Family Constellations (a subset application of Systemic Constellations) is an experiential process that aims to release and resolve profound tensions within and between people. Bert Hellinger, the German philosopher- psychologist is considered the founder of Family Constellations in their modern form.
What can we expect from Family Constellation?The process diverges from conventional forms of cognitive, behaviour and psychodynamic psychotherapy in several key respects. In a single session, a Family Constellation attempts to reveal a previously unrecognized systemic dynamic that spans multiple generations in a given family and to resolve the deleterious effects of that dynamic by encouraging the subject to accept the factual reality of the past.
What is the concept behind Family Constellation?Practitioners claim that present-day problems and difficulties may be influenced by traumas suffered in previous generations of the family, even if those affected now are unaware of the original event in the past. A theoretical foundation for this concept is called The Ancestor Syndrome in psychology.
Recent findings in epigenetics research supports the concept that after-effects of trauma can be passed to subsequent generations.