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.

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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
 

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is an interdisciplinary approach to viewing health as the intersection of brain - mind - relationships. I hold a post-graduate certificate in IPNB from Portland State University and continue to study under the guidance of Dr. Bonnie Badenoch. I integrate IPNB into all aspects of my practice, personal and professional. I find that IPNB normalizes human experience while providing a neurobiological and attachment focused roadmap for healing.

— Carly Henderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have studied Interpersonal Neurobiology for many years and have taken many classes and workshops with Bonnie Badenoch and Sarah Peyton who are leaders in the field.

— Keri Willis, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC
 

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

The power to heal rests in relationships, our nervous system is wired to become stronger and more adaptive when we can experience ourselves in connection to others. This approach deeply informs parents on how to co-regulate with their children, no matter the age, and partners how to self regulate their emotions while remaining loving and caring with the other person. Mindfulness, is a tool we can together craft and deepen, to gain access to a more connected experience of life.

— Silvia Gozzini, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in PORTLAND, OR
 

I have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience which gives me a deep understanding of how our brains work. Interpersonal Neurobiology starts with the understanding that our experiences shape our brain, our thoughts, and our perceptions of ourselves, others and our world. But just as trauma and other negative experiences can create patterns that lead to anxiety, depression, anger, unhealthy relationships, addictions, etc...new experiences, ideas and behaviors can change those patterns by changing our brain.

— Anna Scully, Psychologist

Feeling safe in a therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of your healing process. I proudly ground my therapeutic work on what is proven to work from a brain science perspective. I'll help you understand what is happening in your brain and body when you feel emotionally dysregulated, anxious, and depressed. We will address what's going on your brain when you are feeling this way and use your body's wisdom to reconnect with you body to find relief.

— Isabel Decian, Counselor in Auburn, WA
 

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

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
 

I'm EMDR-trained and well versed in polyvagal theory, somatic experiencing, and ways in which our brains influence our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

— Jenny Larson, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

Feeling safe in a therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of your healing process. I proudly ground my therapeutic work on what is proven to work from a brain science perspective. I'll help you understand what is happening in your brain and body when you feel emotionally dysregulated, anxious, and depressed. We will address what's going on your brain when you are feeling this way and use your body's wisdom to reconnect with you body to find relief.

— Isabel Decian, Counselor in Auburn, 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