Dominique started working in the arena of birth and family life in the late 1980’s at the Active Birth Centre in London as a workshop facilitator and yoga teacher. She is now part of their professional team. In 1990 she trained with Janet Balaskas and Lolly Stirk, then followed a two year yoga training with John Stirke and Sophie Hoare. Dominique continues to study and practice yoga today. In 2001 she qualified with the Institute of Craniosacral Therapy and continued postgraduate studies in pre, peri and postnatal psychology with Mathew Appleton, and also with Karlton Terry for over five years.
Dominique trained and worked with Relate as a couple counsellor and family counsellor from 1999 to 2009. She also taught social workers and early years workers basic counselling and conflict resolution training with Relate. In 2007, after completing a postgraduate diploma in Systemic Family and Couple therapy, she and her colleagues set up the Relate Avon Family Counselling Service. More recently, in 2019, Dominique qualified as a Relational Counselling Supervisor, having trained with Karl Gregory and Sheila McCarthy. Throughout her career she has continued to work with birth and for over ten years ran the company Relaxed Birth and Parenting training doulas, antenatal teachers and women’s health mentors in the UK and internationally.
In 2006 Dominique trained as a 7 words mentor and coach with James Burgess which led to her writing the book, ‘The Seven Secrets of a Joyful Birth’ in 2013. This led to many teaching and speaking invitations overseas. Her book has been translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil. In 2019 Dominique taught doctors and midwives about the psychology of birth, alongside birth visionary Janet Balaskas in Istanbul.
Dominique’s curiosity lies in a relational approach to life, therapy and healing. She believes that since we experience our wounding in relationship we can also heal our wounds in relationship, including our relationship to self.