Jennifer Cossman is the founder and owner of HeART Journeys Expressive Art Therapies, so her heART journey is the company's heART journey.
Jennifer grew up in the Midwest, always knowing she wanted to help people. Never once did she believe that her life's passion of music could be incorporated into that dream. Not until her mom came home with a Reader's Digest article one day describing the field of music therapy.
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A proud alumnus of the University of Dayton (GO FLYERS!), Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. She completed her clinical internship at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office in Newark, New York.
Jennifer was selected to create the music therapy program at the Hazelwood Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While building this program, she 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. She also served as the President of the Music Therapy Association of Kentucky.
Upon moving to Lynchburg, Virginia, Jennifer found her home and created Blue Ridge Music Therapy in 2006. Soon after, she 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 our area. We 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.
We look forward to working with you and your loved one.
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) and earned the Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy certificate (HPMT) from the Centers for Music Therapy in End of Life Care.
You may view her curriculum vitae by clicking the PDF link.