Family Constellations, also known as Systemic Constellations and Systemic Family Constellations, is an alternative therapeutic method which draws on elements of family systems therapy, existential phenomenology and Zulu or shamanistic attitudes to family.
In a session, a Family Constellation will attempt to reveal a previously unseen systemic dynamic in a family that is derived from many generations past. The impasse that has foundations in the previous generation has the opportunity to heal through movement and restoration of right relationship in families in the present.
Unexpressed emotions and blockages, acts of violence present or transgenerational, can be given an opportunity to be voiced, can resolve expressed and or exposed with love as the healing outcome. No one has to be exposed to abusive behaviors or old perpetrators. A family member in the present can resolve the deleterious effects of that dynamic by encouraging the subject to encounter representatives of the past and accept the facts and the reality of the past. Family Constellations diverges slightly from other conventional forms of cognitive, behavior and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
The method founder Bert Hellinger incorporates the pseudoscientific idea of morphic resonance into his explanation of Family Constellations. Positive outcomes from the therapy have been attributed to conventional explanations such as suggestion and empathy. Many facilitators 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. Hellinger also referred to the relation between present and past problems that are not caused by direct personal experience as Systemic entanglements, which are said to occur when unresolved trauma has 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, or abuse.
The psychiatrist Iván Böszörményi-Nagy referred to this phenomenon as Invisible Loyalties
A phenomenological experience, for the brave explorer willing to open new doorways of healing for themselves and others.