“The greater soul moves in only one direction and that is to bring into union that which has been made separate .”
What is Family Constellations?
Developed in the mid 1990’s by Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist, Family Constellations is a healing modality, that can be used to address any presenting issue in a client’s life. Family Constellations involves the review of a client’s family system, bringing to light hidden family dynamics, repeating generational patterns and entanglements. It is a restorative process, which reconnects and heals disruptions within a family system.
Disruptions can be anything from war, racism, addictions, physical or emotional trauma, forgotten or missing children, or any event or occurrence that has negatively impacted a family. Disruptions that are not acknowledged and healed can cause rifts to appear, creating issues within a family system such as illness, disconnection, addiction, negative beliefs, behaviours and emotions.
Such issues or burdens are normally passed down at an unconscious level from one generation to another.
The work done in Family Constellations helps uncover disruptions, acknowledges they have occurred and unburdens younger generations by allowing them to pass back to prior generations, baggage carried which doesn’t belong to them.
By undergoing this process, order can be restored to the client’s family system, which in turn can bring about positive shifts in the client’s life and members of their family.
What can Family Constellations help with?
Family Constellations can help a client address anything that is adversely affecting their life and preventing them from being the best version of themselves.
A Family Constellation session can typically help with, but not limited to, the following:
Negative relationship patterns
Parent-child relationship issues
Divorce or separation
Significant trauma or loss
Grief and sadness
What does a Family Constellation involve?
I currently offer one-on-one sessions, either in person from my home studio or online via Zoom. Personally, I have found both methods to be equally successful and effective!
I like to complete this experience over 2 separate sessions.
The first session which lasts 60 minutes involves the completion of what is called a ‘Genogram’, which is much like a family tree. The Genogram records all information known by the client regarding their immediate family, family of origin and prior generations.
During this session, we also discuss the client’s wish, intention or topic they would like to work on during their Constellation.
The second session which normally runs for 90 minutes is the Family Constellation session itself.
In-person, I use figurines or footprints referred to as ‘representatives’, to represent key elements relating to what the client wants to work on. During Zoom sessions an online application is used, which replicates the same dynamics as experienced in a face-to-face session.
No matter what method is used, ‘representatives’ are moved around what is referred to as ‘The Knowing Field’, with feelings and emotions explored, rather than connecting with the mind and thoughts.
During this process, we acknowledge, separate and reconnect key elements such as people, situations, and events within the family system, before moving forward to achieve healing. The session concludes with a new family image being presented to the client, which illustrates family order being achieved and the client being able to move forward unburdened into their future.
If a client requires further support, by way of Somatic Listening sessions either prior to or post their Constellation, this can certainly be included. Please simply refer to my modality price list for applicable costs.
Somatic Listening is an opportunity for the client to talk freely about anything at all, without judgement or advice. I simply listen, am 100% present and create a safe environment for the client to fully discharge held emotions. These simple yet very effective sessions are highly recommended to enhance the overall Family Constellation experience.
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