|Singing Tree, Amy Oestreicher|
Melissa Walker, an art therapist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, works with service members suffering traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions. In the National Geographic article How Art Heals the Wounds of War, Melissa shares how she implements art therapy in treating returning injured men and women. She provides service members a blank papier-mâché mask, and asks them to decorate it. The final product shows the psychology of pain, something that not even high-tech neuroimaging machines can detect. By painting the mask, service members are able to express what they are feeling in art form, opening a door to conversation with their social worker or psychiatrist.