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Family constellation therapy is a therapeutic approach that draws from family systems therapy, existential phenomenology, and ancestor reverence concepts from the culture of the Zulus in South Africa. The approach is unconventional in that techniques by the clinician or facilitator are minimal, the client speaks very little, and the resulting therapeutic process does not explore cognitive or emotional content. Instead, the purpose of the approach is to isolate and let go of unconscious, transgenerational mechanisms in the family system. Family constellation therapy is the most commonly practiced form of systemic constellations therapy and shares many similarities with its parent approach.

Historical Context

The founder of family constellation therapy, Bert Hellinger (1925– ), was highly influenced by his life experiences, namely, growing up in Nazi Germany, imprisonment in ...

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