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The Brain-Savvy Therapist: Neurobiology and Attachment in Psychotherapy

Dr. Marni Feuerman

Interpersonal neurobiology is an interdisciplinary field that brings together many areas of science beyond psychology including anthropology, biology, linguistics, mathematics, and physics to determine common findings of the human experience from different perspectives. Ultimately, interpersonal neurobiology has brought such fields together to create a definition of the human mind and what the mind needs for maximum health.

At its core, interpersonal neurobiology holds that we are ultimately who we are because of our relationships. Attachment theory explores the critical importance of one’s early experiences with caregivers in terms of forming later patterns of relating. This is where interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory are intertwined. When childhood needs are met, reliably and consistently, one is said to have “secure attachment” and the ability to connect with and be with the full range of our inner experiences and that of others. However, when our early interactions are affected by an inability to have our needs met, we may begin to separate parts of ourselves or negatively view parts of ourselves causing ruptures in our connections both intra-psychically (within ourselves) and inter-psychically (with others).

We know much more about the brain and its importance in the psychological healing process than we did long ago. More important than any particular technique is our ability to demonstrate that we are attuned to and understanding of our clients and their pain. Helping clients heal and grow is through the relationship we have with them.

Dr. Marni Feuerman has integrated interpersonal neurobiology, mind-body work, and attachment theory into her clinical practice and has noted profound and long-lasting changes from doing so. Regardless of the therapeutic approach or population, becoming “brains-savvy” is a must for practitioners to stay on the cutting edge of their clinical work with clients.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the role of the brain within psychotherapeutic practice
  2. Describe the difference between the brain and the mind
  3. Learn basic elements of interpersonal neurobiology
  4. Describe attachment theory in clinical practice
  5. Name several interventions that demonstrate interpersonal neurobiology in practice

Our Presenter

Marni Feuerman, MSW, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. She has a Master of Social Work degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology.  Specializing in couples work and relationship issues, she is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has completed levels 1 & 2 of the Gottman Method. She is also certified in Discernment Counseling which is a new way to work with couples on the brink of divorce or if one spouse is ambivalent about saving the marriage.  Dr. Marni has published both academically and online as a freelance writer with HuffPo The Gottman Institute,, and Dr. Oz’s among others. She is a frequently quoted expert in the media on issues related to marriage, divorce, relationships, and love.  In the Spring of 2019, she released her debut self-help book published by New World Library titled Ghosted and Breadcrumbed: Stop Falling for Unavailable Men and Get Smart about Healthy Relationships. Dr. Marni lives with her husband, twin daughters and two rescue dogs in west Delray Beach.


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  • Hanley Learning Center at Origins
    933 45th Street
    West Palm Beach, Fl 33407

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