The Systemic Constellations Technique, also known as Family Constellations, is a therapeutic approach used to explore and resolve conflicts and issues within family systems and other complex social systems. It was developed by Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist, in the late 20th century.


In systemic constellations, a group of participants or clients represent various elements or individuals within a system, such as family members, colleagues, or even abstract concepts like emotions or values. Through guided facilitation, the system is visually and experientially represented, often through physical placement of participants in the room.

Key Concepts

1. Orders of Love: According to Hellinger’s theory, there are fundamental principles or “orders of love” that govern healthy functioning within systems. These include the principles of belonging, hierarchy, and balance.

2. Systemic Entanglements: Family systems may become entangled with unresolved issues or traumas from the past, leading to disruptions and imbalances in the present. These entanglements can affect the well-being and behaviors of individuals within the system.

3. Repetition and Loyalty: Individuals within a system might unknowingly repeat patterns or adopt behaviors in order to fulfill unconscious loyalties or maintain a sense of belonging to their family or social group.


In a systemic constellations session, a facilitator guides the process and ensures the safety and confidentiality of participants. The facilitator may ask questions, invite participants to take on specific roles, or use other techniques to bring hidden dynamics to light.

Participants often report experiencing insights, emotions, and energetic connections during the constellations process. By observing and honoring these experiences, individuals and the larger system can gain new perspectives, understanding, and potential resolutions to the challenges they face.


The systemic constellations technique has been applied in various contexts, including:

1. Family Therapy: Systemic constellations can help uncover and heal intergenerational patterns of trauma or conflict within families, leading to improved relationships and well-being.

2. Organizational Development: This technique is used in businesses and organizations to explore team dynamics, identify hidden obstacles, and increase productivity and cooperation.

3. Personal Growth: Systemic constellations offer individuals an opportunity to gain personal insights, resolve inner conflicts, and develop a deeper understanding of their place within larger systems.