Systemic work

Systemic work

People all live in different systems. Families, organisations and even sports club are considered systems. We are all affected by these systems, consciously or unconsciously. What exactly is a system? Have you ever observed your team or family from a distance? A different perspective can give you a much more unobstructed view on matters. Feelings and relationships become visible and lead to new insights…the start of change.

What is a systemic constellation?

A systemic constellation is a living painting in which colleagues, themes or family members are represented by unknown persons (representatives) who make themselves available for this purpose. You place these people in a room, at a particular place that you feel matches their role. After the representatives have been set up, they miraculously access information that is important at that point of the constellation. That information plays an important role; it symbolises feelings and relationships to others, creating a 3D image that provides information about the client’s system.

A systemic constellation brings new insights

A systemic constellation is a living painting in which colleagues, themes or family members are represented by unknown persons (representatives) who make themselves available for this purpose. You place these people in a room, at a particular place that you feel matches their role. After the representatives have been set up, they miraculously access information that is important at that point of the constellation. That information plays an important role; it symbolises feelings and relationships to others, creating a 3D image that provides information about the client’s system.

Family constellations

The family in which you are born is the basis of your life. Your parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles and aunts and a whole range of ancestors form the clay from which you are moulded. All these people have left their mark on you. This means that events that happened generations ago can often continue to affect the family unconsciously. These can range from war, abuse, miscarriage, crime, exploitation, abortion, emigration to adoption, premature death of family members, divorce, etc.

There is always an invisible influence present within the family

The patterns have been created, affect all members of a family to a greater or lesser extent. Anyone born within a family system will always be part of this system. Specific disruptions can linger in the family for generations as an unconscious and invisible influence.

Suffocating

Bert Hellinger is the founder of the family constellations concept. He discovered that children often mimic the feelings and behaviours of a person from their family’s past. If this is not clearly expressed, the child can, throughout their lives, hold on to feelings and behaviours that are, in fact, not their own.

When a therapist tries to find a solution at the level of expression, this will, generally, not bring about a real change. This is because we are dealing with symptom control rather than addressing the cause. Identifying a systemic problem, a problem with a cause that is situated at a (collective) unconscious level, requires a different approach.

Family constellations can expose this entanglement. A systemic constellation often enables counsellors to find out with how or with whom a client has an entanglement. When the dynamics within a system become visible, this creates room for the client to disconnect from the entanglement and start leading their own life.

There are different forms of entanglements or unconscious loyalty to a family member or pattern. For example, you notice that relationships repeatedly fail or that your work does not provide the satisfaction you seek. Or you walk around with feelings that you have no idea how they got there, such as the feeling of being left out, or grief, anxiety, aggression and so on. But symptoms such as depression, guilt, addiction, mental disorder, suicidal tendencies or diseases can also indicate hidden ties with former family members.

Systemic work

Organisation or team constellation

Everyone lives in a system. Systems also exist within organisations. (Un)consciously, we are all affected by these systems. You can tirelessly discuss your team and the bottlenecks you are dealing with, but have you ever observed your team from a distance? A different perspective can give you a much more unobstructed view on matters. Feelings and relationships become immediately visible and new insights lead to change.

I was surprised how powerful the workshop is. I feel like I know the whole group very well now. I have benefited equally from both the live and the online setup’

Teun K. Eindhoven

Starting point

Each individual has their own place within a team from which they move and influence the bigger picture. The place they occupy as an individual never just happened or just came into existence. That place was chosen, even if it seems that circumstances have forced the individual to do so. But even then, that place is the result of a choice based on personal motives. When each team member is in the right place to reach their full potential, the team’s performance is optimal.

Results

The team constellation visualises the dynamics and relationships within an organisation. The (unconscious) force field that is active within the organisation becomes apparent. This method allows you to get to the heart of a problem quickly.

It provides insight into what is going on in a team, which connections there are, where the bottlenecks are. In short, it can bring about immediate change. A team constellation is a very effective way to get to the heart of a question. It leads to more connection, openness and better cooperation within an organisation.

A team constellation is a powerful tool. It is often confrontational and intensive. This coaching method does justice to both the individual and the collective. It fits into a corporate culture where the individual gets sufficient room to contribute to a successful business, applying their own values and full potential.

Een teamopstelling is een krachtig instrument. Het is vaak confronterend en intensief. Deze coachmethode doet altijd recht aan zowel het individu als het collectief. Het past in een bedrijfscultuur waarin het individu de ruimte krijgt, zodat hij/zij vanuit zijn eigen waarden en volledige potentie kan bijdragen aan een succesvolle onderneming.

More connection, openness and cooperation in the organisation

Family constellations

Have you been triggered by the beautiful work created by a systemic constellation? At the request of our clients, we also organise family constellations. An organisation constellation does not include an employee’s family life, but a family constellation allows you to investigate this part of the system further, letting you dig deeper.