About Us

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Photographically Touching the Soul Deeply (PTSD) is an interdependent organization of veterans and their families that practices therapeutic photography as a method to develop alternative coping skills, restore relationships and cultivate self-sustainability.

Our Mission

Raise public awareness and inform citizens that all veterans who live with post-traumatic stress are not dangerous, and to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families who live with post-traumatic stress disorder. We do this by educating our veterans in the process of symptom relief through therapeutic photography by teaching the art of photography through evidence-based therapeutic photography processes. Our Core Values: Interdependence through friendship, and trustworthy partnerships together we will cultivate friendliness, honesty, accountability, transparency, and decency.

Transitioning Chaos into Creativity!

How This Works?

Within the context of photography, we are framing our fellow veterans with improved coping skills through therapeutic photography. As photographers, we must compose, focus, capture, and produce a higher level of mindfulness through photographic principles and practices. This process helps develop strong discipline through fellowship, managing the impact of post-traumatic stress through our therapeutic photography programs. We produce positive outcomes that empower our veterans with a thorough set of artistic skills that help veterans and their families cope and communicate with their loved ones on a deeper meaningful level.

What Is Therapeutic Photography?

Therapeutic photography is the term used for photographic practices in situations where the skills of therapists or counselors are not needed, yet for a practice to be truly “therapeutic” there should be a benefit to the end-user in terms of deepening understanding of the self with an aim to reduce inner conflict and enhance coping strategies (Borden, 2000). An extensive description of therapeutic photography includes the application of photography to increase self-knowledge, awareness, well-being, relationships, and to challenge societal issues such as exclusion, isolation, intercultural relations, conflict, social injustice, as well as informing research

Gibson, Neil. Therapeutic Photography (pp. 22-23). Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Aaron Mahlon

FOUNDER and President OF ptsd

A photographer, a documentarian, an educator, teaches disabled veterans photography in Dallas / Fort Worth Texas specializing in Therapeutic Photography for the United States Disabled Veterans with PTSD.


Brookhaven Collegiate Class

2016 – 2017

Instructed collegiate level high-school students in Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud Computer-Aided Illustration

Brookhaven Community College


Professor of Advanced Digital Video I/II and Advanced Digital Imaging I/II. Instructing visual storytelling in digital photography and printing. Instructing digital video production, studio lighting, NLE editing.

Founded PTSD Help for Veterans

2016 – Present

Photography inspired me to study therapeutic photography as a complement to clinical treatment, and that is when I discovered the field of academic research on therapeutic photography. Photography is a pleasurable and is a different way to control my thoughts. The pleasure photography provides requires intense and enjoyable concentration. The pleasing engagement takes power away from my ever-present symptoms.

Founder and President / Trainer of PTSD

2016 – Present