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Tobias Penno, MSW

Registered Social Worker
Perth WA
When I work with individuals I trust that they have the wisdom necessary to work through their current life challenges, and see my role as a co-researcher with them to facilitate their growth and healing. My core practice is with Narrative Therapy, and I also use elements from mindfulness practices as well as a cutting edge body-based modality called Heartschool. With these tools I support and guide people to re-author their narrative, simultaneously working with tension in the body (no touch, just gentle observations) in order to raise awareness around unconscious stress responses. I also find it beneficial to guide people through a process inspired by Dr. Rosalind Watts’ ‘ACE’ model (Accept, Connect, Embody), which is the model developed for use at Imperial College London in their clinical trials with psychedelics.
Tobias Penno is an Emotional Health Practitioner & Social Worker with a background in Government Child Protection. After years of professionally managing extreme child, family and relationship stress, Tobias has found his passion in healing Emotional Pain & Trauma through the body. Tobias is currently working towards making his clinical practise, Emotional Healthcare, fully online where he combines somatic techniques with narrative therapy. Tobias is a researcher at the University of Western Australia, with an award-winning dissertation titled How Ayahuasca Offers Psychosocial Wellbeing and is currently working on a PhD researching the links between attachment trauma, the body, and best-practice in psychedelic integration therapy.