Martha S. Jacobi, M.Div., STM, MSSW, PhD

Associate Dean, Brainspotting Concentration in Behavioural Health


Dr. Jacobi received the AB degree in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Duke University, and is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York. She is a Brainspotting® Trainer and has studied directly with Dr. David Grand since 2002. Dr. Jacobi also has advanced training in Bowen family therapy, EMDR, and Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor therapy. Dr. Jacobi holds advanced degrees in ministry and pastoral theology, both from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg PA, and was awarded the PhD degree in Behavioural Health/Clinical Psychology from IUGS and Charisma University.

Dr. Jacobi’s publications include “Using EMDR with Religious and Spiritually Attuned Clients,” in EMDR Solutions II (Robin Shapiro, ed.), “Psychophysiological Therapy,” in The Concise Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Glenn H. Asquith, Jr., ed.), and “Smelling Remembrance,” in Sensing Sacred (Jennifer Baldwin, ed.). She is co-author (with Monika Baumann) of the article “Brainspotting mit Kindern und Jugendlichen” in the German journal, Trauma, the English version of which is scheduled for publication as a chapter in a forthcoming Brainspotting anthology. Current works-in-progress are related to Brainspotting with children, and Brainspotting in spiritual practice.

Dr. Jacobi presents trainings and workshops for clergy and spiritual caregivers as well as for mental health clinicians specializing in trauma and spirituality. Her practice and training specializations include creativity/performance enhancement, and working with families and children at-risk. Dr. Jacobi is a Lutheran pastor who maintains a transdisciplinary pastoral psychotherapy and consultation practice in New York City. Dr. Jacobi is currently Pastoral Associate at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Times Square, New York. All of her work is informed by her background as a performing artist in music and dance.

Humanitarian work is important to Dr. Jacobi. She was a clinician with Faithful Response, a post-9/11 non-profit organization, and assisted Brainspotting® developer, Dr. David Grand in providing service through the Resiliency Center of Newtown CT after the Sandy Hook school shooting. She has been a referral clinician for military veterans relating to the New York City Wounded Warrior Project, and is currently working with colleagues to develop a Brainspotting® Humanitarian Healing project in Puerto Rico.