Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind

'Interpersonal Neurobiology

Psychotherapy Model Description:

Psychotherapy Model Description:  Interweaving the discoveries of relational neuroscience (particularly interpersonal neurobiology) into all models of therapy so that what we offer our clients collaborates with the embodied brain’s natural healing processes. All of our trainings work toward helping therapists embody the principles of interpersonal neurobiology so that they flow naturally into the counseling room. In addition to didactic instruction, we offer sand and miniatures, art, and contemplative practices to help settle intellectual understanding into the body for whole-brained learning and personal healing.  

About the Founder

  • 'Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT

    Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT

    Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT is an in-the-trenches therapist, supervisor, teacher, and author who has spent the last ten years integrating the discoveries of neuroscience into the art of therapy. She co-founded the nonprofit agency, Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind (Portland, OR) in 2008, and was founder and former executive director of Center for Hope and Healing (Irvine, CA) for 17 years. Her work as a therapist has focused on helping trauma survivors and those with significant attachment wounds reshape their neural landscape to support a life of meaning and resilience. Bonnie currently teaches at Portland State University in the Interpersonal Neurobiology certificate program, and speaks internationally about applying IPNB principles both personally and professionally. She takes particular joy in offering longer-term immersion trainings for therapists and others in the healthcare professions at her home in the Pacific Northwest because these experiences support personal transformation through embodiment of the principles of interpersonal neurobiology. Her conviction that wisdom about the relational brain can transform human experience for people at every age led to the publication of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology in the Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology Series in 2008 and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook in 2011. In 2013, she and Susan Gantt co-edited and contributed to a new book, The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process. Therapists are saying that these books fill the gap between science and practice with clarity, compassion, and heart. 

  • Available training types

    Year-long immersion in Interpersonal Neurobiology; 3-day Workshop/Retreats for Attachment Repair for Therapists and Bodyworkers; 5-day Advanced Training in Inner Community Repair

  • Model of Therapy: Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Founder / Lead Developer: Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT
  • Origination Year: 2009
  • Training Organization: Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind
  • Address: 13108 SE Forest St., Vancouver, WA 98683
  • Phone: 360-601-6859
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