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History of Family Constellations

Bert Hellinger created, and is still developing, Family Constellations. He was born in 1925 in Germany to a Catholic family. He has said that his parentsí faith immunized the family from the distortions of socialism and Hitlerís indoctrination. In his teenage years Bert avoided the Hitler youth and in doing so, was classified as an enemy of the people. Before he could be arrested, he was drafted into the German army at age 17. He became a soldier, saw combat, was captured, and was a POW in an allied camp in Belgium. After escaping the camp he returned to Germany and became a Catholic priest, which was his wish since childhood.

In the early 1950ís he was sent to be a missionary and ended up spending 16 years with the Zulu tribe in S Africa. This experience learning how the Zulu people remembered and respected their ancestors, and how they consulted their spirits for guidance and conflict resolution, strongly influenced his later work. He was a teacher, director of a school and parish priest all at once. After 25 years as a priest he left the priesthood, following his inner growth.

Bert trained in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Austria, and body-centered psychotherapy and family systems in the U.S. He began to synthesize a wide range of healing modalities to start creating something uniquely his own. One of the most powerful components of his healing approach is the teaching to listen to oneís own soul for guidance and strength, and not to accept what is being said, no matter by whom.

There are numerous important figures who are recognized as important to the evolution of Family Constellations. Some of them are:

  • Virginia Satir in the early 60ís and her model called Family Reconstruction, which later became Family Sculpting;
  • Salvador Minuchinís Structural Family Therapy
  • The Milan school in Italy working with the idea of problems involving the family as a whole, not just the individual
  • The Palo Alto groups use of Strategic Family Therapy
  • Milton Erickson's use of hypnotherapy
Bert Hellingerís work added a spiritual dimension to these approaches, and a number of guiding principles called Orders of Love. Bertís first generation of students carried the work all over the world, and includes Peter and Jamy Faust of The Constellation Approach in Boston, MA. Peter and Jamy offer a 3-year immersion program, in which we have trained and been certified.



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Upcoming Events with Chuck Cogliandro & Kelly Lyn

Monday November 6th, 2017, 7:00-9:30pm
- First Monday Monthly Healing Circle
- DrumRise Studio, 1474 Montevallo Circle, Decatur, GA 30033
- $35 per person, or $100 for five sessions
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Monday December 4th, 2017, 7:00-9:30pm
- First Monday Monthly Healing Circle
- NEW LOCATION: DrumRise Studio, 1474 Montevallo Circle, Decatur, GA 30033
- $35 per person, or $100 for five sessions
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Sunday January 21st, 2018, 9:30am-6pm with lunchbreak
- Full Day Family Constellations Seminar
- LOCATION: Our office, 1431 McLendon Dr. Suite C, Decatur, GA 30033
- $100 before January 7th, $125 after
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