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What are Systemic Family Constellations?

March 29, 20233 min read

“But nothing that has been can ever really disappear.
It remains because it existed.
Although it is now past, its effect continues
and becomes still more through the new that follows.
Like a round drop of rain falling from a passing cloud
dissolves in an ocean, which remains” - Bert Hellinger


If you’ve been thinking of setting up a family constellation to help achieve your current goals, I can highly recommend the experience. But what is this little known modality all about, and how can its power help you to heal and thrive? If your current situation or challenge has traces in your earlier childhood i.e. family system, may your soul read on.

Systemic Family Constellations

Resolve unfinished business at the systemic level and support achievement of your goals in the here and now 💓

What are Systemic Family Constellations?

Systemic Family Constellations (Family Constellations, SFC and FC interchangeably) is a standalone therapeutic modality that facilitates growth, healing and transformation from the holistic and dynamic perspective of the family system.

SFC shines a light on systemic forces that continue to impact our lives in the present, which often have roots further back than we could even imagine (generally spanning multiple generations). The highly phenomenological approach (i.e. immediately observable in the here and now) is designed to reveal hidden dynamics that unconsciously influence and shape our present-day thoughts, feelings, behaviours and emotional experiences.

It is often these hidden forces that hinder us from moving forwards in our lives.

The powerful form of individual and ancestral healing was created by German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger in the 1990s; it is a culmination of his circa 50-year career working with families, including observational studies undertaken while living with Zulu people in Africa.

How does it work?

Family Constellations is offered to individuals and couples in both private sessions and group workshops and can be performed in-person and virtually.

Through a process that facilitates change through awareness, unburdening and reconciliation, FC rebalances the natural order and flow of love throughout a system in ways that promote growth and healing at the individual level – often with noticeable positive ripples across the whole.

In workshops, this is achieved through the use of representatives who energetically ‘stand in the shoes of’ family members (past and/or present), and in private sessions through ongoing dialogue and feedback between the clients and facilitator.

Hypno-constellations can also be facilitated from the client’s ‘mind’s-eye’ using light trance.

What are Systemic Family Constellations used for?

Given the FC focus on the self within its system, this powerful modality is best used for issues or conditions that relate to our family systems, such as persistent patterns rooted in our early childhood experiences.

Potential applications are seemingly endless 😉

Is SFC ever contraindicated, or not recommended?

Yes, as with hypnotherapy and DeTrauma Technique (DTT), there are some known conditions for which SFC is contraindicated, or not advised. Make sure you’re working with an appropriately trained practitioner at all times and if they advise SFC is not for you, please don’t take it personally.

As with hypnotherapy, contraindicated conditions include (not limited to): schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and psychotic disorders.

So there you have it: the 411 on Systemic Family Constellations. When will I see you next?

Book your next session and take advantage of my intro offer while it lasts.

LR x

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Linda Ruiter-Dawson

Hi! Linda Ruiter-Dawson here, clinical hypnotherapist, life & wellness coach and Jill of many a modality. Passionate about life, vitality, health and healing.

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