Melissa Walker

Unmasking the invisible wounds of war

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About Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker, a Creative Arts Therapist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a directorate of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, works with active duty service members suffering from traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions. Dedicated to helping recovering service members safely express their deep thoughts and emotions in a creative environment, Melissa designed the Healing Arts Program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in 2010 where she engages her patients in mask-making, a powerful mechanism for helping them express their invisible wounds. Melissa received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from New York University.

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Creative arts therapist Melissa Walker describes how she creates a haven where military service members recovering from traumatic brain injury and mental illness can safely unmask their invisible wounds.

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