Systemic constellations, also known as family constellations or simply constellations, is a therapeutic approach that explores the hidden dynamics within systems such as families, organizations, or other social groups. It was developed by German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger in the late 20th century.
The underlying principle of systemic constellations is that individuals are deeply interconnected with their family systems and other social systems they belong to. These systems have their own dynamics, patterns, and unresolved issues that can impact an individual’s emotional well-being and behaviour.
In a systemic constellations session, a trained facilitator creates a physical representation of the system using objects or people to represent family members or elements of the system. The person seeking resolution, known as the “client,” chooses representatives for themselves and other relevant individuals or elements.
Through a guided process, the facilitator helps the representatives tap into the energetic field of the system, allowing them to access information and emotions that are often unconscious. The representatives may experience sensations, emotions, or insights that provide valuable clues about the hidden dynamics at play.
By observing the constellation unfold, the facilitator and the client gain insights into the systemic patterns, entanglements, and unresolved issues that may be affecting the client’s well-being. This process can bring to light and process unresolved experiences, or unacknowledged emotions within the system.
The goal of systemic constellations is to bring about healing and resolution by acknowledging and honouring the systemic dynamics. This may involve gaining new perspectives, restoring balance, or releasing entanglements. By addressing these underlying dynamics, individuals can experience profound shifts in their emotional health, relationships, and overall well-being.
Systemic constellations have been applied to various areas, including personal growth, family therapy, organizational development, and trauma healing. It is important to note that systemic constellations are not a substitute for traditional therapy, but rather a complementary approach that can provide unique insights and facilitate personal transformation.
Please keep in mind that this is a brief overview of systemic constellations. If you are interested in exploring this approach further, I recommend consulting a trained facilitator or therapist who can provide more in-depth information and guidance.