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.

Systemic constellations is a general name that includes family, organisational constellations and other constellations. Systemic constellations are part and method of the Systemic Work method.

A Constellation is part of the Systemic Work method. A Constellation visualizes underlying patterns that relate to the question, situation or the ‘experienced’ symptoms. With a constellation, it is as it were a 3D projection / helicopter view 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 image, it is possible to see tensions, movements and recurring patterns, which provide insights/changes into the issue in question.

A Constellation can be performed 1 on 1 or in groups and both forms are offered “live” and “online”. In groups gives an extra dimension because the group members can give words to the experienced insights / changes. This extra dynamism will surprise you!

The magic of a constellation is that you understand and experience the insights and changes through the image of the constellation.

Prior to the preparation, the participant has a certain picture (mental and emotional) of the question / situation. By constellate the most important persons and elements that relate to the relevant question / situation, the inner image of the participant is projected spatially.

With the help of interventions (for example, moving elements, sayings, making connections, etc.), tensions and patterns can be broken. In this way, the projected image of the participant actually changes. These changes can lead to new insights and changes.

We also sometimes say that we literally feel the penny drop. The moment when you understand and feel it is right. Just like the moment in picture 1 when you can see both pictures, the eureka moment.

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.

Afbeelding met boom, buiten Automatisch gegenereerde beschrijving


Often we tend to solve problems in terms of symptoms and emotions. This approach focuses on the consequence and often offers temporary solutions.

A constellation looks at the cause or the patterns behind the symptoms and emotions. The situation of your question is mapped by placing the most important persons / elements spatially, relative to each other. We call this the inner image of the situation, through the interventions a new inner image is created and the steering behind the behavior changes. Like the image 2 along the way the image of the situation / question changes but it’s impossible to say exactly where the cover takes place. But in the end there is a new/different image.

As a result, you will gradually notice that you approach things differently, that you no longer worry about certain things, that the role patterns in relationships have changed, that you have made other choices, etc.

Figure 2 Gradient images male head – female body. You see a completely different picture at the end of the series than at the beginning, but it is impossible to say exactly where the cover takes place.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

A 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.

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

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