Global Stress Initiative’s finest supporters meet at LE CIRQUE

By Ralph DePalo, Ph.D.

New York, N.Y. Global Stress Initiative (GSI) supporters  including TV Personalities and Entertainers, 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Anchor and New York Times Best Selling Author, Rita Cosby, Singer/Producer, Tomaczek Bednarek, Barbara and David Bender, Russell Daisey, Artists & Writers, Lauren Lawrence, W. Douglas Dechert, Anthony Haden-Guest, Renelio Marin, Abe Shainberg, Philanthropists and Entrepreneurs, George Ganginis, Vincent Forras, Monica Carrera, Katherine Horan, Mary Harrison, Jim Luce, Errol Rappaport, Elissa Shainberg, Debbie MacDougall, T. Gregory and Jimena Bender and Scientists, Ralph DePalo, PhD,  Judy Kuriansky, PhD, Sasha Hazlett, LCSW, Leslie Prichep, PhD all reunited with Lorraine Silvetz for dinner at Le Cirque to hear about GSI’s latest results treating veterans at iSynchrony. The results have been nothing short of astounding.


From left to right: Marco Maccioni, Lauren Lawrence, Rita Cosby, Tomaczek Bednarek, Lorraine Silvetz

Lorraine is the Executive Director of the Global Stress Initiative (GSI), an organization that seeks to diagnose, treat and prevent PTSD and TBI, as well as raise awareness not only for those suffering from the condition, but their family members as well. The problem is a significant one, and as GSI’s Medical Director, Robert Cancro, MD points out, “Twenty million American adults live with an anxiety disorder that is chronic, painful and can become progressively worse.


Lorraine Silvetz, MSW and Rita Cosby, Spokesperson for GSI

Robert Cancro, M.D., Chairman Emeritus of N.Y.U. Langone’s Department of Psychiatry, states:

Post-traumatic stress and other stress disorders are on the rise and can precipitate alcoholism, substance abuse, depression, depending on a person’s genetic predisposition. I recommend iTMS because it helps combat stress. Research has shown that iTMS can increase attention, clarity, focus and decrease anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Given there are no side effects this technique is well worth considering since it improves a person’s quality of life.”


Ralph DePalo, PhD, Russell Daisey, Elissa and Abe Shainberg, Esq

Lorraine and her GSI colleagues original goal was to find help for individuals with PTSD that did not include prescribing additional medications. The GSI team knows all too well that people with PTSD became dependent on the drugs involved in their therapy. The individuals taking PTSD medications may also find themselves experiencing a host of unwelcome side effects such as inability to sleep or suicidal urges.

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From left to right: George Ganginis, Lorraine Silvetz, and Renelio Marin.

Lorraine C. Silvetz, MSW, states:

GSI is promoting alternative techniques to help in the alleviation of stress disorders. One of our programs goals is to spread awareness of iTMS and its efficacy as an alternative technique for the alleviation of stress and a life changing alternative to psychopharmacologic treatment for Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) which not only impacts military members, their families but civilian survivors of trauma from man-made and natural disasters. iTMS has making a huge difference in people’s recovery from stress disorders. We are having 98%efficacy treating veterans”

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Phenomenal expatriate artist of Cuban origin, Renelio Marin (once a major in the Cuban army and a great believer in the G.S.I.’s vital mission for the combat vets of many nations) got together with art critics Douglas Dechert and Anothony Haden-Guest, who are both great admirers of his contemporary abstract expressionism. 

After founding GSI, in 2008, Lorraine found several noninvasive interventions to help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, including Fisher Wallace’s cranial stimulation device and David Lynch Foundations’ Transcendental Meditation but not until 2013 did she find the ultimate intervention. Eilhys England Hackworth, co-Founder of Stand for the Troops, told her about the Brain Treatment Center (BTC) and its tremendous success using non-drug interventions. Lorraine decided to visit BTC at its headquarters in Newport Beach, California.

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From left to right, Vinny Forras, Rita Cosby, Monica Carrera, and Lorraine Silvetz, MSW

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From left to right: Sasha Hazlett, Lorraine Silvetz, Rita Cosby, Katie Horan and Ralph DePalo

For Lorraine, the visit was life changing, not only professionally but also personally. While there, she met the Chief Scientific Officer, Robert D. Silvetz, M.D.  The two shared the happy experience of not only caring about veterans and PTSD, they also discovered how much they cared about each other. They married within the year at the historic, Oheka Castle in August 2014.


Left to right: Jacquie Howard and Leslie Prichep, PhD 

Since their marriage, they continued donating treatment to veterans with dramatic results. They brought the innovative protocol, utilizing transcranial magnetic stimulation in an individualized way (iTMS), east launching their clinic, iSynchrony, with their DC partners, in 2017.  Since January they have donated treatment for 20 veterans and a few of their wives too. Their goal is to  treat as many veterans as possible.

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From Left to Right: Russell Daisey, Lorraine Siilvetz, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Dr, Ralph DePalo

From a narrative perspective, to appropriately treat post-traumatic stress mental health professionals must integrate and incorporate lenses from a biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual aspect of care for the individual and his or her family. Not one of the aforementioned lenses should be left out of one’s scope of practice. This then leads to an empathic, tailored and holistic approach for the healing and recovery process. iSynchrony employs all of these lenses in its treatment protocol.


From left to right: Grace MacDougall, Monica Carrera, Debbie MacDougall, Terri and Katie Horan

iSynchrony also treats autism, chemobrain, depression, anxiety, migraines, stroke related dementia, traumatic brain injury/concussion and other disorders. Their treatment is non-invasive and patients are often able to lower their prescription dosage significantly and/or get off of their medications altogether. When it comes to PTSD and TBI, the impact is life changing, and in some cases, life saving.

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From left to right, Barbara Meister Bender and David Schuyler Bender


From left to right, Russell Daisey, Rita Cosby, Debbie MacDougall, Ralph DePalo, Lorraine Silvetz, Monica Carrera, Vinny Forras, Sasha Hazlett, Katie Horan, Terri Albert, and Tomaczek Bednarek.

About the author:


Ralph DePalo, Ph.D received his Bachelor’s degree from Iona College in Gerontology. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree from Fordham University at  Lincoln Center from the Graduate School of Social Service receiving a full two year scholarship from The National Institute of Mental Health in Gerontological Community Mental Health.  He completed psychoanalytic training from The Alfred Adler Institute in New York City. He received his Ph.D in Clinical Social Work from the Ehrankranz School of Social Work at New York University. Dr DePalo brings with him thirty years of experience in Mental Health and Health Care settings. He is adjunct professor at New York University in Clinical Social Work and Psychology. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. His areas of expertise and research are Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, Trauma, Palliative care, Neuroscience, Forensics  and Mental Health and well being. He serves on the Scientific and Medical Advisory Boards for Stand for the Troops and Global Stress Initiative.


Chloe Hoang
A recent Honors graduate of The College of Wooster with a major in Communication Studies, Chloe is from Hanoi, Vietnam. She serves as the Executive Director at The J. Luce Foundation, managing leadership training and development programs for Young Global Leaders age 18-24. Recently, Chloe receives a full-tuition fellowship for her Master of International Affairs in International Non-Governmental Organization at Baruch College.

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