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.
How I work with clients
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.