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

Video: The psychology of violence with Peter Fonagy

Peter Fonagy talks about the psychology of violence. […]

Book review: “Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice” – second edition

This year a new edition of “Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice” has been published. It is state of the art in relation to where the theory of mentalization is today. The book contains a lot of new and interesting mentalization theory. You can read the book review here. […]

Understanding misunderstandings

Curiousness and openness are important elements in mentalization based treatment. It’s about exploring what’s going on in the mind of others and in your own mind. Mentalizing is among other things about understanding misunderstandings. This video is an example of a therapist doing exactly this. […]

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