What is Interpersonal Neurobiology?

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Interpersonal Neurobiology studies how relationships and connections affect the brain. IPNB states that the brain continues growing throughout our lives. This growth indicates that issues with the brain that once seemed untreatable could potentially be treatable by continued study and research into Interpersonal Neurobiology.

IPNB is used for understanding change in counseling and other fields like education, parenting, business, and the military.

An important idea that comes from the study of Interpersonal Neurobiology is the concept of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to make connections and neural pathways. These connections include the way that humans learn. By repeatedly studying specific things or acting in certain ways, the brain forms pathways that make the behavior or concept easier to perform the next time. IPNB shows that neuroplasticity continues throughout a person’s life. It doesn’t stop in childhood.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using IPNB

Kate Dufek

Seattle

Washington

I am a trauma-informed relational psychotherapist for adults and young adults in Washington state. I work with those who are hard on themselves, folks who feel stuck, the overwhelmed and burnt out, exhausted perfectionists and people pleasers. Many of my clients are folks in their 20’s and 30’s navigating seasons of change, who seek out weekly therapy as a place to explore the depths and emotio...

Dr. Nicole Biondoletti

Tampa

Florida

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Elizabeth Buckley

Austin

Texas

Are you struggling with relationships? Do you suffer from deep anxiety or depression? Do you feel stuck or alone? Through my facilitation and guidance of the therapeutic process combined with the safety created in the space between us, we can work toward healing. Therapy with me is highly relational, as I recognize the importance of establishing trust and safety in order for therapy to happen. ...

Mark Blockus

Austin

Texas

Relationships are at the heart of being a person. We bring that into adulthood in our commitment to forge relational partnerships. At times, these relationships might seek a focus on growth and improvement, at others, on healing and repair. Couples and partners might seek improvement with communication, conflict resolution skills, repair from infidelity or issues of trust, and / or help with...
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Angie Tanyi

Portland

Oregon

Are you struggling to live the life you want? Do you keep finding yourself in the same place without knowing how to change? Together we bring empathy & understanding so you are able to gain insights & new ways to help you live a wholehearted life. Current situations and events can trigger old pain & trauma which can be confusing & negatively impact relationships. They can also lead to creating...
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Elizabeth Donahue Marucheau, LCSW

San Diego

California

I have operated my own private practice since 1991 and have almost 30 years of experience working in a wide variety of mental health settings. My approach works to eliminate symptoms that can interfere with living a life that is worth celebrating. All of my work is grounded in neuroscience principles, developmental theories, attachment theory, and polyvagal theory. I am also trained in...

Brooke Gateley Meier

Portland

Oregon

**Currently keeping a small waitlist** My goal is to support the whole person in their desire to identify strengths, address their struggles, and to encourage growth. My relational approach includes helping create a safe place in which you feel like you can start the change process. Issues range from impulsivity, anxiety, emotional regulation, unhealthy coping tools, and difficulties working...
IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE VIA TELE-HEALTH! We believe the things that help people recover, maintain and thrive are learnable/teachable skills that have the backing of sound, current scientific research. It's time to begin re-writing your story. Your wellness is our business. We make every attempt to meet each individual client where they are and allow people to reach a new potential. Tak...

Ran Willman

Austin

Texas

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Chris Cessna

San Diego

California

I have extensive experience working with men and women seeking support with anxiety, compulsive behaviors, and addictions, as well as individuals wanting to address the impact of traumatic or distressing life experiences. In our work together, you will find a safe space to be honest about your struggles. I respect the courage it takes to reach out and ask for help and in return I offer empathic...

Ks Stanley

Houston

Texas

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