The founders of system phenomenology include Gunthard Weber and Bert Hellinger. Hellinger established his method by integrating his experiences as a psychoanalyst, a clergyman and a missionary in Africa. The method is based on "field energy" or the flow of love-related energy that can be hindered by the specifics of sometimes deformed human perceptions. Sometimes this involves the governing or transferred presence of patterns or templates in a family. Causes for problems can also be found several generations in the past, including situations in which someone was pushed out of the family or was not recognised, or someone perished in a war. There are several categories of system phenomenology:
Family system phenomenology, which is basically focused on work with families and dynasties in terms of generational relationships and restoration of order in the system.
Symptom system phenomenology, which relates to health problems (symptoms) that are caused by interpersonal conflicts or unresolved generational conflicts.
Organisational system phenomenology, working with organisational systems and the individual systems of human beings. This relates to problems that are caused by conflicts in the interaction between the two systems. An employee can join an organisation with his or her own patterns and ideas, bringing them into an organisation that has its own laws and patterns and thus creating a foundation for possible conflicts.
System phenomenological coaching -- a systemic approach to the work of Koch, with the problems of an employee or organisation are analysed in the context of the large, overall system.