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:

EMDR, a remarkable treatment method discovered 14 years ago, currently used by over 40,000 therapists worldwide, can heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions, and dramatically enhance performance and creativity. Extensive scientific research has shown that it is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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?
EMDR is driven by bilateral brain stimulation which results from a client tracking the therapist's fingers from side to side (or by sound moving from ear to ear or by tapping the hands left and right) which stimulates powerful brain activity. Simultaneously, the client reactivates an image, with its accompanying sensory experiences, of a profound traumatic event, along with the associated distorted negative self-beliefs (i.e., it was my fault; I am no good; I can never be safe again). This process generates emotions which are often felt as body sensations. With the bilateral stimulation, the client is instructed to uncritically follow his/her thoughts and associations, which often leads to retrieval of old memories and rapid insights and accompanied by a systemic letting go of the traumatic event and the symptoms associated with it. After an EMDR experience, the person can then believe deep down that the crisis is in the past, they were not responsible, they are safe now, and they can go on with their lives. This results in a person finally letting go finding profound recovery and healing.

Brainspotting is a newly developed method that deeply identifies and heals core neurophysiological sources of psychological and body pain, conflict and symptomatology. Locations for Brainspotting are identified by slow eye tracking either with one eye or two. Locations are found from the “inside window” of the client’s felt sense and/or the “outside window” of observation of the therapist of clients’ reflexive responses such as blinks, eye twitches or wobbles, pupil dilation, quick inhalation, etc. Brainspotting, accordingly, is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced by bilateral sound stimulation, which is incredibly deep, direct and powerful - breakthrough treatment among the power therapies.

For more information, visit: www.biolateral.com or   www.emotionalhealingatwarpspeed.com


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)
Fort Totten Fire Dept., Bayside, N.Y.



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.

Lee Ielpi

Vice President

September 11th Families Association