Experiences of feeling haunted and of being in the presence of ghosts are prominent in narratives of patients/people of color in the United States. A creative reading of Hans Loewald’s evocative statement on therapeutic action, the process of transforming “ghosts into ancestors,” is used to explore a way of being with and healing patients with mixed-race identities who are imprisoned in melancholic states.
An extended case vignette of an Indian American psychoanalyst working with a patient with a mixed racial identity highlights racialized components of melancholia and illuminates specific countertransference states and enactments that can both impede and allow for the gradual and partial witnessing of racialized ghosts and their transformation into ancestors.
In this interactive presentation, we will explore:
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.”
All are welcome to attend. Asian and Asian American voices and experiences will be centered.
No. All are welcome to attend. The Center welcomes dialogue and collaborations with other disciplines, practitioners, and communities.
No, CEUs are not provided at this time.
Copyright © 2023
TAACP - The Asian American Center for Psychoanalysis Foundation
All Rights Reserved.