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

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
 

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

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
 

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 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 (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

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
 

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

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
 

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. Through the use of mindfulness we can together access to a more connected experience of life.

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

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