Brainspotting Trainer and Consultant –“Specialty” Trainer in BSP with Kids & Adolescents
Associate Dean for the Brainspotting Concentration in Behavioural Health International University for Graduate Studies, Commonwealth of Dominica
Areas of specialization
- Trauma and Spirituality (Western & Eastern)
- BSP in religious settings
- BSP with Kids & Adolescents
- Issues unique to clergy and religious professionals
- Creativity/Performance enhancement with professional & avocational performing artists
- At-risk families
Biographical / Practice Information
Martha 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 was awarded the PhD degree in Behavioural Health/Clinical Psychology from International University and Charisma University. Martha has been in private practice for over 25 years, studying with David Grand since 2002, and integrated Brainspotting into her practice from the time of its discovery. Her work contributed to the development of z-axis and other innovations in Brainspotting. Martha has been a Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant in EMDR (2005-2014); studied Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy with its developer, Al Pesso; has extensive training in the arts, and is an avocational ballet dancer and musician. She considers her practice to be an emergent transdisciplinary model of the “open and integrative” Brainspotting philosophy.
Martha is a pioneer in the integration of Brainspotting into religious/spiritual settings of caregiving practice, reflected in her doctoral dissertation, Brainspotting in Comparative Religio-Spiritual Perspective, as well as other academic papers and publications. As a Brainspotting Trainer, and in consultation with Dr. Grand, Martha has developed a specialization of the Brainspotting Phase 1 training process for clergy and other pastoral/contemplative caregivers.
In addition to her clinical background, Martha is an ordained Lutheran pastor who holds advanced degrees in ministry and pastoral theology, both from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg PA. She has served Lutheran congregations throughout the greater New York City area in various capacities since 1981 and is currently Pastoral Associate at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Times Square, New York.
Martha offers psychotherapy and individual and/or group consultation in Brainspotting at her Manhattan office, and individually by phone and/or online. She is available for informational presentations about Brainspotting (for professional and general audiences) as well as Brainspotting Trainings for clinicians and pastoral/spiritual caregivers.
Located in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, Martha’s office is 6 blocks south of Penn Station and close to most major subway lines and PATH. Attended-garage/lot parking (at modest for NYC rates!) is available on W 25th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, on the corner of 6th Avenue & 24th street, and at other locations with a few blocks of the office buiding.
Martha’s print publications include “Psychophysiological Therapy” in The Concise Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (G. Asquith, Jr., ed.) in which Brainspotting is highlighted; “Using EMDR with Religious and Spiritually Attuned Clients” in EMDR Solutions II (R. Shapiro, ed.); “Smelling Remembrance,” in Sensing Sacred, (J. Baldwin, ed.), and articles in The Lutheran New Yorker and other church related publications. She is co-author, with Brainspotting Trainer Monika Baumann, of “Brainspotting mit Kindern und Jugendlichen” in Trauma: Zeitschrift fur Psychotraumatologie und ihre Anwendungen, and its English language translation and expansion for a forthcoming Brainspotting anthology (G. Wolfrum, ed.)