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By Robyn Mincher

Sept 22, 2011


When a service member experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recently visited the art therapy program atNational Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), he used molding clay to sculpt a scene he experienced while deployed.

“He was shocked to find himself reenacting a combat casualty,” said Melissa Walker, art therapist and healing arts program coordinator at the center.

Another participant began sessions timidly, outlining words and images on tracing paper. He told Walker that prior to his injury, he had been a painter for many years.

“I asked why he had stopped painting, and he said he was afraid of what might come out,” said Walker. “After he left NICoE, he shared with me that he had pulled his old art supplies out from the basement and was painting again.”