A Knowledgeable Pragmatic Psychoanalysis Practitioner


About Pragmatic Psychoanalysis

Many people have worked with other therapists and have come away disappointed and frustrated. They may be skeptical about whether therapy can be of use.

Despite controversies during the 20th century, it is now clear that the great majority of our cognitive and emotional processes take place outside our awareness. This is what Dawson-McCarthy believes people mean when they say something is “unconscious.”

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?”

The unconscious is a vast storehouse of knowledge, emotion, memory, creativity, and will. It contains our entire history of life experience, both lived and imagined. It contains a record of all our relationships, from the earliest moments of our lives forward. It is from this powerful wellspring that we make every decision about our lives, every minute of every day.


As a pragmatic psychoanalyst,

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. Because of their extensive training and experience, Marilyn can take this process as deeply as necessary for the client to achieve their aims.

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. Because of confusion between past and present, people make muddled choices. Marilyn helps people to sort out past from present, allowing for clearer and freer decision-making. Thus people may create more satisfying lives and relationships.