Welcome to the Danish Center for Mentalization

Center for Mentalization aim to provide and facilitate knowledge about mentalization and the use of mentalization-based treatment and pedagogy in the treatment of neglected and traumatized children, adolescents and adults.

The Danish Center for Mentalization has a number of specialists associated, all working with the mentalization-based approach, each in their own specialty of the field.

We provide therapy for children, adults and families. We provide supervision for professionals, individually and in groups. Likewise we provide educational services ranging from single days up to longer educational programmes both for individual attendees and for groups of clients.

To mentalize is to have ones own and others mind in mind and being able to understand your own and mental states of other people. Mental states can be feelings, thoughts, needs, goals and beliefs. Mentalization provides meaning to behaviour, in the way, that there always are reasons for why we and others behave the way we do. Mentalization makes it possible among other things for people to relate, corporate, to understand and learn from each other.

The Mentalization Guidebook

Hagelquist, J.Ø (2015). The Mentalization Guidebook. Karnac Books.

The Mentalization Guidebook is a tool for working with traumatized and neglected people.

The Mentalization guidebook can be bought here: Karnac books and Amazon.

Latest news

Book recommendation: Bateman & Fonagy’s (2012) Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice

Chapter 17 in Bateman & Fonagy’s (2012) “Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice” is about mentalization-based treatment of abuse. A mustread if you work with abuse and mentalization as all the main models in relation to the target group are considered. […]

Janne & Dr. Sheila Redfern teaching at the Anna Freud Centre

Janne Østergaard Hagelquist is looking very much forward to teaching with Dr. Sheila Redfern. You can read more by following this link. […]

Classic experiment about the importance of early contact with the mother

F. Harlow’s classic experiment with rhesus monkeys dealing with the importance of early contact with the mother. […]

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