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I love to do speaking and teaching engagements - 

I speak on a variety of topics including Interpersonal Neurobiology, Polyvagal Theory, Couples Counseling, and Therapeutic Presence. 

Trainings for Therapists

Welcome, I have offered trainings for therapists since 2009 in a variety of contexts. I love thinking not only about what works with our clients, but also what kind of training a therapist needs to move from idea to skill to practice to a way of being in the room. I love working with clinicians and want to give you ways to feel great about your work, enjoy what you do, and have greater success and efficiency with your clients. If you are looking for personal growth opportunities then click here to locate my more experiential workshops.

The Neurobiology of Feeling Safe: Working with Boundaries Inside and Out

Tuesdays 11am CST

4/13/21 - 5/11/21

If we trust polyvagal theory, we see that a felt sense of safety is key to being able to play, connect, rest and feel free to live a whole-hearted life. I know that's what so many of my clients are really seeking: freedom to engage with the world with vulnerability, strength and authenticity. Once I got clear on this, it also felt clear that feeling in danger a lot of the time was leading the people I work with to protect themselves in ways that had high cost or lead them to not protect themselves much at all, in which case they felt so deeply hurt all the time.


I knew how to help people feel safe in my office, but I wanted them to feel out in the world the same way they could feel when they had the freedom to be themselves in our therapeutic space. It slowly clicked for me that our brain processes boundaries in more than one way. When people say boundaries, they often mean the executed kind, in which we set limits with another person. But as I started to research how the brain is processing this broad word we are calling boundaries, it turns out there are many different networks involved. What if we could separate those out, break down practices that could change these networks and help our clients feel empowered to create their own safety no matter where they are? I sure have tried. I am so thrilled to share with you my thoughts about working with boundaries inside and out with your clients.



Tracking Neural Networks

Date | TBD

We want to be efficient in our work, influenced by recent research in neuroscience and trauma, and stay client centered. Tracking the neural network is a way to do deep work quickly, while being open and co-creating change that is lead by the client. 

The full experience of any event is held in a neural network and many of us were never taught to track one for ourselves, much less help a client to do so. This type of differentiation and linkage leads to deeper brain integration and therefore greater mental wellbeing. We can use this skill in trauma recovery, grief, couples counseling, family counseling, dilemma of change work and more.This will be an experiential and didactic training, so come expecting lots of opportunity to practice this technique.

You will learn:

  • a skill that is the base of every effective trauma treatment

  • how helping a client to track their own network is a client centered way to invite change

  • to help clients bring compassion towards even difficult neural networks

  • through demo's of this type of tracking

  • through experiential practice how to use this tool with clients



Kaleidoscope of Counseling Conference


I'll be giving a one hour introduction to using IPNB as a treatment planning map. I’ve been thinking about and teaching this informally for a while now, and this is the first time I'll be presenting it formally. It'll be a preview of the longer one I’ll be doing for Austin IN Connection in the fall of this year.



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 Brains in Session

The Mind, the Brain, and Relationships


In this online, self paced course full of both didactic and experiential content, we will explore Interpersonal Neurobiology. Applying the research that is opening the door to a deeper understanding of how our brains, minds, and relationships function can create more intentional, efficient and deep work with our clients. 


Interpersonal Neurobiology is not a therapy, it is a theory of mind and theory of change that can help you discover how to organize you tool box to work with the natural energy and information flow patterns of the brain.


This course is an integration of the work of Dan Siegel, Bonnie Badenoch, Bessel Van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Antonio Dimassio, Iain McGilchrist, Robert Sapolski, and many more. We will apply it to individual clients as well as couples and families, children and adults, so no matter which population you specialize in, you’ll find this course helpful.

  • Understand basics about anatomy and function

  • Get more practice using psychoeducation about the brain in session

  • Learn techniques that aid in deepening flexibility and adaptability across 8 levels of brain integration

  • See demos of the work in action

  • Learn how to read the scientific literature

  • Experience the work yourself so that you feel comfortable taking it into your office

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