Jennifer Cossman is the founder and owner of HeART Journeys Expressive Art Therapies, so her heART journey is the company's heART journey.
I grew up in the Midwest, always knowing I wanted to help people. Never once did I believe that my life's passion of music could be incorporated into that dream. Not until my mom came home with a Reader's Digest article one day describing the field of music therapy, that is.
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A proud alumnus of the University of Dayton (GO FLYERS!), I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. I completed my clinical internship at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office in Newark, New York (no, not Newark, New Jersey).
I was selected to create the music therapy program at the Hazelwood Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While building this program, I advocated for hiring additional music therapists, expanding the music therapy office space, supervised University of Louisville music therapy students, and was approved to start a music therapy internship program. I also served as the President of the Music Therapy Association of Kentucky.
Upon moving to Lynchburg, Virginia, I found my home and created Blue Ridge Music Therapy in 2006. Soon after, I began providing music therapy services to individuals in the community. Before long, additional team members were brought on to help fill the growing need for music therapy in the area. I have provided services to individuals, children with autism, individuals with traumatic brain injuries, hospice patients, at-risk youth, grieving families, and United States Veterans.
HeART Journeys Expressive Art Therapies was established as a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Music Therapy in 2019 to help meet the growing interest for art-based therapies, group work, health and wellness programming, and creativity in the community.
I pride myself on my ability to connect with my clients on a personal level. I have received numerous compliments about my skill at understanding the different needs of my clients, helping them find their own strengths, and cutting through the "noise" of everyday life.
With over ten years experience in hospice and bereavement, I have found a "specialization home" in the unique needs of clients who are processing significant life transitions and feeling grief or loss. Through my training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), I have felt the power of music and the arts in processing my own grief, loss, and life changes and have utilized that to connect with my clients to help them more effectively. I have completed training with the Centers for Music Therapy in End-of-Life Care, expanding my knowledge into the use of music therapy and the arts in hospice, palliative care, and bereavement. I have also completed the MARI Training with the MARI Creative Resources and incorporates mandalas and the MARI Assessment Tool into my work in life transitions, grief, and loss.
I utilize traditional talk therapy and counseling techniques combined with the expressive arts to meet my clients where they are emotionally and to walk with them on their heART journey.
Jennifer holds current board certification (MT-BC) with the Certification Board for Music Therapists. She is a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery (FAMI), earned the Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy certificate (HPMT) from the Centers for Music Therapy in End of Life Care, completed the Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth training with Sound Birthing Music, and completed the MARI Training with MARI Creative Resources.
You may view her curriculum vitae by clicking the PDF link.