Entering Inner Images
A Creative Use of Constellations in Individual Therapy, Counselling, Groups and Self-Help
Eva Madelung, Barbara Innecken: Entering Inner Images
A Creative Use of Constellations in Individual Therapy, Counselling, Groups, and Self-Help
Carl-Auer-Systeme Verlag, Heidelberg, 2004.
___ Lisa Böhm
What happens when two experienced women therapists open their storehouse of experience and knowledge to their readers?
We feel rightly enriched. That's what happened to me when I read the book by Eva Madelung and Barbara Innecken.
Just looking at the cover pleasantly stimulated my brain. I glimpsed transparency and profoundness, a seamlessly woven whole, aspects standing side by side without judgment. The book presents „Neuro-Imaginative Gestalting” (NIG), a solution- and resource-oriented therapeutic method. NIG was developed for single settings, but it is also useful for group work. Main aspects of the client’s issue are established during a preliminary interview.
Using the non-dominant hand, the client sketches on paper various positions: the problem, goal, resources or relevant family members. These sketched positions are laid out on the floor as „spatial anchors”. Then, physically standing on the sketches, the client „enters the inner images” and in moving between them, experiences changes in physical awareness and gains spontaneous insights.
Unexpected solutions may be found, their consequences may be checked, and the process may continue until the client’s perspective changes. As things are seen in a new light, impulses for concrete actions may also emerge. The book includes a condensed yet comprehensive theoretical section on the basic elements of NIG, followed by precise descriptions of therapeutic processes and their practical application. Valuable suggestions for setting up family constellations in individual therapy are illustrated by case examples. A chapter addressed to therapists involved with kinesiology outlines ways to use these techniques.
The book is concluded with an excursion into philosophy and epic and lyric poetry. All these sections flow together and emerge in balance: theory and practice, constructivist and phenomenological approaches, cognitive understanding and body awareness, structure and creativity, professional and personal aspects, everyday therapeutic work and philosophical background. Entering Inner Images invites creative application of the techniques by coaches, therapists, medical doctors and academics, and those interested in self-help. It is easy to read, light and exciting, and encourages immediate application.
___ Gunthard Weber,
Association Systemic Solutions
„I read this book with great interest and profit. It is proof that through a creative combination of known elements, it is possible to create something innovative and stimulating that is then receptive to further development.„
___ Vivian Broughton,
Systemic Solutions Bulletin 2004, GB
„Working with constellations in an individual context is rightfully becoming regarded as an extremely important part of the field of constellations and systemic thinking. It is not every professional`s wish to work in groups, and indeed it is not always practical or advisible for the client. The general thrust of attention in the world of constellation work has been towards working in groups. In fact, for many people this is the only context in which they have seen Hellinger`s work. This book starts to fill a gap in the currently available literature in English, by specifically addressing the growing interest in applying this method in an individual context.
Eva Madelung and Barbara Innecken offer us Neuro-Imaginative Gestalting (NIG), an adaption from Neuro-Linguistic Programming, with an emphasis on working with imagination rather than language, and on „gestalting” rather than programming. With Neuro-Imaginative Gestalting (NIG) they combine constructivist ideas and applications (from NLP and Brief Therapy) with constellations, adding in a creative component from art therapy.
Their work involves asking the client to create drawings of his representatives. These drawings are then used by the client as „spatial anchors” in setting up constellations and can represent anything from family members to more abstract elements. As any therapist who has ever invited a client to do a drawing in a session knows, this work can often result in profound insights on its own; for instance, just looking how I might draw something to represent my mother can, in itself, be revealing. So, using, these drawings to set up a constellation and inviting the client to stand on each one and report their experience, offers additional exciting possibilities.„