My name is Domini Hooper (formerly Domini Barry) and I am an Arts Psychotherapist in Bath.

I have a BA(Hons) degree from Hull University and a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Hertfordshire. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and I am a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)

  • Using Russian Dolls in therapy
  • A child's picture of black storm clouds gathering over his family
  • Using animals to express anger and aggression
  • Expressing dark feelings
  • Using Lego and story-making in a therapy session
  • Using Russian Dolls in Postnatal Therapy
  • An image created by a young person depicting anxiety
  • An image used in therapy
  • Using Russian Dolls in therapy
  • A postnatal group using the 'Communicube' to explore issues
  • Postnatal Support Groups
  • Postnatal Therapy Group
  • Sculpting with buttons
  • Using toy animals to express aggression
  • Postnatal Therapy Groups
  • A child's image in therapy
  • Using play dough and material in therapeutic play
  • Postnatal Therapy Groups
  • Using Russian Dolls to explore family dynamics
  • Postnatal Therapy Groups
  • Expressing dark feelings
  • Exploring issues of power and fear using animals and coloured scarves
  • Using a body map to talk about emotional containment with a child
  • Using a "Communicube" with a postnatal group to explore issues around motherhood

I have worked for more than 20 years as a therapist in schools, helping children with emotional and behavioural problems. I also work from my private practice, Open Space, specialising in working with postnatal mothers, children, and adolescents. I run therapy training workshops, give talks and have had my work published in the Journal of Dramatherapy.


The aim of any Psychotherapy is to help improve our emotional well-being by understanding more about our feelings, relationships and why we may act or behave in the way we do. In Arts Psychotherapy, the process involves creative arts (drama, dance, art etc) as well as talking to achieve this. For example, in my work with children we might use small-world play with characters to work through experiences in the child's life. Or an adolescent may find it easier to represent their feelings through colours and drawings if they are struggling to find the right words.

Using the creative arts opens up a new way of thinking about an issue and can help you approach a sensitive issue in a more manageable way.

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If you are thinking about therapy for yourself or someone you know and would like to discuss your needs in confidence, please call me on (01225) 590841 or email