We had the good fortune of connecting with SUSAN JACOBSEN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi SUSAN, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
When I started Henry’s Heart Art Therapy my primary goal was to have an impact on the world of grief, loss and trauma. Having lost a baby, my son Henry to HELLP Syndrome when I was 37 weeks pregnant, I wanted to create a safe space for grief and trauma as it relates to infant loss. At the time that we lost Henry there was very little available for this specific type of loss. I had been a therapist for 12 years before my loss. I felt that I not only had the personal experience to draw on, but the professional training as well. Many client will tell me that they are grateful for the space that I provide because many people are not comfortable or don’t truly understand what they are going through in the midst of loss. I also want to support those who become pregnant after a loss. It is a unique situation in which your joy is also a reminder of what you have lost. Women, and men, need to have a safe place to explore this complex set of emotions.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am and artist as well as an art therapist. So much of the way I experience the world is through images. I express and make sense of my emotions through my artwork. I learned about the field of art therapy when I was in high school and I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life. I love the magic of it! When I, or one of my client’s has some self discovery through their artwork it is so exciting.
It wasn’t an easy road to becoming and art therapist. I completed a BS in art and psychology and went on to get a MS in Art Therapy and test for a professional counseling license and a Board Certificate in Art Therapy. It is more than doing art with people.
The creativity involved in doing art therapy is challenging but also my favorite part of this work. Translating emotion into images and sometimes into words is healing in a way that talking alone is not. It makes the invisible and intangible visible and tangible. It is whole brain healing!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Pikes Peak region has so much to offer! I would first take them to Cottonwood Center for the Arts in downtown Colorado Springs. My office and studio are in this building and it has become my second home. There are 95+ artist in this building and tons of art to see and buy. I would take them out to eat at Shugah’s, which is a sweet little place near downtown with yummy food and friendly people. The have the best Lavender martinis. I also love Red Gravy and paella on the patio at The Tapateria. I would invite them to take in a yoga class with me at ZennerMobileYoga in Fountain or at Root Yoga in Colorado Springs. We would visit Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people have been the shoulders that I have stood upon. Dr. Randine Lewis with The Fertile Soul taught me so much about the many ways to look at fertility and holistic ways to make friends with my body again and to let go of the most painful parts of my grief journey. So I dedicate my Shoutout to her. If not for her work I would not have had another child nor would be doing this work.