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Gabriela Assmar is a lawyer, mediator and systemic constellator She is certified by the International Ombudsman Association.
She was a pioneer and helped craft the Mediation market in Brazil. She was a co-author of the Brazilian Mediation Law and served as a mediator in corporate, family, criminal and community conflicts with the Rio de Janeiro Court System and in private practice. She was one of the founders of the Mediation Commission at the State Bar, for which she won the Innovare Award 2009, given by the Supreme Court. She funded the Brazilian Center for Partners Global, ProAcordo - Mediation of Commercial Disputes and Via Concórdia, an incubator of mediators and constellators*.
Due to her background in conflict resolution, she now applies deeper systemic methodologies to a wide variety of decision making processes: from the individual perspective to complex corporate strategies, including collective and diffuse relational structures.
Recently moved from Rio de Janeiro, to her new home in Geneva.
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Solve a blockageRio de Janeiro, March, 05th, 2021. Dear Gabriela, It´s been a long time that I´ve wanted to write you, but I needed to organize my thoughts first. I sought your help to understand and, as much as possible, solve the blockage I felt in regard to my relationship with clients when it was the time to charge for my work. I am a lawyer, as you know, and when I received a client, I used to start working right away without any charging fees, and when the process was over I postponed charging, and sometimes not even proceed to it , and at the very end I didn´t get paid at all. I am very grateful for the whole movement that happened on 12/23/20, when I was constellated by you. We found out the emptiness of the masculine figure inside me due to my father's ancestors. My father´s grandfather grew up with no father figure and I have no clue about this great-grandfather of mine as well as those family members who came before him. I only knew that he was a wealthy man that got married to my great-grandmother when she was 12 years old and my grandfather was born one year later. The constellation unveiled the role that money played on me and I was mainly the motive I couldn’t really deal with the charging process at work. My grandfather filled the father emptiness with money and used money as power and control. The constellation field revealed us how his controlling procedure worked out through money subjugating all of us. Granddad filled his soul emptiness with the power that money gave him and this "modus operandi" came beforehand. This whole situation led my father failing in achieving his financial independence, not due to a lack of capability and wit, but in case he no longer needed my grandfather's financial support, it would be seen as a betrayal. In the name of this enormous love my father felt for him, he put himself through this lifetime control. When I recognized this ongoing process that led me deny money because it was connected to a previous control, it made me repulsive and angry. When this entire situation was clearly understood by me, you asked my ancestral representative to look for an object that meant the completeness of the masculine and you suggested that it would be a pen to be handed to my grandfather´s representative, and then he would give it back to dad and dad would give it to me. At the end of it I felt really good. You didn't know about two things: the first one was that dad passed away on 12/15/20, a week before the constellation. I didn't tell you because I didn't want to cause any embarrassment. The other one was that when my grandfather died, my father insisted that I kept one of Grandpa's pens. When I saw that pen coming towards me I remembered Grandpa´s pen that was given to me in a luxurious circumstance. It took me almost a week to get it from the drawer, but the feeling of completeness took place over me and from then on I’ve become stronger and stronger each single day. It didn't take long before I started charging properly for my work, handling my fees without any blockage and with absolute confidence. Today is our birthday: mine and Dad's. I was born in 1970 and he was born in 1940 Gratitude, a deep gratitude! Adriana Poças Resende.
Money and personal issueMy name is Cristina Trindade. I have been a businesswoman for over 30 years and I also have been a conflict mediator for about 4 years. My first contact with constellation was in 2019 when I personally met Gabriela Assmar who was already getting prepared to perform constellations. This curiosity led me, by some sort of impulse, to sign up constellating with Ricardo Mendes. I got there, and I would be the last one to be constellated. I was able to watch 5 constellations without entering the field (at the time I didn't know what a field was). Until the end I still didn't really know about the subject I was going to constellate. Two topics were in my mind: one of them was “money”, that until today I think it needs to be constellated; the other one, that I ended up choosing, is a very private issue and, soon after starting it, I reported for few seconds, I regretted it. This regret lasted about 10 seconds and when I was placed in the field, a flood of emotions overwhelmed me. The fact is that this knot was untied; opening a path that I thought no longer existed. From then on I started joining constellations, all of them with Gabriela supporting me. Once again I was very surprised because in almost all of them, the constellated ones always called me to join the field. Once more some doubt arose on me: I´ll get into it and I won't feel anything... My mistake because every time I entered a field without having the slightest idea who I represented, I ended up completely connected. I was also surprised that this kind of connection happened either in person or virtually. The second constellation I took place was the result of a virtual raffle made by Gabriela that I won an Individual constellation performed on a virtual platform. I needed to take decisions about my company, which was founded by my parents (already deceased) more than 30 years ago. The constellation brought me the required independence that I needed in order to take decisions that I had postponed for a long time. Through this constellation I felt empowered to take my own decisions. At the moment I am ongoing this transition and once more I surrender to this powerful tool that constellation is. Today, as a mediator, I realize that many conflicts can be pacified with the use of both tools: mediation and constellation.
Understand emptinessI would like to express my gratitude into words for the mediation class in which I met you, for your work into the Constellation experience, for the recommendation of the book "Where are the coins?" and the recommendation to take the Journey: "From the Wounded Child to the Divine Child". The way I was touched and continue to be touched every single day.... I came across the understanding of emptiness, with the best encounter and also well with my strength of self-fulfillment. What a beautiful work you have made me experience. My child, my adult and my soul mate thank you for your dedication, your care, your study and your love of life. Thank you! Julia Caffaro
Lawyer, Mediator, Constellator, Ombudsman
Executive Coach, Trainer, Author
Former Criminal trial Lawyer & Barrister
Christo Norden-Powers is a former criminal trial Lawyer & Barrister who developed an interest in human performance and meditation.
He trained and coached Australian Olympic athletes, in how to generate and maintain peak performance states using both Eastern and Western techniques.
His work then quickly spread to companies that were interested in developing peak performance in their people, and soon after to the development of organisational change and corporate cultures that generate and support sustained high performance. Christo left the legal profession to pursue his interest in transforming companies.
Christo has trained executive coaches at various coaching institutes, and in-house executive coaching teams in large organisations including:
The Institute of Executive Coaching Australia
The Life Coaching Academy (Business/Executive Coaching Modules)
Metropolitan Police ('Scotland Yard'), London.
Author of 3 books including:
Powerful Questions, That Every Director, Executive & Manager Must Ask.
Christo has online courses in his Powerful Questions & MasterProcess models.
Christo is pursuing his spiritual path and helping others to find the point of stillness in every day life and work. Deeply intuitive, and with a knack for effortlessly enabling people to connect to their inner Power. He says: ' The path I've followed is best described as the path of Consciousness.
Based in Melbourne, Australia
+61 (0)439 755 593
For two years I had the privilege of working with Christo Norden-Powers on my company’s major cultural change program. Professional consultants have impact. Christo has much more than that; he has the capacity to work with people in a way that works for each individual, empowers each person and achieves results very quickly. My personal & professional development as a human resources practitioner gained from working with Christo has been more than in my entire career in this field before that. Without hesitation he has my highest recommendation.
I’ve used the MasterProcess extensively in my company. It is the most powerful and useful tool I’ve ever seen for empowering people to solve problems and take action. It’s a brilliant communication tool. I have also used the MasterProcess for nearly 10 years as a change tool in my company. It is a brilliant process for turning resistance to change into a positive, proactive commitment to change. In my experience it has no equal.
Cyril Rouhliadeff, Senior Trainer, Telstra.
Systemic Constellations Facilitator & Trainer
Life & Business Coach
Edwina Van Der Westhuizen
Edwina has more than 20 years' experience working with systems and process improvement, training, coaching and facilitation,
14 years Systemic (family)Constellations facilitator.
20 years coaching background,
23 years training background,
28 years using healing modalities
53 years (life time) of life/spiritual experience
Edwina runs regular constellations workshops online and live in Melbourne Australia and also trains people to become Constellations facilitators.
While facilitating a Constellations workshop in mid 2018 coincidentally, she had 4 lawyers, someone in government in child protection and a couple from Brazil.
At lunch the conversation turned to how Constellations was being used in the legal system in Brazil.
This sparked a flame in Edwina with no idea where this might lead. With a passion for the work of Constellations and for change on a global scale she started the conversations.
Based in Melbourne, Australia
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Coming from a background in clinical psychology it became clear that most issues clients bring are NOT rooted in individualistic constructs or paradigms. Family constellations was the missing link I was looking for, it is a systemic approach to resolving a client’s issues by focusing on situating their dis-ease, or, disconnections in the family or social system, and embedding healing in one’s nervous system.
Edwina is a skilled compassionate facilitator who understands and works systemically with whatever issue(s) a client brings. Working with her has been deeply revelatory and healing in my own core family wounding in ways inaccessible through traditional therapeutic modalities.
Caroline (BBSc(Hons), MPsych, MA)
Edwina is a highly compassionate and skilful facilitator. I experienced unexpected benefits from this process, and as a lawyer, I see how it could be of great assistance to those experiencing family breakdown. That said, I highly recommend this process to everyone, as ancestral issues affect us all in some way.
Virginia Warren- Lawyer
Edwina talking about Family Constellations