Ratings for Dr. Andrew Twardon
I was in CITPD for a year and found it very challenging . It helped me in a big way. I learned a lot and am trying to apply what I learned in my daily life. I didn't really get to know Dr. Andrew Twardon because he didn't really put much effort into getting to know the patients. We did have monthly meeting with him as a group but he never did anything when anyone brought up an issue.. The other team members on the other hand did play a big role.. They were very professional and really cared about how we did in the program. My therapist in particular was very patient and helped me through critical issues.. There are a lot of rules but it helps to keep the patients to feel safe. Some were hard to follow but not impossible. It also helped so that we could focus on learning and healing so not to be disrupted by chaos. The DBT group was very helpful and helped me develop the skills. I needed to relate with others in a positive way.. I still have a long way to go though. The attending Psychiatrist really cared and helped me as well. She didn't just hand out prescriptions but also wanted to know how everyone was doing in a personal level.. My experience over all was great and I hope to reapply so I can continue to grow cause there is so much more can learn at CITPD.
I also belong to Dr. Twardon's CITPD program at Roosevelt Hospital and agree that it does more bad than good. Cursing is the worst thing you can do. Everything else is okay and the doctors are mean when they should be nice. It could be much better. There should be more DBT.
Dr. Twardon is the director of the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at Roosevelt Hospital . As someone who was in that program, I'll review him based on what I feel about that program. The "intensive" morning program , which I was in, meets for one 75 minute session 5 days a week. Since no two clocks there tell the same time -- and if you get to your group 1 minute late you're barred from entering -- there is a good chance you'll have made the trip for nothing. The fact that Dr. Twardon and the rest of the staff have known about this for a very long time but have never fixed the problem or adjust what a clock says to what the actual time is and allow the patient who is, in reality, on time enter, in a way sums up what this program is all about under Dr. Twardon's leadership: Give the patients the hardest, coldest, most unforgiving treatment possible and whether you sink or swim is up to you. I say this because to get into CITPD I went to 2 in depth intake interviews, including one with the psychologist I was assigned to, even though what "being my psychologist" meant is a mystery since we never met privately. But she did run the 3 times a week bull sh*t group, as someone called it, that I was in. But despite knowing me and each of us as individuals as well as she should have, she treated everyone in the exact same caring or frigid way. The B.S. group is overcrowded, disorganized, uninviting and often a madhouse of people trying to try to at least get their issues mentioned, let alone addressed. And what's worse is the psychologist running it had no control over what was happening or tried to turn the sadistic bullying and infighting into anything for anyone to gain insight from and, maybe, change. All she did was strictly enforce a rule she suddenly made up that if someone forgets to turn off a cell phone and it rang during session, that person was out. And she very forcefully hounded someone with a walker to stop resting her leg on it. Everything else went unchecked. And that was supposed to be the opportunity for people to relate and feel for one another The DBT group, which teaches people skills to handle all of the overwhelming emotions and counter-productive behaviors we all came in to stop, that group meets only once a week for one 75 minute session a week. Many people have suggested that it meet 3 times a week and that the bull sh*t session meet only once. But Dr. Twardon feels it's more therapeutic to feel the hell you're living in than to lean how to handle it. And for all those reasons and more, I left this ridiculous program and hope someone with replaces Twardon soon .
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