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Tips for a Good Relationships: An Exercise in Mapping the Constellation of Your Marital Relationship (Family constellations)


In long-term relationships, it is not uncommon for couples to encounter gaps or disconnections in their emotional intimacy or communication. Over time, the hustle and bustle of daily life, combined with the responsibilities of work, parenting, or even the routine of household life, can cause these gaps to widen if not addressed.


Family constellations therapy offers a unique approach to understanding and healing these rifts by exploring the deep, often subconscious, family dynamics and patterns that influence our relationships. As part of the tips for a good relationship that I share here on the blog, here is a couples constellation exercise designed to help partners in long-term relationships identify and bridge the gaps that have developed over time.


By engaging in this activity, couples can gain insights into their behaviors and emotions, understand each other's perspectives more deeply, and foster a renewed sense of connection and intimacy.


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Family constellations Exercise: Mapping the Constellation of Your Marital Relationship


Goal:

To identify and understand the emotional and communication gaps in your long-term relationship through the lens of family constellation therapy.


Required Materials:

- Large sheet of paper

- Colored pens or markers

- Tokens or small figures to represent family members (optional)


Instructions:


Step 1: Prepare Your Space

Choose a quiet and comfortable place where both of you feel relaxed. Place the large sheet of paper on a flat surface, and have your colored pens or markers and tokens ready (if you are using them).


Step 2: Draw Your Relationship Constellation

Begin by drawing two large circles on the paper, one representing each partner. Inside each circle, write words or symbols representing your emotions, desires, challenges, and any areas where you feel there is a gap in your relationship.


Step 3: Identify Influences

Outside your circles, draw smaller circles to represent significant family members or influential figures from your past. Connect them to your main circles with lines, and write notes on these connections, describing how these relationships affect the current dynamics of your relationship.


Step 4: Explore the Gaps

Take turns discussing the gaps identified within your circles. Share why you think these gaps exist and how they might be related to the family dynamics shown around your circles.


Step 5: Bridge the Gaps

For each identified gap, brainstorm actions or changes you can make to bridge these gaps. This may include improving communication, spending more quality time together, or addressing unresolved issues from your family of origin that may be impacting your relationship.


Step 6: Reflect and Share

Reflect on the insights gained from this exercise and share your feelings about the process. Discuss how you can support each other in implementing the changes identified to bridge the gaps in your relationship.


Step 7: Action Plan

Based on your discussions, create a simple action plan outlining the steps you will take individually and as a couple to address the gaps in your relationship.


Summary:

This exercise is designed to provide a platform for open and empathetic communication, helping couples in long-term relationships understand the underlying dynamics contributing to emotional and communication gaps.


By recognizing these influences and working together to bridge the gaps, couples can foster a stronger and more connected relationship.


It is recommended to perform this exercise under the guidance of a skilled couples therapist experienced in family constellation therapy to achieve the most effective results.


Summary:


This exercise is designed to provide a platform for open and empathetic communication and to help couples in long-term relationships understand the underlying dynamics that contribute to emotional and communication gaps.

By acknowledging these influences and working together to bridge the gaps, couples can foster a stronger, more connected relationship.

It is recommended to perform this exercise under the guidance of a skilled couples therapist experienced in family constellation therapy to achieve the most effective results.



 

Sivan Avni - couples counseling based on family constellations in

Kiryat Tivon and Online.



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