Asians Do Therapy

Dhwani Shah, MD. What is Psychoanalysis?

July 28, 2023 Yin J. Li, LMFT Episode 13
Asians Do Therapy
Dhwani Shah, MD. What is Psychoanalysis?
Show Notes

In this conversation, I speak with Dhwani Shah, MD (he/him) who is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. 

Some highlights of our conversation:

  • what psychoanalysis is and is not; some realities and misconceptions of it
  • how love and hate exists in all of our relationships
  • how therapy is a listening practice above all
  • the intersection of therapy and culture
  • the collective racialized fantasies of "Asian American" 

I really appreciated Dhwani's openness in sharing his thinking, his background, and how he became a psychoanalyst.  I think he captured the beauty of the psychoanalytic encounter and its emancipatory potential.

Let me know what you think of our conversation.  

Dhwani Shah, MD (he/him) is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst currently practicing in Princeton, NJ. He is a clinical associate faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.  He has authored articles on topics ranging from neuroscience, mood disorders, and psychoanalysis. Dr Shah’s book entitled The Analyst’s Torment: Unbearable Mental States in Countertransference was recently published by Phoenix Publishing House and was featured in Brett Kahr’s “Top Ten Books of 2022.

A plug for a project that I am working on, bringing Asian Americans and Psychoanalysis together, The Asian American Center for Psychoanalysis, visit for more information and follow on Instagram.