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Working Through Trauma

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Working Through Trauma

Nguyen starts the class with a tip about technique- how to blend colors on a canvas. Nguyen has some personal experience with war trauma. She grew up in Vietnam during the war, witnessed the death of her father, and found herself working out her trauma through painting while getting her bachelors degree in fine art. “I didn't know I was doing art therapy on myself until I went back for my masters in art therapy,” she says.