What Makes Our Therapy Helpful?
The key component of Faithful Response is an integration of state-of-the-art trauma treatments, including cognitive behavioral, hypnosis, somatic experience therapies and Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). All these approaches have been researched and recognized in their capacity to heal trauma quickly and comprehensively.
David Grand, Ph.D., Faithful Response Clinical Director, explains:
Unique to EMDR is its use of bilateral stimulation, either left/right eye movement, sound or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain. This helps the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
EMDR therapists have successfully healed over a million people suffering from PTSD stemming from serious accidents, rape, muggings, the murder or suicide of a loved one, terrorism, torture, military combat and natural disasters in as little as one to three extended sessions, as opposed to the months and years other treatments usually require to treat this condition. Although considerably more time is necessary, EMDR is also remarkably effective in the treatment of adults who have been traumatized by ongoing mental, physical and sexual abuse in childhood.
A performer or athlete suffering from performance anxiety and loss of confidence show the same neurological effects found in those suffering a traumatic event. EMDR resolves these performance inhibitions in the same rapid, effective manner as with trauma and achieves astonishing results in performance and creative enhancement with athletes, actors, performers, artists, and writers.
EMDR has direct application to almost every human situation, including phobias (social anxiety, fear of public speaking or flying), depression, dissociation, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), overeating, anger management, low self-esteem and body distortions, as well as bodily manifestations of stress (head, stomach and backaches). EMDR is also a valuable tool in addressing the family traumas of divorce, illness or death of a loved one, financial crisis, alcohol and drug abuse by parent or child and family violence.
How is it done?
How therapy helped a New York City Fire Captain after September 11
“Shortly after the September 11, 2001 disaster, I was assigned to the Ceremonial Unit of the Fire Department to serve as liaison to the many fallen members’ units and families, and to help coordinate and carry out the departmental funeral protocols. Needless to say, my men and I were worn pretty thin after two and three funerals a day for weeks on end.
Just prior to the Christmas holidays, I returned home from a day of funerals to receive a message from David Grand, whom I met in prior therapy. I told him what I had been doing and he suggested a session so that I might be able to enjoy the holidays. With his multifaceted approach, he helped me to deal with the grief, pain and survivors’ guilt I was experiencing. David then helped many of my colleagues in the Ceremonial Unit, who, in turn, spread the word to other firefighters and their families.
David began working pro bono with other colleagues. Every month, for more than a year, David and his teams worked with 30 guys at a time, sometimes two and three times in a single week. In addition to providing individual EMDR sessions as needed, David explained to these guys that they might encounter other firefighters who might need help. With their personal knowledge of EMDR as a powerful healing tool, they could now make effective referrals of other men.
David Grand has helped firefighters of every rank, and their families and friends, in such a selfless and giving manner that he deserves more than mere accolades.”
Capt. James Johnson, FDNY (retired)
Faithful Response has proven itself to be a wonderful benefit and resource to so many people who were affected by the events of September 11, 2001 and still suffer. Their thoughtful and experienced therapists and staff remain committed to provide the help that is needed. I thank you for your continued help to those in need.
September 11th Families Association