LGBT-FRIENDLY THERAPY – MINDBODY THERAPY

LGBT-FRIENDLY THERAPY with Mads Ananda Lodahl (certified MindBody therapist)

QUEER-FRIENDLY | TRANS-FRIENDLY | EVERYBODY ELSE-FRIENDLY

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PRACTICAL INFO


BOOKING

Book your sessions by phone: 0045 27630667 or mail: mads@almindelig.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


ADDRESS

I have my own clinic at:

Frederiksborgvej 178

Copenhagen NV

Bus 4A and 6A stop right in front. S-train is close by.


ONLINE SESSIONS

I also offer MindBody therapy sessions online through Zoom.


OPENING HOURS

I am available in the clinic Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10.00 AM.

If you want sessions on other days than Tuesday or Wednesday I’d be happy to fit you into my schedule. Appointments on other days are charged and extra fee of 75,- kroner (10 €). This applies to massage therapy and online sessions as well.


PRICE (OPENING OFFER)

60 MINUTES: 400,- kr. (50 €)

I got certified as a MindBody Therapist in June 2021 at Embodied Philosophy and this opening offer will run for the entire rest of the year 2021.


CANCELATIONS

You can cancel your sessions until 24 hours before the scheduled time. If you cancel later than that or if you don’t show up I have to charge the full fee anyway because I won’t have time to book a new client.


LGBT venlig terapi
My clinic is right next to the nature reserve, Utterslev Mose, so you can go for a walk in nature after our sessions. It takes approximately 7 minutes by bike to Nørrebro Station and busses 6A and 4A stops directly in front of the clinic. Bus 18 and S-train nearby. This picture is from a forest in Jutland.

WHAT IS MINDBODY THERAPY?


MindBody therapy is part of a somewhat new movement in psychotherapy that emphasizes the things we can learn about ourselves by listening to our bodies. Being present with them, trusting them, and understanding them.

When you go to a psychologist you mostly use your brain and rational language to try to “figure things out” and that’s great! You can get really far that way. As humans, we have amazing brains and language and many people make great progress with a psychologist.

The body, however, holds a different kind of intelligence and memory and by working with the body we can sometimes find a more direct way to healing and growth.

Also, working with the body can sometimes give us new insight when we feel stuck in old patterns that we can’t seem to break just by thinking or talking.

Trauma – as well as good memories – are stored in the body

In MindBody Therapy we try to turn the volume down on the big, dominant, rational brain in the skull (which is really good at clear, analytical thinking, but sometimes misses other valuable information) and tune into the big, soft “brain” of the body.

We listen with curiosity to:

  • Nervous system
  • Muscle memory
  • Gut feeling
  • Heartbeats
  • Breath
  • Butterflies
  • Inner imagery
  • Memories
  • Senses

By getting in touch with the bodily experience of something, there can be a real shift inside you in relation to whatever we are working with.

We are not just talking about a topic. We experience it. You can experience your resources and all the things that give you the strength to withstand or uplift the difficult parts of your life.

Body psychotherapy

MindBody Therapy is a form of body psychotherapy, where we sit opposite each other and talk without touch (like with a psychologist), but in our conversation the bodily experiences are at the center of our attention (like with a bodyworker).

  • Maybe it’s already normal for you to work with your thoughts, feelings and relationships by listening to your body?
  • Maybe it sounds weird and a little intimidating?
  • Maybe you already know that it’s difficult for you to be present in your body?
  • Maybe all of this is complete nonsense to you?

No matter how you feel about all this we always begin with your curiosity and we start where you are.

Personally, I have fallen in love with MindBody Therapy because it is both effective and very gentle. It doesn’t have to be hard to work with yourself. The old idea of ‘no pain, no gain’ is simply not true.

When can MindBody Therapy be helpful?

My first and most important job is to make sure you are safe in my clinic. That means that if I feel unqualified to help you I will help you find someone else who can.

That being said, the MindBody approach can be helpful in almost all cases because it doesn’t see body, mind and spirit as separate from each other. Many times, MindBody Therapy will be a great way to compliment other forms of treatment.

If, for instance, you receive psychiatric / medical treatment for depression, MindBody Therapy can be a great partner where we can work on reestablishing your ability to feel joy and excitement. The body and the senses play a huge role in this process.

If you have chronic pain or are recovering from long-term illness, MindBody Therapy can help you rediscover the love for your own body and all the things it is still able to do, while the doctors help with the strictly physiological aspects of your healing.

Some of the things we can work with in MindBody Therapy:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Stress
  • Identity
  • Relationships (family, friends, partners, colleges)
  • Chronic pain
  • Physical illness
  • Social life in general
  • Your relationships to your own body
  • Your relationship to the people around you
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Career, studies, and free time
  • Creative projects (art, music, writing, etc.)
  • Trauma
  • Sexuality
  • Addiction/abuse
  • Etc…

What do you get from a series of MindBody therapy sessions?

Of course, I cannot answer that, but in our sessions, we are always working on two levels at the same time. On the one hand, we typically work with some topic, question or problem that you bring into the session.

It could be the relationship with your partner right now. A difficult colleague or neighbor. Or a memory from your teenage years that you can’t let go of.

But parallel to this specific work you develop your general ability to feel yourself and find ways to handle whatever comes up.

  • How can you avoid being overwhelmed by difficult emotions?
  • Where do you find resources inside your body to calm yourself when you start to get anxious?
  • How can you become friends with your excessive or catastrophic thinking?
  • How can you find peace in being with people who scare or hurt you and whom you can’t just avoid (e.g. family members or people on the street)?

That way, our MindBody Therapy sessions are not just something that can help you solve a problem here and now. It is also a form of body/psyche school where you develop new skills that you can use for the rest of your life and that you will never forget.

Like learning to ride a bike. Only with the nervous system.


LGBT-FRIENDLY THERAPY

I have worked as a massage therapist for the last two years, and from the start it has been my focus to create a therapeutic space that was safe, positive and meaningful for sexual and gender minorities.

LGBT people have more problems with both chronic pain, depression, loneliness, anxiety, stress, violence and sexual abuse. In addition many of us experience discrimination, dysphoria and difficult relationships with family members, colleagues and friends.

At the same time, many LGBT people feel that they are poorly received by health professionals. Sometimes this can be actual discrimination, but more often we simply feel misunderstood or the practitioner uses clumsy language or asks intimate questions that are not relevant to the treatment.

So when I offer LGBT-friendly therapy that doesn’t mean we can only work with things that are LGBT related. Nor does it mean you have to be an LGBT person to come here.

Everyone is welcome!

When I offer LGBT-friendly therapy it simply means that you can feel free and safe in my clinic. You don’t have to hide anything or think about what you can tell and what you should keep to yourself.

All parts of you are welcome!

I have been working with sexual and gender minorities for over 15 years (and belong to both groups myself) and it feels incredibly meaningful to me to hold space for other queer people to heal and grow and start enjoying life more. And more. And more.


CONFIDENTIALITY

I have a duty of confidentiality and everything you share with me stays between us. My duty of confidentiality also means that I do not tell anyone that you are seeing me at all – and that I do not greet you if we meet out in the city. You are of course always welcome to greet me or come over. The confidentiality is for your sake.


THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO TELL ME

When working with MindBody Therapy, you don’t have to tell me everything. It may sound strange if you are used to going to a psychologist where you have to talk and tell a lot, but in MindBody Therapy you actually don’t even have to tell me what you want to work with. Or you can just give me the headlines.

It can feel safe that you don’t have to expose yourself so much, and it can be liberating to not have to go into detail when, for example, talking about a difficult experience from your past.


LET’S MEET?

If you are curious about MindBody Therapy, why not find a time for a first session where we can meet. I can answer all your questions and together we will find out if this is the right thing for you. If you want, you can write me a few words about what you would like to work with, but you can also just show up and we’ll take it from there.

  • Book your first session at 0045 27630667 or mads@almindelig.com

I look forward to hearing from you!


Portrait photo: Lærke Posselt