The writings in this blog are not intended as therapy and should not be used as such. If you are looking for information about Art Therapy, please google American Art Therapy Association or the European Expressive Therapy Association. Through those 2 organizations you should be able to find an art or expressive therapist.

It should be noted that all opinions posted to this blog are my own and do not represent my school (Lesley University) or my current employer/former internship (Pondview Lodge/Arbour PHP.) In some cases my opinion may overlap with one or both of these entities, however my opinion and writings should not be considered any sort of endorsement/condemnation of what I’m writing about by either entity.

It is also important to note that I am a Master’s level Mental Health Counselor with a specialization in Art Therapy. When I gain enough hours, I will be able to take an exam and gain supervised hours to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. After I achieve this goal I will be able to work more supervised hours to become a Art Therapist-Registered. After that point I’ll be able to take an examination and become a Board Certified Art Therapist. I have 2 months left in school before I’ll begin the 2 year trek to becoming licensed in the state of Massachusetts. Becoming a registered art therapist will take longer and let’s not talk about how long it will take me to become board certified. Suffice it to say I will enter the workforce with 1200 supervised hours and will be looking to gain 2000 more in the next 2 years. Obviously I have chosen a long road.

The above is to say, that I am someone with not only an interest but am in the beginning stages of becoming an Art Therapist and LMHC. In this context, what I am writing is informed opinion based on research I have done and areas of interest.

The FCC says that because I do reviews here I have to disclose my relationship with the manufacturer or seller. Typically , I purchase everything I review with my own money. I  have received a free product from JetPens, but haven’t recently. I purchase a lot of my pencils and pens from them.

I’ve also received free products from Stillman & Birns, a manufacturer of sketchbooks. I have reviewed several of their notebooks, glowingly.

I’ve also received free product from Kikkerland many years ago, and I was able to run a massive giveaway for Moleskine products. If you have been reading my blog for any time you know how I feel about them.

Anyway, though I may get free product the free-ness of it does not influence my reviews. I try to be as honest as possible in my review and look at the product from my personal perspective. My reviews are different from others in that I look at the tools specifically from an artistic and art journaling perspective.

If you are a manufacturer and you’d like to send me product for review, shoot me an email and we’ll chat.