1. What is Systemic Work?


The Systemic Work methodology looks at the situation in the context (environment) of the system in which the question arises.    


A system is seen as a living unit of elements that mutually influence and adapt to each other and their environment, in order to be able to live (survive). Each system in turn is part of a larger system.


You can see your family, work, organization, etc. as systems. Of all the systems you are part of, the family system is the most basic system. All systems have their own rules and laws, and their own culture and dynamics. The rules and laws are visible and explicit, but culture and dynamics are often invisible and implicit. The methodology Systemic Work focuses on this invisible and implicit part of a system.


Bert Hellinger (born in 1925, died 20 September 2019) is the founder of the methodology systemic working.



  1. What are Systemic Constellations?


A Systemic Constellation is part of the Systemic Work methodology. A Systemic Constellation visualizes underlying dynamics that relate to the question, situation or the 'experienced' symptoms. With a constellation, it is as it were a 3D projection of your inner image of the question.


The most important persons/elements related to your question will be placed in relation to each other. These persons/elements can be represented by (other) participants in the constellation, or by objects and symbols. Through this 3D image, it is possible to see tensions, movements and recurring patterns, which provide insight into the issue in question.


Examples of 'experienced' symptoms.



  • Too much sense of responsibility    
  • Relationship issues                                            
  • Overemotional or stressed                
  • Always caring and giving                    
  • Fears, Traumas                                     
  • Not being able to take success or happiness                
  • Health complaints                                  



  • How come the targets are not met?
  • What makes growth stagnate?
  • Where do the political games come from?
  • Why is there so much dissatisfaction?                      
  • What can be done about the course?
  • Why doesn't management have a grip on the department?       



  1. What is the magic of Systemic Constellations?


The questioner has a certain image (mental and emotional) of the issue prior to the constellation.


By drawing up those elements that relate to the issue in question, the inner image of the questioner is projected spatially.  With the help of small interventions (e.g. moving elements, making connections, etc.) tensions can be softened and patterns are broken. In this way, the projected image of the questioner actually changes. These changes can lead to new insights and thus to the adaptation of behaviour. Sometimes this happens immediately during the constellation.


We also sometimes say that we literally feel the penny drop. Just like the moment in picture 1 when you can see both images.


Figure 1; shows an old woman or a young girl, depending on the image you have when you look at it first. Do you see only one of the two possibilities? Then keep looking. The big crooked nose of the old woman is at the same time the left cheek and jaw of the young girl. The old woman's mouth is the young woman's necklace. The left eye of the old woman is the left ear of the young woman. Can you see it now? Show it to somebody else, if necessary, until you see both.

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A changeover can also be a gradual process. Based on the constellation you get a different image than at the beginning, without being able to say exactly when the image changed. Figure 2 gives an example of this.


Figure 2 Transitioning images: male head - female body. You see at the end of the series a totally different image than at the beginning, but where exactly the transition takes place cannot be said.





A Systemic Constellation changes the ‘inner‘ image of the questioner and he/she experiences enlightenment, relief and recognition. This literally creates space through which the change or solution can take place.



  1. What is the difference between a systemic constellation, a family, organization constellation and other constellations?


Systemic constellations is a general name that includes family, organization and other constellations. Systemic Constellations are a part and working form of the methodology Systemic Work.



  1. What is a family constellation?


A family constellation is a constellation in which the initial question arises from the family system. Challenging patterns (dynamics), which can occur in or around a family, are made visible.



  1. What is an Organizational Constellation?


An organizational constellation is a constellation in which the initial question arises from the work or organizational system. Challenging patterns, which can occur within or around organizations, are made visible. These patterns are located in the 'unconscious' of an organization, and show themselves on the surface by means of symptoms, such as:


  • A problem or conflict lasts for years without a solution.
  • There are dormant conflicts that are not easy to identify.
  • A department does not feel well managed or disputes the manager.
  • Different successive managers are facing the same problems.
  • Poor communication in which people do not feel heard and understood.
  • There is a high turnover; employees tend to want to leave.
  • Burn-out



  1. Is a family constellation with or without your family?


A constellation does not require the presence of other family members.


The most important persons/elements related to the question can be represented by (other) participants in the constellation or by objects and symbols.



  1. Is an organizational constellation with or without management and/or employees?


An organizational constellation does not require colleagues or employees of the organization to be present.


The most important persons/elements related to the question can be represented by (other) participants in the constellation or by objects and symbols.




  1. Are systemic constellations also suitable for children?


Systemic Constellations are also suitable for children. Children are often more intuitive than adults. Apart from this, it is always possible for the parents/carers to do a constellation for their child without the child being present.



  1. I want an intake interview first, is that possible?


In the profile of the coach, you can find the working method of the coach in question. It is also possible to send the coach an e-mail from the profile.




  1. Do I need to prepare myself for a constellation?


For a constellation, it is nice to collect factual information about for example your family of origin, organization or illness. However, it is not necessary to collect information in order to do a constellation.



  1. How long does a constellation take?


On average, a systemic constellation takes about 1 hour, which may vary from coach to coach.



  1. How many constellations do I need?


A systemic constellation can be used as a one-off insight into a question/situation. Experience shows that in the period after an initial constellation, change occurs in the situation in question. This can lead to new questions surfacing, which asks for a constellation.


The development process can be compared to an ‘onion‘, it concerns different layers and each layer has its own insights/solutions and contributes to the core.

We assume that each development has its own pace and that the person or organization knows (or perceives) exactly when the next step will occur and there is a need for new insights/changes.



  1. What does a Systemic Constellation give me?


A constellation can provide a lot of insight and information in a relatively short period of time (about 1 hour) and does not focus on the solution of the problem, but on its underlying causes.


During the Systemic Constellation, the participant gains insights into the question, situation or ‘experienced‘ symptoms. The participant understands the insights and experiences the change. Often you only notice afterwards that you are tackling things differently, that you no longer worry about certain things, that the role patterns in relationships have changed, that you have made different choices, etc.


Because of the insights, changes, the feeling of enlightenment, relief and recognition, the ‘inner‘ image has changed, with which the control behind your behaviour has changed and only afterwards you will be able to observe the actual change(s).



  1. What are the costs for a constellation?


In the coach's profile, you can find the rates he or she uses.



  1. Are Systemic Constellations reimbursed by the health insurance?


In the coach's profile, you can find this information.



  1. What about confidentiality and privacy?


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