What are systemic constellations?

Systemic constellations, developed by the German philosopher and psychotherapist Bert Hellinger, provide a solution-focused process for addressing personal, family, social and organisational issues. ‘Constellations’ work by identifying, illuminating and offering healing resolutions to many seemingly intractable issues whose roots often lie deep in the unconscious areas of our own family and social systems (hence systemic constellations). This whole-system approach differs from other therapeutic approaches in that it explores each person’s wider place in the inter-connected groups or systems to which they belong, rather than simply focusing on the individual in an isolated way. These ‘systems’ may be our current family or our family of origin, our body system – ie: our health issues, our workplace or even the environment in which we live.

Who benefits from Systemic Constellations?

Systemic constellations can help with a wide range of issues including family and relationship difficulties, divorce, family secrets, violence and loss, illness, eating disorders, addictions, adoption, abortion, infertility and ongoing emotional symptoms such as unhappiness, rage, limitation, depression or lack of motivation. Whilst we each have our own personal history we are also, inevitably, deeply connected with our wider familial, social and cultural history which exerts a strong, and often unacknowledged, influence over us. Exploring this entanglement through systemic constellations can offer remarkable insight into otherwise apparently intractable issues.

Seven Family Generations

What happens at a Systemic Constellations workshop?

At a systemic constellation workshop participants wishing to explore an issue are invited to set up a constellation using members of the group to represent elements of whatever system they are working on – this may be in relation to a personal issue, a family issue, a career or business issue. By creating a “living map” of an issue, dynamic or situation, simple but hidden truths can be seen and understood, giving new insight and opportunities for change and movement.
Both representing and holding an issue at a constellations workshop can give profound insight and healing opportunities. It is for this reason that Gaye does not charge more for guaranteed issue-holder places at her workshops.
Constellation work is undertaken with a deep respect for the principles and naturally occurring universal forces, such as time and place, and inclusion, which govern the balance, health and contentment in all families and groups of people.
The comfort and safety of the group is attended to at all times and this is supported by a group confidentiality contract.

Do I need any knowledge/experience of constellation work to attend a workshop?

No – absolutely not. Each group will almost certainly have some experienced participants and some absolute beginners. You may come to a workshop without any prior preparation, or even understanding, of the work. You will be guided through the day and by the end will feel as if you have been using this method for years.

Do I have to attend a workshop to do systemic work?

No. Gaye also offers individual systemic coaching sessions in person or via skype for those who might prefer not to work in a group setting. This can be a very useful alternative to workshops and a powerful form of short-term therapy.
Please contact Gaye for further details