From the very beginning, the field of psychology has existed in the form of an academic discipline and is very psychodiagnostic in nature. In the mid1980s, Russian psychologists timidly began to explore psychology in clinical practices. Incidentally some family doctors in the past used different forms of hypnotherapy and rational therapy on their patients. In one sense, there is not a collective focus on the movement of psychology in Russia. Knowledge in psychology was primarily derived from books and also from the rare visits of world-renowned psychotherapists such as Carl Rogers, Virginia Satir, Victor Frankl, and others, who gave lectures and held workshops in Russia around the mid-1980s. Those visits opened new horizons and made great impressions and ultimately encouraged professionals to try different ideas in the new domain of the knowledge and practice of mental health.
The emergence of systemic family therapy began in Russia during the last two decades like other schools of psychology As a result of the need to work in a broader context, primarily with different families, certain centers were started in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Center for Psychological Assistance was one of the earliest centers to offer therapeutic help to families in Moscow. Inaugurated in 1981 in the Department of Psychology at Moscow State University the center was initially directed by Vladimir Stolin, a veteran psychologist. Therapy for families was provided free of charge and the center's personnel were basically composed of the staff from the department. Nine of us pioneered the work with much enthusiasm, anticipation, and a hunger to learn.
At that time, we were aware of the fact that we lacked essential knowledge and skills, but we did our best to acquire them. The center received families 4 days a week, and all the sessions were recorded on tape. On the