Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Here at Thrive Therapy Houston, we are committed to providing therapy that is rooted in the scientific understanding of the brain and its processes. Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) describes how the brain and mind are developed and shaped. IPNB is an interdisciplinary framework for understanding the effect that therapy has on the brain and how the brain mechanisms are directly impacted by life experiences.


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We help you understand what is happening in your brain and body so that you are empowered to carry on knowledge with you to create lasting change as we learn ways to regulate and manage intense feelings. By sharing brain information with our clients, we intend to set a solid foundation of knowledge from which to build and empower our clients to make informed decisions regarding their own responses and attempts to connect with others in their lives.


“IPNB offers a comprehensive and scientifically grounded theory of mental health and of healthy relating, illuminating the ongoing interactions of the mind, the brain, and relationships”
- Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies


Feeling safe and connected is the most important aspect of any therapeutic relationship. We are social beings and the last few decades of research have confirmed that even on a biological level, we are wired to connect. IPNB is deeply rooted in our understanding of attachment and helps us understand human development and functioning as a product of our wiring.


Our therapy builds on understanding neuroplasticity and its critical role in the therapeutic process. Given the developments in neuroscience and psychological research, we now know that to neurological growth does not end in early adulthood. Everyone can continue to learn and develop new neurological pathways in the brain and rebuild connections in order to create healthy and lasting change.


The goal of IPNB is to take the elements of neuroscience and translate them into approaches and techniques that can be used in the therapeutic setting. Since mental health and regulation as such a profound effect on the regulatory systems in the body, the interventions used in therapy should have a biological root.


At Thrive Therapy Houston it is important to us that we are able to explain, from a neuroscience standpoint, the purpose behind our interventions. This often looks like sharing information in the beginning about our brain and body and their role in managing our experiences. Ultimately your therapist will incorporate the neurobiological information back to each client’s individual treatment direction and to foster continued motivation.

IPNB’s groundbreaking perspective was identified by Dr. Daniel Siegel with the influence of other world-renowned colleagues like Dr. Allan Schore, Dr. Louis Cozolino, Dr. Stephen Porges, and many others.