The purpose of Family Constellations is to energetically resolve the negative effects and potentially destructive behaviors within families. We are not only born into families where we inherit biological genes and systems of beliefs but we act, pattern and react from our family systems too. Family constellations suggests that individuals might unconsciously “adopt” these concerns as a way of helping other members to cope. 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.
Bert Hellinger who formulated this therapy, refers to Systemic entanglements as the relationship between present and past problems that are not caused by our own direct personal experience. It is said to occur when unresolved traumas have afflicted a family through an event such as murder, suicide, death of a mother in childbirth, early death of a parent or sibling, war, natural disaster, emigration, addiction or abuse. Resolution and or closure is brought about through a constellation process. This therapy can be done on a one on one basis or in group constellations.
In a one-on-one session the constellation is done with the therapist and client using felts of color as representations for the family members and in group situations the constellation is done with the therapist, client and other representatives.