In today’s world, understanding the intricate dynamics of family relationships is becoming ever more important. One therapeutic approach that has gained significant attention in this realm is the method of Family Constellations. Whether you’re a therapy enthusiast, someone interested in understanding family dynamics, or just curious about this novel approach, we’ve got you covered. This comprehensive guide will delve deep into Family Constellations, answering all your burning questions.

What are Family Constellations?

At its core, Family Constellations is a therapeutic approach designed to help reveal the hidden dynamics within a family that may be causing emotional distress, physical illnesses, or other issues in an individual’s life. The method acknowledges that an individual’s wellbeing is deeply connected to the wellbeing of their family system.

How did Family Constellations originate?

Family Constellations, also known as Systemic Constellations, was developed by Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist, in the 1990s. Hellinger combined his knowledge from various fields including psychoanalysis, family therapy, and traditional Zulu rituals to form this unique approach.

How does a Family Constellations session work?

During a session:

  1. The client presents a personal issue or concern.
  2. The therapist asks the client to choose individuals (either from a group setting or using objects in individual therapy) to represent family members.
  3. These representatives are then arranged in a spatial manner, reflecting the client’s internal image of their family dynamics.
  4. The therapist observes and makes subtle interventions, guiding the client towards a resolution or new understanding of their issue.

What are the benefits of Family Constellations?

Are there any criticisms of Family Constellations?

Like any therapeutic approach, Family Constellations isn’t exempt from criticisms. Some professionals raise concerns about the method’s lack of empirical research, while others feel that it may oversimplify complex family issues. It’s always essential to approach any therapeutic method with an open mind while also doing thorough research.

Who should consider Family Constellations therapy?

Anyone feeling stuck due to family-related issues, wanting to understand family patterns, or wishing to address generational traumas may find Family Constellations beneficial. However, it’s always crucial to consult with a mental health professional before deciding on a therapeutic method.


Family Constellations offers a unique lens through which we can view and understand our family systems. By bringing hidden dynamics to the forefront, this method has the potential to lead individuals towards healing and a better understanding of themselves. As with all therapeutic techniques, it’s essential to find a skilled practitioner and ensure it’s the right fit for you.

How Abi Beri Can Assist You

As a certified Family Constellation therapist, Abi Beri brings a wealth of experience to his clients in Dublin, Naas, Newbridge, Kildare, and even offers remote sessions all over Ireland. In addition to her expertise in Family Constellations, Abi combines her skills as an energy healer and trauma therapist, providing a holistic approach to healing and self-discovery. By working 1-on-1 with Abi, you gain a dedicated partner in navigating the complexities of your family dynamics, ensuring you receive personalized guidance tailored to your unique journey.

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