Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity

Dr. John Chardavoyne values the importance of acceptance. He believes that all persons are created equal and that people are endowed with certain unalienable rights, including freedom, treatment with dignity and respect, and the pursuit of meaningful lives, regardless of the color of a person's skin, ... read more...

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that can help individuals adapt better to their psychosocial environments. It can also help them to increase their capacities to satisfy internal psychological needs like self-affirmation, sexuality, and dependency.

Dr. Chardavoyne's expertise is treating patients who consider themselves or who have been labeled as “difficult to treat.”  Often these people have experienced significant childhood maltreatment.  People with these difficulties struggle with their identities, intense emotions (like anger, depression, shame, anxiety, etc.), impulsive behaviors (like self injury, eating disorders, or substance abuse), dissociative processes, and/or relationships. Consequently, they are unable to find fulfillment and/or achieve their full potentials in the domains of work, romantic relationships, social relationships, and creative endeavors.

People with these difficulties have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and other depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, impulse control disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, other personality disorders, and/or bipolar disorder.  Frequently, they have been diagnosed with multiple psychiatric disorders. They have not responded to psychiatric treatments that were focused on psychotropic medications or a specific treatment focus, like substance abuse.

Depending on the circumstances, various treatment plans might be recommended.  For example, Transference Focused Psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment for severe personality disorders that involves addressing the aforementioned difficulties while simultaneously addressing the core difficulty, which is a disturbance in identity.  Alternatively, for an individual with a dissociative disorder or complex PTSD, a phased treatment model that includes the use of clinical hypnosis might be recommended.  Of utmost importance is the collaboration with the patient in creating the treatment plan.

On a related note, Dr. Chardavoyne also appreciates the impact that the difficulties of patients with personality disorders can have on their loved ones. Therefore, for four years he voluntarily co-led Family Connections groups, which are evidence-based groups for the family members of loved ones with borderline personality disorder.

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A few of Dr. Chardavoyne's favorite memories