Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Family Constellation Enrichment Groups

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_380-1

Name of Model

Family Constellation Enrichment Groups



Family Constellations are a transpersonal, systemically oriented, phenomenological experiential therapeutic process. This method of depth psychology was first developed by German psychoanalyst Bert Hellinger (b. 1925). The process integrates elements of family systems therapy (Adler, Satir, Borszenmenyi-Nagy, Berne, Erickson), existential phenomenology (Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger), depth psychology (Jung), and indigenous ancestral devotion beliefs (Zulu, Buddhism-Taoism-Confucianism, Shamanic). Originally designed as individual therapy in a group context, it has since evolved to include formats that can be used in individual therapy and organizational consulting. Practitioners often combine Family Constellations with other therapeutic modalities to form new hybrids such as Equine Constellations, Shamanic Constellations, and Core Language Constellations. The object of...


Family Constellation Systemic Constellation Work Lineal Family Members Phenomenological Orientation Conscious System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Private PracticeWickfordUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA