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 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

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 to many situations that may have been seen through the lens of shame.

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

I've taken Dr. Dan Seigel's comprehensive course on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). IPNB is a framework that looks across multiple disciplines that study the mind, brain & relationships, & how all three of these interact to shape who we are, & then how to promote optimal well-being – including non-judgmental insight into yourself, and acceptance, empathy, kindness, compassion & freedom for self & others.

— Brian La Roy Jones, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, 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

Recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience have enabled powerful approaches that allow us to work with the biology of our mind-body system to create lasting transformation. We can now go beyond simply understanding or managing our unwanted emotions and behaviors, to actually heal and change the unconscious beliefs and thought patterns that drive them.

— Carrie Heron, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

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

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 in PORTLAND, OR
 

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

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