What is Constellation Work?
Constellation Work, also known as Family Constellations, is an alternative therapeutic method that draws from family systems and group therapies. The practice was developed by a German psychotherapist, Bert Hellinger, who studied and treated families for more than 50 years. Hellinger observed that many of us unconsciously “take on” destructive familial patterns that may span multiple generations.
The intention of a Constellation session is to have participants witness and acknowledge previously unrecognized family dynamics, and thus create awareness and freedom from repeating these patterns.
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Constellation Work can be done in within an individual therapy session or involve a group in a workshop setting.
How Constellations can help in Individual, Couples or Family Therapy
The Constellation approach is a combination of western modalities of psychotherapy (mind) and traditional tribal and shamanic healing movements (body, spirit). These ancient cultures have beliefs and approaches that are guided by the natural reflections of the “quantum field”, which informs their cultural, spiritual and social directions. These more balanced approaches touch the soul in ways that modern talk therapy does not often reach. It’s the step from therapy to healing.
What happens at a Group or Family Constellation?
A typical Group or Family Constellation involves a group of participants and a trained facilitator. One participant agrees to present their problem. They ask other participants of the group to “represent” concepts or people – usually family members – who are connected to the particular problem to be explored.
Through the skilled guidance of the “Constellation Picture” by the facilitator, the roots of the issue emerges, often leading us to a place of very deep understanding and compassion for our family and others involved.
Some of the Patterns of Behavior that can be Successfully Interrupted with this Modality
Some patterns of behavior are carried from one generation to the next – a phenomena we might call “emotional DNA” – which is very similar to biological DNA. Some “inherited” patterns of behavior include:
- Relational concerns
- Adoption issues
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Domestic violence
- War Trauma
- Sexual Abuse Trauma
- Teenage/unplanned pregnancies
- Failed attempts at career
- Multiple failed relationships
- Physical health – ‘diseases’