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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I have studied IPNB since 2006 and have integrated the information from many different teachers. I believe that the understanding and insight from IPNB helps to bring compassion to many situations that may have been seen through the lens of shame.

— Karen Lucas, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

As an ardent yoga & meditation practitioner, I understood the gravity of purifying my own consciousness. However, given my own history of illness & abuse, I also realized that at some point, I can't walk this path alone. We all desperately need others to help us to regulate our nervous systems. Without practicing our connections to benevolent beings, real & imaginal, we will not be able to heal, let alone thrive. Connection is absolutely essential, but access to it is not obvious...

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO
 

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 have studied IPNB since 2006 and have integrated the information from many different teachers. I believe that the understanding and insight from IPNB helps to bring compassion into many situations that may have been seen through the lens of shame.

— Karen Lucas, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

As an ardent yoga & meditation practitioner, I have understood the gravity of how important it is to do whatever I can to purify my own consciousness. However, given my own history of illness & abuse, I also realized that at some point, I cannot walk this path alone. We desperately need others to help us to regulate our nervous systems. Without these beings, both real & imaginal, without practicing often our connections to benevolent beings, we will not be able to heal, let alone thrive. Connect

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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
 

My style of counseling draws on interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) which uses clinical evidence that supports continuous brain growth as its foundation. To make positive changes, we can start by looking at ourselves. You’ll be able to discuss what’s present for you and I’ll accept and support you without judgment.

— Mark Stouffer, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

Much of what we think of as mental or psychological pain is related to the regulation/dysregulation of our nervous systems. For our nervous systems to regulate with ease, we need to have and have had co-regulation with a regulated other. The regulation of your primary-caregivers during childhood and primary relationships in adulthood enormously impact your ability to “self”-regulate. I can help you work with the wisdom of your nervous system while providing you with a co-regulating space.

— Sarah Argueta, Therapist
 

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
 

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