Dominica Dorning

Dominica Dorning

BBehSc(Hons), MPsych(Clin), 200 RYT

Dominica is an experienced clinical psychologist and yoga teacher with a strong commitment to human rights and recovery outcomes in individuals from refugee backgrounds. She currently works at the Service for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), where her clients are asylum seekers and humanitarian refugees from diverse cultural backgrounds.

 Dominica’s work is motivated by a strong sense of integrity and compassion as well as belief in human resilience. She is passionate about working with people seeking asylum and is particularly focused on helping to reduce the suffering of individuals whilst their protection claims are processed.

 Dominica’s yoga journey began shortly after she moved to Sydney from Melbourne 3 years ago. She developed an interest in the integration of ancient yoga philosophy/techniques and contemporary psychological interventions, and traveled to Bali to deepen her understanding of yoga through a 200hr YTT with Jolie Manza. Dominica is currently undertaking an additional 150 hours of yoga teacher training with Michael De Manincor at The Yoga Institute in Sydney.

 Dominica is a perpetual student of yoga, and this has led to her curiosity in incorporating yoga as a therapeutic tool. She designed and is teaching an 8-10 week trauma sensitive yoga program for STARTTS clients to foster mindfulness, nervous system regulation, mind-body awareness and distress tolerance skills. Where appropriate Dominica also draws on yogic philosophy and practices to supplement her individual counseling approaches to support her clients to find comfort in the discomfort and lightness in the dark.

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