Board Members, Management, Faculty

Dr. V. D. Shah
Manish Mehta
Phalguni Mankodi
Jayesh Ajmera
Anjana Kamdar


Dr. Apurva Shah
Dr Apurva Shah, the Founder Antarnad, is responsible for reviving the psychoanalytic movement in Gujarat. After medical training in Ahmedabad, completed the residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, followed by fellowship training in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at the Montefiore Medical Center and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center, New York. Was a candidate at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute for two years, and trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and practiced for five years, also completed a two-year programme in Systemic Family Therapy from the Urban Family Institute, New York. Has presented several papers at local, national and international conferences on psychotherapy across cultures and on addressing violence against women in family therapy, and authored a chapter on Psychoanalysis and Long-term Dynamic Therapy in the Textbook of Psychiatry for South Asia. Back in India in 1996, his advocacy of psychoanalysis finally led to the creation of Antarnad Foundation. After seeing it through the early years, returned to Palmdale, USA, where he currently practices and runs a Freud Study Group, and is associated with the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Santa Monica. He visits Antarnad once a year for a fortnight, when he conducts lectures and seminars on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Dr. V. D. Shah
One of the pioneers of Psychiatry in Gujarat and a founder director of Antarnad, Dr. Shah retired as Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, NHLM Medical College and VS Hospital, Ahmedabad. He has been the President of the West Zone Indian Psychiatric Society and the Gujarat Psychiatric Society. He has previously taught clinical psychiatry topics to the students of the clinical track students of the graduate programme in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. At present, he has a psychiatry practice and devotes his time to bridge - the other passion in his life.

Dr. K. Shyamsundar, Dean of Training (Academic and Clinical)
Dr. Shyamsundar has extensive experience as a Clinician-Administrator in the US and as Human Resources professional (Training and OD) in India. He got his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California Institute of Integral Studies ( in San Francisco, USA and completed his pre-doctoral training at the prestigious, APA accredited, National Asian American Psychology Training Center ( well known for its psychodynamic/psychoanalytic training and emphasis on cultural competency in working with diverse patient populations. He completed his post-doctoral training at the CAAP Counseling & Pre-vocational Services program ( He later became a Clinical Supervisor and the Program Director of the same clinic till his recent relocation to India. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of California (USA) since 2009.

Shyam's specialty is working with difficult-to-engage patients with multiple diagnoses including complex trauma and substance use disorders, personality disorders, and the LGBTQ population. He has also supervised and trained a wide range of clinical staff like - peer counselors, vocational rehabilitation counselors, outreach workers / case managers and master's & doctoral level clinicians.

Shyam speaks Hindi, Telugu, Gujarati and a little bit of Marathi and Tamil, as well. He is deeply interested in Indian spirituality and Classical music and has given numerous lecture-demonstrations on these subjects, in addition to teaching kids and adults.

Bindi Doshi, Managing Director
Bindi believes that much needs to be done in creating awareness about mental health in Ahmedabad and that education is just one of the means to be adopted. She has a rich experience in planning, directing the activities of Antarnad Foundation to meet the needs of the community. She has been instrumental in initiating workshops, seminars and movie analyses focusing on current concerns in mental health. Bindi has organised outreach programmes with various sections of the society. She is passionate about clinical training and is herself currently a student in graduate programme of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Dr. Mamta Shah
Dr Mamta Shah, Ph.D., received her doctorate at the Maharaja Sayajirao University (Baroda, Gujarat) in Clinical Psychology with graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and additional qualifications in psychological and psychometric testing, the treatment of autism and learning disability. She worked with the Harrow Learning Disability Team in London for two years providing clinical, training and research services. She works at Antarnad Foundation as faculty at the Institute of Psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in the unconscious dynamics of individual and organisational systems. She has experience with adult, adolescent and child work for the past 16 years. She practices psychoanalytic psychotherapy, play therapy, couples and family therapy. She has also been staff/consultant at group relations conferences (working conference) held by Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. A global citizen, she has lived in Malaysia, Singapore, USA, UK and North India, but never in the Southern Indian subcontinent and the South American continent for which she makes up by pursuing her interests in Bharatnatyam and Salsa.

Nithyakalyani Sachin
Nithya is a Psychologist (University of Madras, Chennai) and a Social Worker (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai). At Antarnad, she trained as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with an additional qualification in remedial programmes for specific learning disabilities. She has worked as a counsellor in Olakh - a feminist documentation, resource and counselling centre(NGO), Vadodara. At Antarnad, Nithya offers lectures in theory and techniques of Psychoanalysis and is Child Development. Her professional interests range from psychoanalytic work with adults and children and the contribution of psychoanalysis to Organizational Development, to therapeutic work in groups and couples therapy.

Himanshu Vaidya
Himanshu is a distinguished management consultant and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He has published at national and international for a in areas of brand management, human resource management, management education and has also authored a book in the area of Psychoanalysis. He also works as a management consultant and trainer and offers training programmes in areas of Strategic Brand Management, Social Marketing and Psychoanalysis & Human Resource Management. As a teacher and therapist in the area of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, he offers courses and training programmes in the Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, Dream Analysis, CBT and Psychoanalysis. He regularly conducts Psychoanalytic film analysis most recent of which were titled 'Rage of Love' and 'Psychoanalysis and Faith''.

Sonal Parikh
Sonal has varied academic and professional qualifications spanning psychology, company and civil law, management and sociology. She has a decade of corporate experience as well as training/certifications in various other psychotherapy techniques. Sonal is also the founder of Samatvam - a centre for healing and therapy in Ahmedabad.


Sarala Kapoor
Sarala Kapoor is a trainee and supervisee analyst with the Indian Psychoanalytical Society (IPA), Kolkata – the premier psychoanalytic professional body in India. In addition to her career with the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, she was the represented IPA at the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization (IPSO), Hague. She has also authored a number of papers (“Freedom from known: A transference-countertransference relationship”, “The necrophilic society”, “Ardhnariswara: from the perspective of dynamic energy”, etc.) and organized workshops (e.g. Human sexuality, Ethics of Psychotherapy, Drug abuse).

Dr. Amrita Narayanan
Dr. Amrita Narayanan received her doctorate (Psy. D.) in clinical psychology at the Pacific School of Psychology-Stanford University Consortium and is a California licensed psychologist. She has spent several years as a psychologist in hospital settings, lending a psychoanalytic approach to people experiencing chronic psychosis. Her areas of interest within psychoanalysis include dreams, intersubjectivity and feminism. She began teaching & supervising at Antarnad in October 2011.

Dr. Anurag Mishra
An alumnus of IOP, Antarnad Foundation, obtained his MD in Psychiatry from BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad. Currently he is a Consultant Psychiatrist with Fortis, New Delhi where he is the founder and head of the Psychoanalysis Unit within its Psychiatric Department. He is a faculty member at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, Delhi University, visiting faculty at Lady Shriram College, and the India representative on the IPSO section of the International Psychoanalytic Association. A wine and cigar enthusiast, gets high on the poetry of Jorge Luis Borges when no such pharmaceutical high is at hand.

Dr. Anurag Shrivastav
Dr. Shrivastav is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, where he also runs a Freud Study Group. He has been a consultant psychiatrist and practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist for nearly a decade. He is also an alumnus of IOP, Antarnad,. He got his MD in Psychiatry from NHLM Medical College and VS Hospital, Ahmedabad and is presently the Vice President of the Hyderabad Psychiatric Society, Executive Member of the Indian Psychiatric Society AP Chapter, and a father of two little daughters - hence too busy to have any other interests.

Dr. Devayani Shevade
Dr. Shevade is a senior clinical psychologist working in the psychological therapies service in the North East London Foundation NHS Trust in the UK. She trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist from Antarnad Foundation in 1999 and worked as a faculty there before immigrating to UK in 2004 where she completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Bristol University in 2009. Her interest lies in working with people with attachment disorders and early trauma using various psychodynamic psychotherapy models. She remains fascinated by the multitude of responses that therapists can experience in working with traumatised clients and how these responses can be used as a way of understanding the unconscious communication that occurs in the therapeutic dyad. She is intrigued by groups and group dynamics and is in the process of applying for the foundation course in group analytic training at the Institute of Group Analysis in London. Apart from her passion for psychoanalysis, she is a Vipassana meditator, loves music and exploring the less travelled woods and coves of Britain with her husband.

Dr. Dushyant Trivedi
After graduating from Medical college, Baroda, Dr. Dushyant Trivedi immigrated to the USA in 1969. There he specialized in general, child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center and the Hospitals. He serves as a faculty at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Michigan and has served as the director of Adolescent Psychiatry division of the University Michigan Hospital. He further specialized in clinical psychoanalysis and graduated from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently he is engaged in private outpatient practice with adolescents and adults. He is also the Medical Director of Adolescent Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Program at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI and the Treatment Clinic of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He specializes in psychoanalytic treatment of the severely disturbed patients. He has been honored with awards for excellence in teaching at the national and local levels in the US. His current research interest is in psychoanalytic study of the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.

Jhuma Basak
Ms. Basak has a Masters in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and is a Training Psychoanalyst, with memberships of the International Psychoanalytical Association, the Indian Psychoanalytic Society and the Japan Psychoanalytical Society. She is currently a Consultant Psychoanalyst at Max Health Care, New Delhi, and visiting faculty at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, Delhi University. She has been a visiting professor at the Centre for Clinical Psychology and Human Development, Kyushu University, Japan, and earlier practised as a psychoanalyst at the Calcutta Psychoanalytic Therapeutic Centre. She has been the assistant editor of Samiksa, the journal of the Indian Psychoanalytic Society, and has presented papers in international psychoanalytic conferences. Her psychoanalytic papers have been translated into Japanese, German and Hungarian. In her pre-analytic days, she wrote for the Seagull Theatre Quarterly, was the Classical and Contemporary Dance reviewer for the Telegraph, and her collection of poems has been published in Passages, a literary journal from Italy. A danseuse, she has been on performing tours to China, Philippines, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Norway, Indonesia, Portugal and the UK, and has choreographed for several national and international theatre productions.

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