Family constellations are a way of working with issues within human systems. Developed by Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist, they originally focused on family systems to disclose the deeper forces that unknowingly influence our thoughts, behaviours and emotional experiences through multiple generations.
As for me Family Constellation allows to significantly simplify and ease personal and relational problem resolution, through clear understanding of which actions create difficulties and which bring wellbeing and personal growth by understanding the underlying patterns of your family dynamics.
In a group setting a participant has a chance to step beyond the limits of his/her private understandings.
(1) A participant (client) is invited to introduce himself, along with a question.
It may be frustration, lack of energy, difficulties in relationship with partner or members of family, anxiety, stress, uncertainty – that has his attention.
(2) Family Constellation Facilitator set up his image of the situation, using other group participants or wood figures or stones to represent relevant people or elements.
(3) Sensitive (often surprisingly so) to the family “field” the client has brought up, and without roleplay or acting, the representatives report what they feel, to whom they want to shift, and try different words with each other; because we all instinctively map essential relations, events, and forces in predictable ways, a meaningful picture quickly emerges.
The facilitator’s task is to maintain a wide-angle lens, suggesting movements or sentences that respect and extend the client’s particular vocabulary. Through this participation, clients and representatives begin to see and connect with the breadth and force of well-being even in the midst of disturbance.
The constellation for each clients lasts sixty minutes to one and half hour via ZOOM.
In fact, much of the learning and sense of well-being derived from Family Constellations comes from serving as a representative, heightening one’s own awareness of how powerful events are held and passed among us through body language, empathy, inheritance, and metaphor. Whether you stand in a new way in your own lineage, watch as a relevant situation unfolds for someone else, or stand in for a member of another family, the novelty of this approach is the immediate space it opens for diverse individuals to both share and expand their generational vocabularies.
Ekaterina will facilitate the constellation with the group. You can find out more about her here