Psychotherapy and Pragmatic Psychoanalysis

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Pragmatic Psychoanalysis is a new paradigm for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy developed through our accumulated experience of decades of work in the field of mental health.


Marilyn Dawson-McCarthy, LSCSW

Marilyn is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice. She was a founder and co-director of the Kansas City Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has lectured and taught nationally and internationally on psycho-therapeutic technique. She has extensive experience in the treatment of chemical dependency and in family/couple therapy.

Treatment Approach

Marilyn Dawson-McCarthy states, "I have come to believe that the unconscious is constantly shaping our present and future based upon our experience of the past. Despite our most fervent conscious wishes, we often live in ways that make us unhappy." People ask "Why do I make the same mistakes over and over again?” or “Why do I pick the same kind of man/woman?” “Why do I remain so anxious?”

Marilyn starts with whatever problem or set of problems the client presents. In exploring the difficulties presented, they invariably become acquainted with the sources of the previously unknown constrictions and self-defeating obstacles the individual carries.

Marilyn works closely with individuals’ conscious and unconscious, with the aim of helping clients develop a deeper understanding of the underlying themes that are beyond awareness that create barriers to fuller lives. This approach involves helping people to understand how their past and present are interwoven.

I Offer Help to People Who Struggle With:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Marital/Couple Therapy
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Persistent Psychological Problems
  • Chemical Dependency Struggles
  • Retirement and Aging