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Case Study: A Healer’s Journey with Sarah – Deep Dive into Family Constellation Therapy

Family Constellations

As a healer with a focus on family and ancestral healing through family constellations, I’ve facilitated numerous transformative experiences. This case study delves deeper into Sarah’s journey, offering insights into the complex interplay of family dynamics and personal growth, and how addressing these can lead to profound changes in one’s professional and personal life.

Sarah, a talented marketing executive in her early thirties, felt inexplicably hindered in her career. Skilled and full of potential, she constantly struggled with a sense of inadequacy and a fear of success. Our sessions aimed to explore the underlying causes rooted in her family background.

Psychotherapist Bert Hellinger developed family constellation therapy based on the principle that generations can inherit unresolved family traumas. This therapy that delves deep into ancestral healing aims to reveal and resolve these hidden dynamics. It is supported by various psychological theories and research, emphasizing the significance of family systems in individual development.

Family Constellations Healing

Our sessions involved creating representations of Sarah’s family system, using figures or other participants, to externalize and examine her family relationships. This method allows for a visual and experiential understanding of family dynamics, often bringing unconscious loyalties and conflicts to light. The facilitation helps with family healing and goes deeper into ancestral patterns.

Session Insights

  1. Parental Expectations: A deep-seated family loyalty rooted Sarah’s reluctance to surpass her parents’ achievements. This is consistent with Hellinger’s theory of ‘family conscience’ – the unconscious need to belong and adhere to family norms.
  2. Sibling Dynamics: The protective yet competitive relationship with her brother was a classic example of sibling rivalry affecting self-perception and professional confidence. This aligns with Alfred Adler’s theory of family constellation in psychology.
  3. Cultural and Familial Beliefs: The belief that ‘women should not be too ambitious’ was a significant barrier. This reflects the broader societal narratives and their impact on individual psyche, as explored in various feminist psychological theories.

The Healing Process

Our approach was multi-faceted, involving dialogue, role-playing, and emotional processing. We focused on acknowledging these patterns, understanding their origins, and fostering a new narrative for Sarah. This process was not just cognitive but deeply experiential, facilitating a shift in Sarah’s emotional landscape. In constellations. A facilitator allows the field to lead the work and it is not the facilitator that leads the way.


Sarah’s journey is a testament to the power of understanding and healing family dynamics. As a healer, my role was to guide her through this intricate process, helping her to unlock her potential and embrace a more fulfilling professional path. This case study not only highlights the effectiveness of family constellation therapy but also underscores the importance of addressing familial influences in personal development.


Family constellations are a personal experience. The querent, participants, and observers see and experience them differently. The case study here is reflective of the work for one client but may not necessarily apply to others. To preserve confidentiality, I have changed the client name.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are the personal opinions of the author and are provided for informational purposes only. They are not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Trauma and its recovery are complex, and the strategies discussed may not be suitable for everyone. If you are experiencing trauma or its symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.

References and Further Reading

  1. Hellinger, B. (2001). Love’s Hidden Symmetry: What Makes Love Work in Relationships. Zeig, Tucker & Theisen Inc.
  2. Adler, A. (1956). The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler. Harper Torchbooks.
  3. Brown, L. S. (2018). Feminist Therapy. American Psychological Association.

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