What is family constellation?
Family Constellation is a therapeutic method that compliments psychotherapy, traditional counselling, and coaching sessions. It is designed to help the person reveal the hidden dynamics in the family or relationship to address the stressors that create impact on these relationships and heal them.
This therapy may help people who are seeking treatment view their concerns from a different perspective. Family constellations approach may be offered as a treatment for issues that are difficult to treat using conventional therapy.
This approach was developed by psychotherapist Bert Hellinger in Germany in the mid-1990s. Proponents of family constellations also believe that the method to be less restrictive than other therapeutic methods and support its capacity in allowing people to view different perspectives and alternate solutions.
How does family constellation work?
Family constellation is a day-long workshop run by a trained facilitator. The participants target an area in their present life that needs resolution, clarity, or healing. It does not necessarily have to relate to family history, nor related to the family of origin.
The facilitator may ask the participants to explain what they are feeling to shed light on certain emotions and relational aspects that can be connected to the issue being addressed. This allows the other participants to listen and gain a new perspective on the situation.
The facilitator repositions the members, asking them occasionally to speak their minds. Resolution may not be immediately clear to the person who presented the issue. The members of the group may be moved from place to place in the constellation until they find their position or they are able to verbally express their feeling of comfort in the constellation.
Benefits of family constellation
Family constellation therapy can be used for a wide range of situations and emotional issues that needed to be addressed or resolved. The following is a list of some personal and relationship issues that can be addressed by the therapy:
- Bad habits
- Failure at work
- Negative relationship patterns
- Family dysfunction
- Children of divorce
- Obsessive thoughts
- Physical illnesses
- Financial problems
- Excessive guilt
- Common or chronic health issues
- Clearing or removing emotional or energetic blockages
What to expect from family constellation
Unlike traditional talk therapies, a session of family constellation therapy involves the use of energy from other participants to help the person unlock and address disharmonies within his or her own life. Using surrogates can help the individual address and resolve a past or current issues, to move forward in life. Also, this alternative form of healing is known to cause a ripple effect, from people in the extended family to the circle of friendship.
A session of professional Family Constellations session is gentle, safe and effective process which can be beneficial to people seeking to resolve issues and create a more fulfilled and happier life.