The Centre Associates
Introduction to Constellation Days
Dr. Adriana Huerta-Casas
Adriana is a physicist and an oceanographer; she has trained in Family and Systemic Constellations, which she includes in her practice as a Burnout Counsellor. She lives in Germany with her two children and her husband, where she is concluding the Alternative Practitioner for Psychotherapy (Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie) and the Art and Creative Therapy further education. She is the founder of the project “Freude Gross, Wut Klein!”,“Big Joy, Small Rage!”, which she teaches in her children’s school. She aims to prevent racism, discrimination and violence, using empathy language, neurobiology and a systemic approach.
Website – www.counselling-in-bremen.de
Aleksandra has trained extensively with the Centre for Systemic Constellations and is running regular workshops and private sessions in London and internationally. She also trained with Daan van Kampenhout in Systemic Ritual in Mexico, Vienna and Paris and in core shamanism with Chetna Lawless. Aleksandra offers private and group constellations, rituals, ceremonies and shamanic healing. Before building her systemic practice Aleksandra’s background and training was in law, development and the charity sector. Website – www.asconstellations.co.uk ‘
Caroline has 30 years’ experience delivering therapeutic groups and workshops supporting personal growth and freedom. She is known as a safe pair of hands, able to be present no matter what happens in the room, and she has a lightness of touch that encourages participants to trust and reach beyond their comfort zone to acquire deeper self-knowledge, release the pain of wounds and take ownership of their personal freedom.
Caroline is also a trained educator holding a Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. She has been teaching university students since 1994 and relishes the opportunity to bring her therapeutic work and learning and teaching work together to deliver this training.
Denise Portes is a Professional Integral Coach and Family Constellations facilitator with a passion to help women find their own voice. She combines her skills to create a safe non-judgemental environment where her clients can explore their issues. She brings qualities of deep listening and intuition to her work, which allows her to attune to her client’s needs and support them in reaching their goals. Her work focuses on designing and implementing individually tailored programs that promote sustainable change towards a more satisfying life. She takes pride in being able to help her clients create meaning in their lives. Her understanding of the systemic lens informs her of the hidden dynamics that may be blocking and holding the clients back.
Gráinne is an executive coach, working with purpose-driven individuals and organizations to help them to align fully with their purpose and to increase their impact in the world.
Her coaching methodology seamlessly integrates constellation work, modern academic theory on leadership and adult development and practices from ancient wisdom traditions to strengthen the body-mind connection.
She has completed the Foundation and Applied Training at The CSC, as well as the Couples Therapy Training, and has undertaken systemic leadership and business coaching programs with The Whole partnership.
James Pereira is an ICF certified coach, systemic facilitator, NLP master practitioner and practising barrister.
He first experienced family constellations at a workshop with Judith Hemming, and was so impressed with its transformational impact that he went on to complete his Foundation and Applied training at The CSC, and undertake systemic leadership and business coaching programmes at The Whole Partnership. He further qualified in Organisation, Relationships and Systems Coaching (‘ORSC’), and obtained his NLP Master Practitioner’s certification in 2017 (training with Dr Richard Bandler, co-creator of NLP). He has also undertaken training in mindfulness, meditation and trauma therapy which he integrates into his coaching practice. As a barrister he has over 25 years’ experience and became a Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
James divides his time between 1:1 and organisational coaching, constellation facilitating, training lawyers and legal practice. He aims to bring a safe, brave and heartfelt presence to his coaching and facilitating, and strives to support clients to find insights, movements and solutions that are right for them.
Johanna Bishop (BACP)
Johanna is an accredited counsellor, active member of the Surrey Counselling & Psychotherapy initiative (SCPI) and specialist mentor, concentrating in education. With a background in yoga teaching, mindfulness and holistic therapy, her main interest is in the nature of illness, health and self healing. She became involved in constellations in 2010 and runs constellation workshops in Hampshire & Surrey where she lives with her family including 3 dogs, 8 ducks & a cat.
John has worked as a psychotherapist, facilitator, supervisor and trainer for over 25 years in both New Zealand and the UK. He first encountered Hellinger’s work in 2002 and shortly after trained with Judith Hemming, Richard Walstein and Jutta ten Herkel in London with CSISS (the predecessor of CSC). John has facilitated Family Constellations workshops at a variety of locations including California’s Esalen institute, Greece’s Skyros and Spain’s Cortijo Romero and has written articles about systemic approaches for ‘Therapy Today’ and other publications. He currently practices in London and East Sussex.
Judith O Hagan
Judith O’Hagan is a UKCP accredited transpersonal psychotherapist and supervisor, qualified in 1998. She works in Wells, Somerset, and also welcomes clients on zoom from all over the world. She has a lifelong professional interest in health issues, and has particular experience of working with cancer and migraines. She is known for her capacity to help people understand the underlying meaning and message of their symptoms. Judith loves the interface between psychotherapy and constellations, and incorporates 1:1 constellations in her therapy practice.
Katie Despres is a Family Constellations Facilitator , Transpersonal Coach & Yoga teacher . A lover of travel, life experiences, food and nature and a mother of three children of mixed heritage. Katie offers a combination of her work in 121 “Wellbeing Sessions” online or from her home in Bristol and runs courses, workshops and retreats in both the UK and abroad
After studying psychology, Katie embarked on a corporate career in recruitment, working for the famed entrepreneur James Caan, CBE in London. Later moving to Bristol and setting up her own international recruitment company and property business, while training as Transpersonal Coach.
While very busy but extremely unfulfilled, Katie discovered yoga at the age of 40…. The practice of Yoga changed how she experienced her life and under the expert guidance of Christopher Gladwell & Sarah Harlow, Katie studied to become a yoga teacher and is a senior teacher at Yogasara.. It was through this life changing training that she was introduced to Family Constellations. She later trained in this work with the Centre for Systemic Constellations ( The CSC) under Gaye Donaldson and Chris Williams
Katie’s approach is practical and realistic, offering a safe space to explore and the resources to support you to stand in the ground of reality, as you navigate the often complicated path of your life. A natural intuitive, Katie will help you expand, embrace & connect to what is both possible and sometimes magical
When asked Katie will explain that the common theme in her career to date is “People Movement” whether it was helping people find new careers or a new home, to teaching practices to gain more movement and space in their bodies, mind and emotions, to now having the privilege of facilitating both internal and external healing movements of the soul ……
To work with Katie:
Kimberley is an executive, leadership, systemic coach and facilitator working both 1:1 and with senior leadership teams across a wide range of sectors including finance, professional services and NFPO sectors. She has trained extensively in Systemic Coaching and Constellations – family and organisational systems with the Centre for Systemic Constellations, The Whole Partnership and core coaching methodologies with Coaching Development Ltd amongst other faculties.
Kimberley first experienced constellations in 2011 but didn’t fully immerse herself in to the training until some years later, knowing that this was a vital piece of the puzzle with constellations offering a powerful and potent lens for simplifying complexity, releasing agency and enabling movements of the soul. A systemic perspective has become central to the way she works in the coaching and leadership programmes provided to organisations and in her private practice.
Kimberley has a 20 + year practice in mindfulness, annually attending 10 day silent retreats. This adds depth and heightened skill sets to the core coaching and systemic methodologies. She is interested in the integration of our brain centres, a ‘whole self, whole systems’ approach to raise emotional intelligence and become a more impactful individual and leader living a more integrated and purpose filled life.
An enthusiastic and curious learner coaching, constellations, leadership and embodied awareness trainings are on going passions that she continues to invest in.
Clients include UBS, Deloitte, Imperial College, Discovery, Capita, The Office Group, Enyo Law, Tapestry Inc, NHS, The Royal Parks.
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Lucy is an Alexander Technique teacher and Family and Systemic Constellations facilitator, who trained with The CSC in 2018-20 with Gaye Donaldson, Chris Williams and Sheila McCarthy-Dodd. She is a long-term student of Sarah Peyton in the USA and has benefited from many 1:1 sessions with her.
For the last 2 decades Lucy has worked with 1000s of people who suffer from long term neck and back pain. They’ve tried ‘everything else’ and working together with Lucy helps them identify the root cause, resolve the pain and return to a more energetic and fulfilled life.
She is an Amazon best selling co-author of a book called Energy: How to unleash your inner fire (Lambert-Gorwyn).
Adding Constellations work to her skillset brings an even wider lens to deepen the healing work she does with people’s bodies, families, and energy.
She lives with her son and works in Sheffield, UK and offers individual sessions and groups, online and in person.
Maria is a theatre director, coach, writer and facilitator. She works in mainstream theatre and applied contexts , especially international development ,where she supports learning about leadership, creativity and wellbeing. She has an MA in Ethical Leadership and works with individuals and organisations to find and communicate their ‘true north’.
Maria came across Constellations at a coaching conference when she experienced a taster session led by Edward Rowlands of The Whole Partnership. She knew this was exactly what she had been looking for as the way to continue her own personal journey of growth and development. Maria trained with Gaye Donaldson and Chris Williams at the CSC and with Edward Rowlands, Tessa Cope and Sarah Rozenthuler at The Whole Partnership. Maria is truly delighted to be part of this community.
Mark Reeves, Dip, MA
Mark is a transpersonal psychotherapist and counsellor. His main interest is in facilitating personal development groups and he has been running courses in self-awareness, mindfulness & emotional intelligence for over 20 years.
He runs a private counselling and coaching practise in Brighton as well as working with people over Skype. He has recently completed the foundation training and the advanced applied training in Family & Systemic Constellations with CSC and this ‘systemic perspective’ has now become a central part of the way he works, incorporating it into most of what he does as well as specifically running workshops in Family Constellations over last couple of years.
Over the past few years he has been studying Somatic based Esoteric Healing principles which are about opening more deeply to our essence at a soul level and he has found that this approach naturally permeates into his therapeutic work.
His constellations workshops are currently based in Brighton, Lewes and other parts of Sussex.
Minal has almost 20 years of experience as a therapist, and strongly believes that children and adults alike thrive when they feel safe, valued and understood. Introduced to constellation work in 2016, Minal has widened her approach in working with parenting and school systems in supporting the children she works with in Kenya.
Mirjana Smolic, MA
Mirjana is an Associate Teacher at CSC and has a background in arts and conflict resolution work. She runs workshops and training courses in family constellations, storytelling and conflict resolution methods in Netherlands and abroad. Mirjana trained in Africa and Europe, was born in the Balkans and is based in Amsterdam.
Rafe has had a varied career path encompassing many types of work. For the last 10 years he has focussed on Constellation Therapy, and runs regular workshops, online and face to face.
Trained in 2006 with what was then CSISS, Rafe combines the work with his training as a master coach NLP and EFT and Matrix practitioner to specialise is deep trauma work and especially ancestral healing.
Rafe is married to Julie Bowman and between them, they have eight children and soon to have their fifteenth grandchild. Their household is busy with healing work. Julie’s essence work engaging with many of Rafe’s clients with the Constellation Mix.
Rafe started his constellation journey by needing to know what he was responsible for and what he was not responsible for. Richard Wallstein facilitated the first workshop in 2004 and Rafe was hooked. A new career path opened up and has so far been immensely rewarding.
Richard is a Systemic Practitioner, Trauma and Crisis Management Counsellor and Professional Musician.
Richard began facilitating as a Systemic Practitioner in 2006. He was mentored by Judith Hemming and Mark Wolynn one of America’s leaders in inherited family trauma.
Richard works as an Executive Coach with Reconnect.space. He facilitates workshops nationally. In addition to working with individuals, families and organisations, he has worked with the Police, National Lottery and Arts Council funded projects, Dover Arts Development. He explores underlying issues in parent/child relationships and trans-generational social issues.
Richard will be talking at TEDx 2021; overviewing the insights of Systemic practice in 2021.
Sandeep has been working as a psychotherapist in north west London since 1999. His sense of ‘himself’ is that he has arrived at a place where he is doing what is truly his to do. He feels humbled by the manner in which the curative forces of nature manifest in people’s lives – soothing deep melancholy, calming long standing upset and hurt or simply bringing people back to themselves in an organic and authentic manner. He is left marvelling at the richness of the journeys he is entrusted to witness.
Sandeep initially studied Social Psychology at undergraduate level and Information Technology as a postgraduate, both at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the 1980’s. He then embarked on a corporate career. In 1996 he started a four year Psychotherapy training at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (www.ccpe.org.uk) in London. He has run a private practice ever since. In 2012 he came across Family Constellations and trained at the Centre for Systemic Constellations (www.thecsc.net). Sandeep believes this work beautifully complements his approach and widens the lens through which to observe a person’s emotional landscape.
In addition to English, he also speak Gujarati and German.
Sophia is an experienced psychosynthesis psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. She is also a trainer at the Psychosynthesis Trust and the Minster Centre. Originally from Greece, she was first introduced to family constellations in 2002 and in the last few years she reconnected with systemic work, which she now feels passionate about. Sophia finds that the systemic approach with its commitment to truth and inclusivity, enriches our lives and keeps us in touch with the depths of our souls.
Tania is a Gestalt and Psychodynamic-trained therapist working in private practice in London. She worked previously in education, law and finance before training as a therapist. Tania incorporates constellations in sessions with individuals and couples, with presenting issues that show up in repeating patterns and unaware choices, as well as family and organisational systems. Gestalt Therapy draws on field theory, the theory of Pragnanz and phenomenology to open up awareness. Many Gestalt practitioners carry their work into Systemic Constellations as a development into vectors, forces and constraints operating within any given system. Tania sees constellation work as a bridge between psychotherapy and soul-connection awareness, a creative field that she finds enlightening and wonderous.
Zita FRSA is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, ICF accredited Systemic Coach, Systemic Constellations Facilitator, and NLP Master Practitioner, with over 15 years in practice in Los Angeles, Stockholm, and London.
Zita began her working life in the demanding and highly competitive fashion arena in both New York and Los Angeles. During 13 years as a freelance fashion editor and stylist, she developed strong leadership skills and refined the art of thinking and communicating both rationally and creatively outside the box. During this time, Zita developed a keen interest in people and systems and how they interrelated with each other. This interest developed organically over time, and Zita now has over 15 years of experience working as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Systemic Coach and Facilitator. Her experience is underscored by first-class training by renowned teachers worldwide, such that her training is as exceptional as the clients she supports.
Zita’s unique approach, which she calls Life Therapy, draws upon all her experience, skills, and training to create the space for her clients and the systems to which they belong, to overcome seemingly intractable issues and realise their optimal potential and performance.
As one with multiple ancestral belonging to East Africa, the Caribbean, British and Jewish, Zita has refined the art of building cross-cultural bridges related to the transgenerational trauma of slavery, racism, and colonisation. Zita is frequently called upon to teach, speak and facilitate workshops on the broader systemic effect of these social issues.
In addition to coaching individuals, couples and organisations, Zita also co-writes a regular column on wellbeing for The Lawyer Magazine entitled “Loving Legal Life” and a series of articles in the Bar’s journal, Counsel Magazine. She is frequently called on to speak on matters related to diversity and inclusion through the systemic lens.