Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Developed by Dr. Dan Siegel, interpersonal neurobiology is a field of study that looks to identify the similar patterns that arise from separate approaches to knowledge. Interpersonal neurobiology combines research from multiple areas into a framework that examines the common findings in an effort to understand human experience. Anthropology, Biology, computer science, linguistics, math, physics, psychology and psychiatry all contribute to Dr. Siegel’s interpersonal neurobiology theory. Therapists applying IPNB principles typically take a mindfulness approach to treatment that promotes compassion, kindness, resilience, and well-being in the client’s personal life, relationships, and community. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s interpersonal neurobiology specialists today.

Meet the specialists

Your "mental" health includes your brain, body, and mind. In IPNB we take a holistic approach to understanding your strengths and setbacks. Applying an understanding of your whole self invites a deep reconnection of your thinking world, emotions, and body. This bringing together, integration, of the parts of you creates the feeling of being fully alive.

— Elliot Huemann, Counselor in Seattle, WA

My goal is to promote compassion, kindness, resilience, and well-being in our personal lives, our relationships, and our communities. In an individual’s mind, integration involves the linkage of separate aspects of mental processes such as thought with feeling, bodily sensation with logic. In a relationship, integration entails each person’s being respected for his or her autonomy and differentiated self while at the same time being linked to others in empathic communication.

— Sonya DeWitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Spokane, WA

I strongly believe that each person in the relationship is a rich source of information, and it is well known that within us all are innate neurological systems that signal to us safety or danger within relationships. Attuning to these systems, in ourselves, in one another, and within the relationship, often elicits lasting healing. Thus, you will find me watching what is happening between us quite closely as a means toward therapeutic intervention and change.

— Chris Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Sammamish, WA

Experiencing upsetting life events can affect the ways our brains and nervous systems operate. I teach my clients this to reduce the shame that may be associated with their behaviors and help them to begin to feel safe within themselves and with others to begin taking the steps toward healing and growth.

— Wendy Llamas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

Mind, brain, and relationships are intwined in the process of healing. Together re can reshape and rebuild the way you react to various events.

— Mollie Knapp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hood River, OR

The IPNB approach explores how energy and information flows both within and between a person's brain, body and inner and outer connections. I find it gives an overall understanding of what might be going on for an individual and how best to therapeutically help lesson disturbing symptoms and improve functioning and happiness. I discuss with my clients ways to understand what might be going on for them and how, as a team, we can find ways towards therapeutic change.

— Rebecca Lencz, Counselor in Towson, MD

Interpersonal Neurobiology is designed to help people understand their emotions and general life functioning within the context of multiple professional disciplines. IPNB psychotherapy involves integrating knowledge from disciplines as diverse as computer science, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, mental health and several others. Each discipline contributes a unique set of knowledge that help us live an integrative and fulfilling life.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

There's a nasty myth going around that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. IPNB shows us that this simply isn't true-- that the brain, the mind, and our relationships can and will change throughout the seasons of our lives. More importantly-- we can consciously direct that change, and there is some amazing science out now that can help support our efforts! Interpersonal neurobiology marries attachment theory and neuroscience in a wonderful way. I have been studying IPNB since 2009. I have participated in a twice monthly, two-hour consultation and listening partnership with a seasoned therapist who specializes in IPNB for the last seven years. I have trained with Bonnie Badenoch several times and will be participating in her year-long IPNB immersion program in 2019.

— Ann Stoneson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I incorporate Brain-Based Therapy and Practical Neuroscience to improve attachment, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindful practices, and memory reconsolidation which is faster than just traditional talk therapy.

— Nichole Oliver LPC, NCC, CCTP, Licensed Professional Counselor in CHESTERFIELD, MO