Mark Wolynn

Director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, Mark is a world leader in the field of Inherited Family Trauma. A bestselling author and sought-after lecturer, he teaches at hospitals, clinics, conferences, universities, and teaching centers around the world, including the University of Pittsburgh, JFK University, Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripalu, The New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, 1440 Multiversity, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. His book IT DIDN’T START WITH YOU: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle (Viking/Penguin) is the winner of the 2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award in psychology, and has been translated into 19 languages. Mark provides education and training to trauma therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, coaches, counselors, educators, physicians and other health practitioners. He specializes in working with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, fears, panic disorders, self-injury, chronic pain and persistent symptoms and conditions.

Mark is a Summa Cum Laude graduate in English and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. His graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Arizona was also in English. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Mind Body Green,, Elephant Journal and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker.

“As creator of the Core Language® Approach, I’ve spent the last 20 years observing how language and trauma intersect—how patients’ presenting symptoms, specifically the language they use, can lead us to the root of the issue, often to a trauma in the family history or in early childhood. Uncovering our core language can free us from reliving traumas that don’t belong to us.”

  • Director and Founder of The Family Constellation Institute
  • Director and Founder of The Hellinger Institute of California
  • Director and Founder of The Hellinger Institute of Pennsylvania
  • Director and Founder of The Medical Hypnotherapy Center
  • Certified Trainer of Deep Memory Process
  • Certified Mediator – Pittsburgh Mediation Center
  • Certified Conflict Resolution Specialist – Center for Victims of Violence and Crime
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist – American Council of Hypnotherapist Examiners
  • Certified Medical Hypnotherapist – The National League of Medical Hypnotherapists
  • Certified Regression Therapist – The International Board for Regression Therapy
  • Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, with advanced training in CranioSacral Therapy, Orthobionomy, Myofascial Release, Trauma work, Breath work and Psychodrama.
  • Certified Meditation Instructor and Trainer of The Clarity Process
  • JFK University
  • Generations Conference Keynote Speaker
  • Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center Training
  • Presenter at Kripalu
  • Presenter at Omega Institute
  • Presenter at The New York Open Center
  • Presenter at California Institute for Integral Studies
  • Presenter at 1440 Multiversity
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic – 4th-year Psychiatry Residency Training (Therapeutic Approach to Trauma)
  • Presenter at Allegheny General Hospital – Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • Creator of The Core Language® Approach
  • Featured in Huffington Post article: Agents of Change
  • Featured in Psychology Today: It Didn’t Start With You: The Mystery of Inherited Trauma
  • Psychology Today guest blogger
  • guest blogger
  • Mind Body Green guest blogger
  • Finalist for the 2016 Books for a Better Life Award in psychology
  • Winner for the 2016 Nautilus Book Award in psychology
The Family Constellation Institute
Director of The Family Constellation Institute and The Hellinger Institute of California, Mark is a world leader in the field of Inherited Family Trauma. .
Phone: 403-244-0455