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

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
 

Interpersonal Neurobiology takes into account the functions of our brain, nervous system, and our emotional states to help make all these parts of ourselves work together. Having our parts work together creates a healthy, dynamic, and hopeful approach to our relationships. When we feel integrated, we feel like ourselves in our jobs, our family, our creative pursuits, and really, every part of our life.

— Erica Randolph, Counselor in Tucson, AZ

IPNB is the study of how the human mind is formed in relationships. According to IPNB, relationships (including ones with a therapist) have the power to effect change on a biological level by changing how our brain cells connect to one another. This is why I believe that creating a safe and supportive relationship is the best avenue for change.

— Jennifer Newbloom, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

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

This is about the way that we "feel" each other and other people in our lives. Have you ever had someone walk into the room and your whole body tenses up? Or had a friend put a hand on your shoulder and your body relaxes? It's real!!!! Our bodies are talking to each other all day long, and when we start to listen it can be a game-changer, especially for those of us suffering from pain or other physical symptoms.

— Miranda Jane, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

The energy flow between the mind and body and between people contribute to our health or demise. This neuroscience approach improves resilience to better function with more joy. The keys of emotional self-regulation, co-regulation in parenting and relationships, neuroplasticity, understanding brain development and function, and harnessing the power of healthy connected relationships can build a much more satisfying life.

— Barbara Schnichels, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burnsville, MN

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
 

Every individual seeks a life that is flexible, adaptive, cohesive, engerized, and stable. I use IPNB to be curious about the mind, brain, and relationships and to better understand how our neural networks are wired. This helps many clients to unlearn the stories they have created about themselves and embrace new narratives. Borrowing from Dan Siegel's extensive research, IPNB is a deeply personal and relational modality in which meaningful healing can happen.

— Kelly Edwards, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

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