/ Family Constellation
Aufstellungs (also known as Family Constellations) are a way of discovering underlying family bonds and forces that have been carried unconsciously over several generations. Unconsciously they (children) remain loyal to unspoken family traditions that work invisibly.
— Bertold Ulsamer
A family constellation is a three-dimensional group process that has the power to shift generations of suffering and unhappiness. Unconscious family loyalties are released; unresolved family trauma and hidden dynamics are brought out. There are wounds in the psyche of the participant that can be rooted in ancestral history, and unconsciously carried forward in words, physical symptoms, and body defenses carried unknowingly.
Family constellation work allows participants to break unhealthy patterns, and begin to live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. Inner wisdom is opened up and made available. A safe, gentle, and non-judgmental environment is maintained for the group. The client moves toward clarity and healing solutions (through insight about his/her ancestors), rather than staying stuck in problem orientation. One moment of insight can set a new life course in motion. Results are often truly life-changing.
Family constellation therapy was pioneered by psychotherapist and philosopher Bert Hellinger, and philosophers and therapists such as Edmund Husserl, Ivan Boszormenya-Nagy, and Dr. Albrecht Mahr, who said family constellation therapy “…has become increasingly recognized as an astounding, powerful and far-reaching approach to lasting resolutions in cases which before had seemed beyond reach. Once that love is freed from unconscious entanglements dating back one, two or three generations, it becomes a force for profound healing.”
Individual and Group Family Constellation (Aufstellung) Workshops
Clients may benefit from group workshops or a one-on- one constellation experience in a private setting. Many clients use both workshops and individual settings for healing and expansion. Often a client comes to a group workshop initially, and then when he or she schedules an individual session, a further deepening of awareness and clarity occurs. The private session may be a one-time experience or may be repeated as new awareness continues to expand and be integrated.
Clients find clarity and healing from a wide range of challenges, such as family issues, health, addictions, trauma, career and more. Constellations can also be created to look into larger social issues such as education, politics, nature, and health care.
After I left my family constellation session I felt deep love and close connection with my family. It was as if they were here with me! In the days following, I felt the presence of my ancestors supporting and guiding me. The session also revealed the untold story of my father, creating an opening for compassion, forgiveness, and healing. Carrie was fantastic, making this mysterious work accessible. She created a comfortable, safe, non-judgmental space.
Elyse’s experience with Family Constellation video