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. Using the model of Pragmatic Psychoanalysis Eric Kulick says, "I work with the unconscious at whatever depth is required, and I use most of the problem-solving strategies that are available in the field of mental health."

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 Kulick and Dawson-McCarthy 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, 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 Psychoanalysts, Eric and Marilyn start 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 and Eric can take this process as deeply as necessary for the client to achieve their aims.

Marilyn and Eric each 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. Their approach involves helping people to understand how their past and present are interwoven. Because of confusion between past and present, people make muddled choices. Eric and Marilyn help people to sort out past from present, allowing for clearer and freer decision-making. Thus people may create more satisfying lives and relationships.