What Is Family Constellation?
Family constellation has been developed by Bert Hellinger in Germany who found out through his family constellation work that people's lives are extensively controlled by hidden dynamics. His work repeatly reveals that the difficulties in couple relationships, with children, work,
diseases and lack of happiness in life are consequences of these secret dymanmics.
Considered one of the most respected psychotherapists in the world today, Bert Hellinger has revolutionized the heart and soul of family therapy by illuminating the unconscious, and often destructive,loyalties within families. While much of psychology concentrates on exploring the conflicts in one’s childhood, Hellinger’s work examines the tragedies in one’s family. Hellinger has observed that traumatic events, such as the premature death of a parent, sibling or child, anabandonment, crime or suicide, can exert a powerful force affecting later generations. Entangled with unhappiness from the past, family members often continue patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, fear, chronic illness and unfulfilled relationships. It’s a common theme: sad mother, sad daughter... alcoholic father, alcoholic son... the relationship difficulties of the parents, mirrored by the children.
Family Constellation becomes an effective therapeutic process that helps to break destructive family patterns of unhappiness, illness, failure and addiction. The results are often immediate and life-changing. The Family Constellation Approach is becoming one of the most rapidly expanding forms of therapy in the world and is practiced in more than 35 countries.