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Rate R 800.00 / USD 80.00 / GBP 80.00
VenueAtholl, Sandton, JHB
In Person or via Telephone or via Skype
Time1.5 - 2 hours
Available sessions7 days a week
Payment Cash or direct deposit. Paypal accepted.
I have been a student of Family Constellation Therapy since 2007 and became a qualified practitioner in 2008.

I have attended the necessary courses in order to offer this intensive therapy on a one-on-one basis, by telephone, via skype, or in groups.

Family Constellation Credentials

Most Family Constellation Therapy (FCT) sessions are done in a group setting, with individuals being nominated to represent the client's family members. Many individuals are not comfortable working in a group setting, and are adverse to having their issues and problems openly discussed amongst others. Group sessions can also be traumatic for some individuals. They may also be uncomfortable expressing emotions in public. FCT can be done in a private and safe one-on-one session.

"Children seldom or never dare to live a happier or more fulfilling life than their parents. Unconsciously they remain loyal to unspoken family traditions that work invisibly. Family Constellations are a way of discovering underlying family bonds and forces that have been carried unconsciously over several generations." Bertold Ulsamer

Background to Family Constellation Therapy
Family Constellation Therapy (FCT) was initially pioneered by Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist. He studied philosophy, theology, psychotherapy and pedagogy. He is a former Jesuit priest who did missionary work in South Africa for 16 years. On his return to Germany, he continued to further his studies and eventually developed FCT.

FCT is used to assist an individual break destructive family patterns of unhappiness, illness, failure and addiction. It helps the individual free themselves from unconscious entanglements with family members, and thus move beyond the family system. Bert Hellinger states that 80% of all our personal problems are as a direct result of problems within our family system. Our family system pertains to our biological ancestors (parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc).

Karin Block says, "We unconsciously store information pertaining to each of the members of our family system, even if we never met these members or have no information about them. This is what we call the family conscience, which 'dictates' that we must act according to the rules of the family system we belong to. Our connection to the family system is unconscious. It happens out of love." Bonded by a deep love, a child will often sacrifice his own best interests in a vain attempt to ease the suffering of a parent or another family member.

FCT has the power to illuminate the hidden, and often destructive loyalties within families. The client is considered to be a vital part of a family system, rather than a separate entity. Bert Hellinger discovered that traumatic events within families can affect the generations to come. Events such as premature or violent deaths, abortions, miscarriages, suicides, adoptions, lost loves, etc. can all impact the family system and can result in a member becoming entangled with a member of our family system. We may find ourselves suffering from the very same experience that one of our relatives. If any member of the family is disrespected, forgotten, excluded, or disregarded in some way, someone in a later generation may repeat his or her fate by sharing a similar misfortune. Only when we acknowledge and honour the difficult fates of those who've preceded us, can we heal our family system and our pursuing destinies.

For example, living children tend to identify with and go searching for a lost sibling (an abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth). A child may experience the death of her true love in the same way that mother lost her true love. A child may suffer from alcoholism because his father was an alcoholic. All negative experiences encountered by both parents are mirrored by the child and a such, the child inadvertently recreates situations in his/her life that reflect circumstances.

The power of FCT is that is assists members of a family to establish new ways of relating to each other and to acknowledge another's pain and suffering. It requires individuals to let go of their "stories" and to truly recognise the motivations, actions, thoughts and feelings of another member. 'Story' is merely our perception of an event but excludes any hidden or unconscious motivations experienced by another individual. Through FCT we are able to identify the motivations of all members in the family system. As such, FCT is able to provide healing, not only for the client, but for all the family members that are represented in the session.

FCT is also used to bring 'order' back to the family system. For example, a mother who has had a miscarriage, followed by two living children, is considered to have three children. Bringing order back to the family system begins by acknowledging the 'miscarried' child as being part of the family.

All constellations are guided by a facilitator who identifies a particular hidden loyalty based on the manner in which the various representatives interact with each other. Once the 'negative pattern' is identified, healing can then take place to release the client from the systemic burden. The client is then able to live a healthier and happier life.



Accreditation Date Accredited Teacher
Family Constellation Therapy - Illness and Disease7 - 9 November 2008Guni Baxa (Germany)
Healing the Family System I10 - 12 July 2008
27 Feb - 1 Mar 2009
Carin Block (Mexico)
Healing the System II
Family, Groups and Organisations
7 - 9 Mar 2009 Carin Block (Mexico)
20 x 1 Day Workshops
(Certificate of Attendence received: 13 December 2008)
March 2007 - December 2008Richard Higgins (SA)
6 Day Family Constellation Intensive Workshop
12 - 17 September 2010Richard Higgins (SA)
Constellations in Illness and Health8 - 10 March 2013Stephan Hauser (Germany)
Practitioner WorkshopsMonthly 2017N/A