107: Healing Trauma Through Visual Journaling with Amber Walker

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Today, we’re talking all about using art to heal trauma.


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • How using a visual journal is an effective form of therapy
  • An exercise you can try today to lessen your anxiety in the face of uncertainty
  • Some soothing to recover from the collective trauma of 2020

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About Amber

Amber Walker was born and raised in the State of Maine. She works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice and the Army National Guard. She specializes in trauma treatment. Her art journaling has coincided with her twenty year career in social work, the love of art becoming a therapeutic creative outlet and passion. She returned to college enrolling in art courses following her time on active duty in the US Air Force. She has published artwork in several Stampington & Company’s nation-wide magazines from 2012 to 2019, published in Studio Visit in 2018, and art journal pages shown throughout the State of Maine art galleries. In her journals, the words, paint, and ink spill across the pages with no conscious plan or desired outcome, nothing off limits. The work is intuitive and often incorporates themes of women and the pursuit of freedom.

Amber recently co-authored a visual workbook, The Story of Tat Nook & You, for young adult trauma survivors. The book was created for trauma survivors to know they are not alone, there is hope, and provide tools and resources to help guide them along the path of healing.

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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