Her offerings meld her unusual and highly effective skill sets to guide any body in and through their shadows, shame and personal restrictions, towards greater light, confidence and freedom. She specializes in clearing sexual, emotional and physical pain due to trauma, family lineages and cultural inhibition.
Ali’s private practice is based in Los Angeles, with clients all over the world. She also facilitates Constellation Work at addiction treatment centers, getting immediately to the roots of how sex and drug addictions are functioning in the whole family system.
Additionally, Ali just completed a suite of five documentary films about the world-renowned Family Constellation facilitator, Stephan Hausner, who specializes in healing transgenerational influences on illness. She has just begun making a documentary about embodiment expert, Philip Shepherd.
To discover more, please visit www.alimezey.com or www.constellationarts.com, or call +1.310.721.1492
This interview is part of our two-month dedication to the theme of Addiction. Stay tuned through September to learn about more modalities, hear from expert voices, and read personal stories of addiction.
Constellation Work is a radically different method than anything typically encountered in the mainstream world of addiction treatment, especially in its philosophical approach: it relies on the premise that addictions are never isolated experiences but products of the “constellations,” or systems, in which we all exist. The modality specifically looks at family systems, including members both alive and deceased, identifying how traumas and family dynamics have formed blockages and voids which can create the need for self-medication. In this way, it avoids the shame and blame so often placed on people with the “addict” label. The driving question behind Constellation Work when addressing addiction is, what function is the addiction serving within the patient’s “constellation,” and how can we either reconfigure the constellation to render this function unnecessary, or find things to serve the function in less destructive ways?
Though you may assume from the name, it is not a method grounded in astrological epistemology, but a somatic process that mines the inherent intelligence of the body through embodiment and role-playing exercises. The patient uses inanimate objects (in the case of private sessions) or other people (in the case of group sessions) to represent members of their family system or other points in their constellation, physically moving them around the space and interacting with them in order to prompt physiological responses and hopefully reveal imbalances, entanglements, and hidden traumas.
We interviewed constellation facilitator Ali Mezey about this modality that is quickly establishing itself as an effective and viable way of treating addiction. Ali has always been deeply curious about the body and its intricate connection to emotional wellbeing, and has practiced bodywork across disciplines for many years. She facilitates private and group Constellation sessions across Los Angeles, specializing in sex and substance addiction.
- Ali Mezey: About Constellation Work
- Stephan Hausner: Even If It Costs Me My Life
- Bert Hellinger, Gunthard Weber and Hunert Beaumont: Love's Hidden Symmetry
- Human Systems Institute
- Family Constellations: A Practical Guide to Uncovering the Origins of Family Conflict by Joy Manné
- Example of a Family Constellation Session