About Dr. Chardavoyne
Dr. Chardavoyne is the Medical Director of Bright Heart Health. He most recently was Interim Chief Medical Officer of Stonington Institute, Director of Medical Services at the Stonington Institute Partial Hospital/IOP Program, and Medical Director of Outpatient Medical Services at Stonington Institute. He has held leadership and management positions, supervised healthcare professionals in various settings, and taught in medical schools to national conferences. He has undergone specialized psychotherapy training in Transference Focused Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and treating people with Dissociative Identity Disorder and other chronic dissociative processes. For details please see Curriculum Vitae.
Dr. Chardavoyne's expertise is treating patients with personality disorders, dissociative disorders, people with significant histories of chronic childhood maltreatment, or those patients who consider themselves or who have been labeled as "difficult to treat." He is also interested in teaching Transference-Focused Psychotherapy. Moreover, Dr. Chardavoyne 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 for the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. This is a 12-week program for the relatives of loved ones with Borderline Personality Disorder. In 2013 the Connecticut Psychiatric Society awarded him the Roger Coleman Memorial Award Service to Patients for responding after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
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, what (or whether) a person chooses to worship, someone's physical limitations, gender and gender identity, where a person was born, citizenship status, sexual orientation, the extent of a person's poverty or wealth, or any other way in which a person might be viewed as different or as an "other".
Dr. Chardavoyne appreciates the pain and suffering that can be experienced by being perceived and treated as the "other" – personally and systemically through explicit and implicit racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, classism, and other forms of oppression and discrimination. He advocates for a world that is just and compassionate, one that honors differences and praises genuine connection between people.