Family Constellations

A constellation is a format for working with transgenerational energies that show up in our lives as illness, depression, financial struggles, relationship issues, lack of motivation, addictions, etc.

Volunteers are used to represent members of a person’s family, or aspects of their experience.

Bert Hellinger, who developed this work, based on Virginia Satir’s work with families, describes setting up a constellation this way: “So, to explain a constellation just a little, all people carry with them an energetic field or blueprint of their biological families—this field has been called by some a family soul, or family conscience. That field has an enormous unconscious effect on each family members life and all the people they interact with. Long standing problems with health, depression, relationships, failed finances, etc. are usually a result of unconscious ‘entanglements’ in the family soul. Doing a constellation is a way to bring those entanglements to light, and to allow for some resolution to happen. Quite often after a constellation, other members of the family who were not present for the constellation—and didn’t even know it was happening–report dramatic shifts as a result. Because the family is a system—like an energetic mobile, what affects one, affects all. And what keeps one stuck, affects them all…

“A client selects from a group representatives for members of his family and puts them in relationship to one another. If he has set them up, he may be very much surprised of what he suddenly sees. In the first picture something hidden is usually shown already. For instance, we may see that some of the members want to leave the family. And we see, when they are set up, the representatives feel like the people they represent without knowing them. So, they know about the people they don’t know. That shows something about the human condition. We are not just on our own, we are connected with many others in a very mysterious way. What also comes to light in family constellations is that in the end all in the family are equal. Nobody is better, nobody is worse. So at the end, we can be very humble and take our place in our family, and by taking our right place in the family, we feel good and free.”

Sometimes constellations are done in a blind format, where the representatives being set up do not know who or what they are representing. The family dynamics and unconscious entanglements begin to show up quite clearly as a general rule. Then these unconscious dynamics and entanglements can be brought to light and acknowledged. After this acknowledgment it is sometimes possible to allow for a healing resolution to come about, allowing the client to be free of the block or limitation.

It is not uncommon for the people volunteering to be representatives or watching the constellation to also receive shifts and insights into their own family systems as well.


Due to the increasing demands of our teaching schedule private constellations are not always available. However, there are many of our graduates that we can refer you to. For a referral, send an email to

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