About us

The Centre for Systemic Constellations was founded in 2001 by the UK’s leading teachers and practitioners. Together, our faculty develop and run systemic constellation training courses, seminars and workshops, as well as offering continuing professional development (CPD), supervision and specialist training, in the UK and internationally.

Systemic constellation work offers a powerful and profound way of finding resolutions to deeply felt issues. These issues may arise at home or at work, in our personal or professional relationships, or with our children/family as a whole. Sometimes the issue is our health. We may feel as if we know our problem only too well but, no matter how hard we try to resolve it, nothing seems to shift.

In contrast to other approaches that tend to view personal issues in the light of individual experience, systemic constellation work looks at the widest possible view and includes everyone and everything that might have a place. When holding the ‘wider view’ we see that many of our issues stem from ‘entanglements’ or unconscious loyalties to the suffering of others in our family, or perhaps the other systems to which we belong.


A constellation reveals the influences or events that are affecting us, and through the process we work to return to a place of ‘ primary capacity’. This is the place where we feel the greatest strength and wellbeing available to us in all aspects of our life, including our relationships, and our engagement with our own creativity and life purpose.

Our Approach

At the Centre for Systemic Constellations our use of the constellation approach is directive and guided in order to ensure that clients and students alike are well ‘held’ in a boundaried and supported space that aims, at all times, to protect from possible re-traumatisation or distress. In our training courses we teach our students this way of working as we believe it provides the best grounding and preparation for practice. And, like the constellation process itself, we work to support our students in finding their place of primary capacity – their own ‘Right Place’ within the field of systemic constellation work

At the Centre we teach a diverse, integrative and soul-oriented approach to the work that includes many ‘ways’ of working – including classical Hellinger family constellations, solution-focused work (structural constellations), trauma and ritual-based approaches among others. We do this so that students can develop a broad systemic vision and in time develop their own way of working which is true for them.

What is essential is that we all work safely, respectfully and responsibly from a grounded place of inner connection, presence with an excellent training behind us.

What We Do

The students at the Centre come from the wider community of therapists, coaches, health care workers, alternative practitioners; creative arts based professionals; change consultants; executives; educationalists; and others. Courses may be undertaken for both personal and/or professional development.

Core Trainings

  • The Foundation Course in Systemic Constellations

This 5-module training offers an opportunity to develop a working understanding of the systemic approach, that can be used to resolve personal, family and social issues. This training can be undertaken as a stand-alone course or as the first part of the Applied Professional Training.

  • The Applied Training in Systemic Family Constellations

The Applied Training follows the Foundation Course and enables participants to deepen their theoretical understanding and develop the skills required to put theory into practice. This training is essential learning for those hoping to develop a career in Systemic Constellation Work, and will equip others with the skills to integrate a constellating methodology into the existing professional contexts in which they work, including one-to-one practice.

Constellation Holidays

  • Time to Relax and have a great constellation experience

Working with Cortijo Romero in Southern Spain, we help to arrange delightful constellation holidays in the foothills of La Alpujarra near Orgiva. Perfect as a place to go with your loved one, your friend/s or by yourself.

Work & Coaching

  • Introductory Workshops for Coaches, Change Agents & Leaders

In collaboration with ‘The Whole Partnership’.

  • A Community of Learning and Practice and Innovation

A level 2, 12 day programme in organizational Coaching and Constellations.

Specialist Trainings

  • Couples Therapy Training

Run every other year, this course is very highly respected training in couples work and gives therapists an opportunity to extend their therapeutic practice.

  • Realms Training

New in 2015, this training helps practitioners to develop an understanding of the Five Realms Model developed by Judith Hemming and enables people to explore questions, issues and ideas from a number of perspectives provided by different energetic sources.

  • Open Training Modules

A series of mini trainings which focus on specific topics such as  Bonding & Bonding Failures; Working with Trauma; Perpetrators & Victims; Working without Representatives; Symptoms & Physical Crises; Working with the Dead.

  • Advanced CPD Modules

These modules are available for students who have already completed the Applied Training and who wish to come and refresh their learning and lean into some peer support and inspiration.

  • Working One to One with Systemic Constellations

A new course in 2015 entitled Working without Representatives. Led by Jutta ten Herkel this will be a wonderful 3 days of learning.

Seminars & Conferences

  • The International Seminar

Each year we host an event with a prestigious international trainer. These have included Hunter Beaumont, Stephan Hausner, Daan van Kampenhout, Jan Jacob Stam, Sneh Victoria Schnabel… and there will be more.

  • Systemic Constellation Conferences

Two conferences are planned for 2016 – more details to follow.

Our Story

How We Got Started

Our story begins in 2001 when a founding group of six UK first-generation systemic constellators got together to create a training course in family constellations – almost certainly the first in the UK.

This group was named The Hellinger Institute of Britain (‘HIB’), and was actively supported, in those early years, by Bert Hellinger who is the originator of the systemic constellation approach. In 2005, HIB joined the Nowhere Foundation where, with the generous support of the Foundation, it became possible to develop the work of the organisation further.

Three of the original founders remained – Judith, Jutta and Richard, and the name was changed to the Centre for the Study of Intimate and Social Systems, (‘CSISS’), to reflect the wider remit of the organisation. New training courses were developed and a number of research projects were undertaken.

At this time CSISS also offered guest seminars, supervision and conferences to the community as well as the core training programmes. During the CSISS era, a number of former students who had benefited enormously from their training years became successful practitioners and teachers themselves, and they too wished to help to develop and extend the reach of constellation work here in the UK. After nearly a decade of involvement, Judith, Jutta and Richard decided to gift the running of the organisation to four of these newer trainers. And so, in 2009 Gaye Donaldson, Nicola Dunn, Edward Rowland and Chris Williams took over as Directors and once more the organisation was given a new name.

Where We Are Now

Today, we are known as the Centre for Systemic Constellations (‘the Centre’ or sometimes ‘CSC’ for short) and three of us continue as Directors – Nicola, having chosen an Associate role, now works with us when she can.

We are enormously grateful to Judith, Jutta and Richard who remain actively involved in teaching at the Centre, and continue to support the ever-developing curriculum and range of courses that are on offer. Their presence and experience remains a great blessing. And, with all who are involved with the Centre,  the over-arching commitment remains to continue to explore and support others to find ways in which systemic constellations can be woven into new professional settings and areas of specialist expertise where the approach may be of great benefit.

The Centre, now registered as a not-for-profit company with an educational remit, is deeply committed to excellence in the field of systemic constellation work and our wish is to support others to develop this method of working in ways that are both professionally and personally creative, supportive and illuminating.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

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