Systemic constellations is an intervention that aims to identify or release prereflective, transgenerational patterns that are rooted in family, community, and organizational systems. The intervention integrates existential phenomenology, family systems therapy, and the ancestor respect of South African Zulu culture. This process addresses the unhealthy, destructive, or ineffective dynamics within systems. Anecdotal and case study data suggest that participants experience a heightened awareness of embedded patterns of behavior that plays itself out within the system.

Historical Context

Bert Hellinger (1925– ) developed systemic constellation therapy. Hellinger was a German Catholic who was recruited by the Hitler Youth during Nazi-era Germany. When he declined to join, he was considered an enemy and faced persecution. To escape this persecution, he joined the German regular army. While serving in combat ...

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