The Rev. Martha S. Jacobi, PhD, LCSW
Pastoral Psychotherapist / Brainspotting Trainer
About Dr. Jacobi
Areas of specialization
Trauma and Spirituality (Western & Eastern)
Brainspotting in religious settings
Issues unique to clergy and religious professionals
Creativity/Performance enhancement with professional and avocational artists
Dr. Jacobi is a Lutheran pastor who maintains a transdisciplinary pastoral psychotherapy and consultation practice in New York City; she also serves as Pastoral Associate at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Times Square. Her practice specializations include trauma and spirituality, grief/bereavement, at-risk families and children, and creativity/performance enhancement. She is Associate Dean for the Brainspotting Concentration in Behavioural Health at International University for Graduate Studies, in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Humanitarian work is important to Dr. Jacobi. She was a clinician with Faithful Response, a post-9/11 non-profit organization; provided humanitarian service, with Brainspotting developer Dr. David Grand, through the Resiliency Center of Newtown CT, in the wake of the Sandy Hook CT tragecdy; and has been a referral clinician for military veterans relating to the New York City Wounded Warrior Project.
A pioneer in using psychophysiological methods in congregational settings of care, Dr. Jacobi is a Senior International Brainspotting Trainer and workshop presenter for clergy and spiritual caregivers, as well as mental health clinicians. She has advanced training in Bowen family therapy, EMDR, and Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor therapy. Her work is informed by her background as a performing artist in music and dance.
Dr. Jacobi's publications include "Brainspotting," a chapter in the 2nd edition of Psychothérapie de la dissociation et du trauma (J. Smith, ed.); "Psychophysiological Therapy" in The Concise Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (G. H. Asquith, Jr., ed.); "Smelling Remembrance" in Sensing Sacred (J. Baldwin, ed.); and "Using EMDR with Religious and Spiritually Attuned Clients" in EMDR Solutions II (R. Shapiro, ed.) She is co-author (with Monika Baumann) of several articles, in English and German, related to Brainspotting with Children and Adolescents, and a chapter, "Brainspotting with Children and Adolescents" in The Power of Brianspotting (G. Wolfrum, ed.) Current works-in-progress are related to Brainspotting with children, and Brainspotting as spiritual practice.