"In the silence and stillness of the constellated scene,
the client and representatives are able to tune into the unconscious collective will of the family system."
- Dan Booth Cohen
Messengers THE FAMILY JOURNAL, July, 2006
The Official Journal of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

Family Constellations: An Innovative Systemic Phenomenological Group Process From Germany

by Dan Booth Cohen

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The "Family Constellation" process is a trans-generational, phenomenological, therapeutic intervention with roots in family systems therapy, existential-phenomenology, and the ancestor reverence of the South African Zulus. Although the Family Constellation process is sanctioned by family therapy associations in Europe and is being integrated by thousand of licensed practitioners worldwide, the work is virtually unknown in the United States. This article serves as a broad introduction to the Family Constellation method and includes a biographical sketch of its originatoróBert Hellinger (born 1925).


Bert Hellinger Biographical Sketch
Roots and Influences

  • Phenomenology
  • Zulu Ancestor Reverence
  • Family Systems Therapy
Process Description
Prereflective Fundemental Structures
  • Soul
  • Conscience
  • Belonging, Balance, Hierarchy
  • Existence

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