Drawingwithin Art Therapy & Counselling Services

Marie Bajada
0409 954 703
Ballarat, Grampians -Victoria

Welcome to Drawing Within Art Therapy and Counselling Services

Hi my name is Marie Bajada and I extend a warm welcome to you as you view my website.

My services are provided in the Moorabool shire, Ballarat and Grampians regions, which are located in central and western Victoria.

I hope as you browse through my pages, you gain an insight into my work and the the wonderful benefits and advantages of using creative arts as a means of expressing, exploring  and unpacking difficult experiences or life issues.

The processes of Creative Arts Therapies will help draw you within to your inner world, explore issues you want to address and find healing and meaning in your life.

As a creative arts therapist, I offer a multi- modal approach which basically means many different art modalities are on offer to you. These include:

    • Visual arts
    • Sculpture in 3D
    • Textiles
    • Performing Arts
    • Music
    • Movement
    • Digital media
    • Sandplay
    • Any other creative art form you may love
    • I stress here you do not have to be artistic or have any knowledge or experience in these modalities to participate.I will walk beside and companion you along the way, as you experiment and play with modalities of your choice.

I especially love working with children and teens but also enjoy journeying with adults, as new awareness leads to transformation in their lives.

In 2018 I realised a life long dream and completed my Masters in Therapeutic Arts practice at the Miecat Institute in Melbourne.Half way through the year I broke my ankle and found my life and study plans turned upside down.

Part of my study requirements were to produce an artefact as a component of my arts project. Creative Art therapies gave me a vehicle for expression during the very challenging moments of my journey of Vulnerability.Despite being bed ridden, I turned to digital media making as my outlet. This is the story of my artefact- my leg cast, the Japanese art of Kintsugi and the Kintsugi Kings; the faces, who supported me in this Vulnerability.

Click here to listen to me narrating this story

Once I was literally and metaphorically back on my feet and walking, I realised I do indeed Walk the Talk with this passion of mine: Creative Arts Therapies.


My Workplace Supervisor made the following comments:

"Your Master's degree had many twists, turns and hurdles and took you on a journey of vulnerability.I am so honoured that I bore witness to this journey, your humility, tenacity, courage and your remarkable achievement.I have been inspired by your work with clients, you demonstrated a genuine compassion and commitment to them, even when the going got tough.It is wonderful to see you claiming the space of the experienced, competent, compassionate and creative arts therapist that you are." C.Taylor Dec 2018

Why not call me on 0409 954 703, make an appointment and you can meet my Kintsugi Kings in real life. As an Art therapist, I am "a game changer who is changing lives one image at a time". 

My Qualifications are:

      • Masters in Therapeutic Creative Arts Practice
      • Post Grad Diploma- Experiential & Creative Arts Practice
      • Post Grad Certificate Community Services- Case Management & Assessment
      • B.Ed Primary
      • Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy
      • Certificate Professional Clinical Supervision-ACA recognised Supervisor training
      • Certificate Sandplay Therapy
      • Registered member -ARCAP -Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
      • Tree of Life- Narrative Therapy training
      • Foundation Certificate- Anthrophosophical Arts


      • M.A.C.A- Member Australian Counselling Association- level 4
      • ANZACATA- Australian,New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association- Professional member-AThr
      • Ballarat MHPN- Mental Health Professionals Network
      • Ballarat Family Therapy Network
      • Professional Supervisor with ACA's College of Supervisors
      • Registered member ARCAP -Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
      • Registered Member of the V.I.T.-Victorian Institute of Teaching
      • Current “Working With Children Check” & National Police Check
      • In order to meet ACA's and ANZACATA's annual registration process,I continue to meet my annual OPD (Ongoing Professional Development) & CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and Supervision requirements.


As a registered professional Art Therapist with ANZACATA, I am available to offer Therapeutic Supports to NDIS participants who have:

* Self-Managed plans

* Plan- Managed by third party agencies


 Some of my Inspiration comes from

* Dane Beams AFL footballer

2020- I'm a mad AFL fan and actually follow the Geelong Cats.However it is Dane Beams a Collingwood player, who has caught my eye and heart, as he talks about his struggles with depression and how Art therapy has helped him.I found his story amazing, love his art work and future dreams.

To read his story click here

*Josh Yeldham- Artist 

Between 2017-16 I was faced with more life and death moments.I became inspired by Australian artist Josh Yeldham, during an interview on ABC “One Plus One".

Josh’s stories of how he used art and creativity to support, heal and transform the many challenging life situations he faced as a young boy, adult and in his marriage, is the juice that I also cling onto.

“Art is not just about putting art in galleries. You make it because you require some kind of positivity in your life. It’s an outlet to try to benefit yourself. That’s the beauty of art, it’s accessible to all of us.”he states.

To read more of his inspirational story, click here.

Please click the following  links to view my profiles 

1. ACA- Australian Counselling Association

2. ANZACATA-Australian, NZ and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association

3. Arts Atlas

Choosing Art or Sandplay Therapy could transform your life.
Open a new door and experience the power of these creative therapies?

Contact me on 0409 954 703 or
email drawingwithin@yahoo.com.au

ABN-54 369 361 164
I would love to hear from you.

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