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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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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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

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
 

Interestingly, IPNB is also where neuroscience and spiritual practice often meet, but it comes at it from the sciences first. Our increasing understanding of how our brains and nervous systems process experience, hold trauma, and co-regulate with others helps me bring a deep sense of intuition to my therapeutic work - ironically, the more we learn about the nuts and bolts of neuroscience, the more we're developing the science of "feeling felt" and creating safe space for deep work.

— Duff Stoneson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Interpersonal Neurobiology is the interdisciplinary study of how our experiences literally shape our brains. I have an extensive background in developmental psychology, including undergraduate coursework in lifespan development, cognitive science, and social & affective neuroscience, and a master's in human development & psychology from Harvard University. I continue my education through self-study, and have read most of books including in the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

— Erin Kennedy, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Carlsbad, CA
 

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

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 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

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