Constellations is a unique approach to healing that was originally developed by Bert Hellinger from both western therapeutic sources and indigenous traditions. It can promote deep levels of resolutions for issues such as:
- Relationship difficulties between partners, parents and children.
- Inability to achieve what we want in life, problems with money or career.
- Persistent behavioural symptoms (such as drug/alcohol misuse, eating disorders, accident proneness and others).
- Self-harm and suicidal tendencies.
- Persistent emotional symptoms (such as rage, depression, lack of motivation etc).
The workshop provides an opportunity to explore your own issues in a safe, confidential environment with approximately 12 people. First, under the guidance of the facilitator, you are helped to clarify your issue. Then, using members of the group as representatives of your system, you place them in relation to each other.
By creating a living map or ‘constellation’ of ‘what is’ – which is often different from our mental pictures, family myths or agreed stories – we can begin to see and take in profoundly moving realities. The facilitator will also work with blockages revealed, enabling you to move forward towards a resolution of your issue.
Witnessing and serving as a representative in other people’s constellations also often touches us in a deep and healing way.
There are some issues that we face that may seem impossible to resolve. The roots of our limitations and suffering can lie in the unconscious forces of the family system. It is because these dynamics are hidden that they are difficult to observe.
Family Constellations is a systemic psychotherapy that can identify and resolve these forces. Based on the work of Bert Hellinger, it is a ‘solution orientated’ process, which searches for what might be the most healing outcome for an individual.
About the host
Chris Williams is UKCP registered gestalt psychotherapist and a senior accredited BACP counsellor with a well-established practice in South London. He studied Family Constellations with Hellinger Institute of Britain and the Nowhere Foundation and is director of the Centre for Systemic Constellations, the London-based training organisation.