International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 5 Num. 1 - April 2005


Las Constelaciones Familiares de Bert Hellinger: Un Procedimiento Psicoterap?utico en Busca de Identidad [The Family Constellations of Bert Hellinger: A Therapy in Search of Identity]

Volume 5 Num. 1 - April 2005 - Pages 85-96


Yolanda Alonso


The main purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze a psychotherapeutic approach known as ?Family Constellation?. Although this intervention is widely spread in German-speaking countries, it remains practically unknown in the Spanish-speaking professional spectrum. Family Constellation mainly pretends to reconstruct the client's picture of his or her family of origin. The intervention is developed in a one-session group setting, in which participants are invited to take the role of the relatives of the client in order to form a ?living family tree?. Despite its popular success, Family Constellation remains a very controversial process. There is almost not information about its therapeutic effectiveness and its theoretical principles have not been demonstrated. Nevertheless, some of its components deserve a careful consideration. The approach holds an interesting understanding of psychological problems in a transgenerational diachronic dimension. Moreover, the procedure could be a powerful tool for finding out significant dynamics among human relationships

Key words:

Psychotherapy, family constellation, theoretical constructs

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