+) - £130
• Teenager (16-18) - £60
• Older adult (70+) - £60
• Family - £150
• Group - £180
• Supervisee - £90 (part time practice: less than 25 hours of therapy per month) ; £135 (full time practice)
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

Orthoderm Private Medical Clinic, Psychotherapy Clinical Department
2 Ballynahinch Road
Hillsborough, Hillsborough BT266AR - United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Dromore, Dromore (County Down, NI) BT251AA - United Kingdom (Great Britain)

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My Approach to Helping

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 lead the Ethics Committee and offer my services as a Supervisor. At my office in Dromore 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.

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 behavioural experiments 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, both within a psychoanalytic setting.

More Info About My Practice

My practice requires full registration, after your initial assessment; my assistant will patiently guide and assist you throughout your journey. - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: MONDAY TO SATURDAY 12PM TO 8PM (UK TIME).

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialized in neurodiversity and personality disorders. I have experience in working with marginalized and vulnerable groups such as LGBTQ+ clients; counselling the families of people with Borderline or EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) and marriages with Asperger's Syndrome, OCPD (Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder), victims of domestic violence and narcissistic abuse. I also provide counselling to offenders, and commissioned expert reports for court-cases. I offer ?kink-allied? counselling, and sex therapy. I have worked extensively in the sport performance enhancement field with individual athletes and teams competing internationally.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English
  • Italian

Groups I Work With

    Islamic background

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Incest
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Perfectionism
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Trust Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Animal and Equine Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Regression Therapy
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology
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