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the heart of things: understanding trauma – working with constellations
vivian broughton | foreword by franz ruppert
Green Balloon Publishing / Softcover / 2013-11-01 / 0955968348
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280 pages
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the heart of things by Vivian Broughton follows the books published by Franz Ruppert giving her own understanding of his theories and ideas developed from her practice, including working with the Constellation of the Intention (developed by Ruppert). As with her first book, In the Presence of Many, Vivian offers a readable, well co-ordinated and set out text book for those interested in understanding this work and developing their practice along these lines.

The work developed by Ruppert, and described here, takes the method of the ‘constellation’ (originally developed by Bert Hellinger) and, along with a coherent theory of trauma and attachment, takes its position firmly within the psychotherapeutic frame. While the explained work presents various challenges to psychotherapy, as it also does to the practice of family constellations, Vivian takes us through these challenges with logical argument and creative thinking.

Trauma is without doubt the topic of needed focus at this time. After 150 years of psychotherapy, which began its history as a study of trauma, we are only now in the last 15-20 years or so beginning to really face into understanding trauma. Ruppert’s theories, as presented here, offer the wider fields of constellations practice and psychotherapy a useful, rational and effective approach.

table of contents:

Part I: A Multi-Generational Psychotraumatology

1. Trauma
1.1 History
1.2 What is Trauma?
1.3 Types of Trauma
1.4 Effects of different types of Trauma
1.5 The Split Self
1.6 Potential for Resolving Trauma

2. Attachment
2.1 Attachment Theory

3. Symbiotic Trauma and Symbiotic Entanglement
3.1 Symbiosis and Autonomy
3.2 Symbiosis of the Infant Child
3.3 Birth
3.4 The Needs of the Newborn Child
3.5 The Traumatised Mother
3.6 Traumatised Fathers
3.7 Symbiotic Trauma
3.8 Severe childhood abuse

4. Trauma, Attachment and the Brain System
4.1 Mirror Neurones
4.1 Limbic Resonance

Part 2 – Trauma Constellations

5. Introducing Practice and Method

6. Basics of Practice
6.1 Can we heal trauma?
6.2 What is integration?
6.3 The Therapist and the Therapy

7. The Constellation of the Intention
7.1 Basic procedure
7.2 Clarifying the Intention
7.3 Opening Phase of the Constellation
7.4 The Phenomenon of the Constellations Process
7.5 The Representatives
7.6 The ‘Intention’
7.7 Resolution in the Opening Phase
7.8 Including the Trauma Field
7.9 Ending Phase
7.10 Contact and Connection

8. Working with the Constellation
8.1 A Phenomenological Approach
8.2 Trauma emotions and survival emotions
8.3 Working with The Survival Self
8.4 Working with Symbiotic Trauma and Symbiotic Entanglement
8.5 Adoption and other separations
8.6 Working with Children
8.7 Incest and child abuse
8.8 Trauma and the Body
8.9 Trauma in the Elderly
8.10 Facts and Fiction
8.11 Group Processing

9. The Individual Constellation

10. Working with Couples

Part 3 – Other Issues

11. Trauma Constellations and Family Constellations

12. Trauma Constellations and Psychotherapy


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder



foreword to the heart of things by Vivian Broughton

I have known Vivian Broughton since 2005, and this co-operation has been very fruitful, as is documented here in Vivian’s new book. She has taken up my theory of the multigenerational psychotraumatology, and my particular use of the constellation method, in a profound way and worked it through to its “heart”.

Vivian adds some new elements to my approach, coming from her own psychotherapeutic background, and her own perspectives on that complex field of the client-therapist interaction.

The “Constellation of the Intention” offers new opportunities for working with trauma, where words alone cannot help us to access the split-off experiences of helplessness and being overwhelmed, especially in the period of our early childhood. It offers a chance to come into contact with traumatic experiences without the danger of retraumatisation, and Vivian has seen this and brought her own particular thinking to this practice.

Munich, May 2015 Franz Ruppert

About the Author:

Vivian Broughton is a Gestalt Psychotrauma psychotherapist. She has been practising as a psychotherapist since 1989. She came into contact with the work of Professor Franz Ruppert in 2005 and has been a practitioner and ongoing student of his work since then.

She sees private clients in London, has her own training in the Identity – oriented Pyschotrauma work of Professor Ruppert in London, and in addition, she currently teaches Ruppert’s work on trainings in Istanbul and Singapore. She also has worked and taught in Israel, The Netherlands, Brazil, the USA and Norway. She has published three books and carries a continuous weblog on the topic of Identity Trauma on her website.

In addition, she has edited the English translation of all of Franz’s Ruppert’s books.

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