Drawing Within Art Therapy & Counselling Services

Marie Bajada
0409 954 703
Ballarat, Grampians -Victoria

Services Offered

One on One Therapeutic Consultations for Adults

    • Offering Therapeutic Creative Arts Therapies including Sandplay

2018 Community Expressive Arts Group for Adults  

As part of my Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice practicum @ the MIECAT Institute, I facilitated YOU TIME -a Community Arts & Well-being group at a local Ballarat Primary school.

Target Audience
Parents past and present, Grandparents, Guardians, Carers of children @the school 
• Wider Community members and folk from neighbouring Ballarat towns
• Anyone who loved being arty or creative
• Child free, so adults were able to have some “You Time

What will we did each week?
• Unwound at the end of the week
• All kinds of creative work, had fun experimenting with lots of different art forms
as a way of enhancing personal well- being
• Mindfulness/Relaxation, chatted, made new friends, shared morning tea
• Went on monthly creative excursions around Ballarat to awaken our senses to creativity
First sensory excursion was the 23.3.18 and was held at Ballarat Botanical gardens, where we sat in the presence of the ancient Sequioas-( redwoods) and drew and reflected.

Some Feedback

Hi Marie, just wanted to let you know how much I found today’s session such a great experience.
I’m really looking forward to OUR TIME and exploring lots of Art. Also sharing the experience with such nice people.
Have a good week T- 23.2.18

• Your sessions have reminded me to take some time for myself and tonight the kids and I watched the changing colours of the sunset. So thankyou.- MW 8.3.18

Ageing Gracefully

    • Creative expression through art therapy promotes healthy ageing, improves mental health and prevention of depression.
    • It is important to give people with dementia new opportunities to be creative and try new skills. Learning can take place in a nurturing environment.
      When one engages with the arts, mind, body and spirit are connected.

Why the Ageing Gracefully Art Therapy Program works.

This person centred, holistic approach to care, provides creative expression for aged residents in residential care who:

    • May find it difficult to express themselves through words
    • Already have an interest in art or being creative
    • Need the chance to relax, feel calmer, more centred if they can be creative in small groups.


Close to the Bone, Cancer Support

Group work supporting both survivors and carers who have walked the journey with cancer.

    • Opportunities to share with others who have gone through the same experiences
    • Time out just to be:renew, recuperate, regenerate

Clients with ABI( Acquired Brain Injury) or complex needs

    • Personal one on one consultations taken at the client's pace,facilitate the most growth for these clients
    • Encouraging them to express their buried or unexpressed feelings, through art modalities that they are interested in experimenting with.

Dream Group

Are You Curious About What Your Dreams Mean? If so, you may like to join a weekly dream group which runs for 5 weeks at a time.Everyone can participate and share their dreams in a safe, supportive and friendly environment.

The psyche meets us in our dreams, speaking in the language of symbols and metaphors.Its messages offer constructive insights into our waking life, if we but tune in.

Mandalas/ Mask Workshops/ Intensive days

Mask Making -explore the different faces and roles that make up who we are and who we would like to be.

Mandala is the Sanskrit word for sacred circle. Inside the safety of a Mandala ,where you draw within the boundary,one can create a repetitive design. It can be a tool for meditation, therapy or to while away time.

Mandalas draw you within, they have a calming and centring effect on whoever does them. After the Mandala is completed, the finished work becomes an instrument for further reflection.
It is an ideal way to combine a love of colour and symbol ,with much needed quiet time in our hectic world.

Women's groups- Refugee or family violence survivors

Presentations, talks and demonstrations on Art therapy to agencies,health and medical providers

Team building and Professional Development days which provide relaxation,problem solving, opportunities to be creative with co-workers.

Clinical Supervision for Counsellors & Professionals in the Education ,Welfare and the helping sectors

I am a registered professional Supervisor with the Australian Counselling Association- College of Professional Counselling Supervisors and have met the following annual requirements:

    • Level 4 ACA Member.
    • Completed ACA Accredited Clinical Supervision Training Course.
    • Completes 25 Points of ACA approved Ongoing Professional Development per annum of which a minimum of 10 hours must be directly related to Supervision.

I provide supervision to Counsellors, Art Therapists, Sandplay Therapists, Teachers and Case Managers including trainee and beginner counsellors. I work hard to build a supervisory alliance between myself and my supervisees, which is grounded in honesty, trust, openness and professionalism. I provide safety and support for my supervisees and am comfortable with any strong emotions they may have. My ability to be totally present makes my supervision sessions very affirming and nuturing .

As a counsellor/art therapist and supervisor myself,I fully understand the issues which counsellors and art therapists face, who live and work in regional and rural cities of Victoria, or other states of Australia. These may include:

    • Isolation,
    • Travelling long distances for professional development 
    • The pitfalls of solo practitioners without peer support

With this in mind I offer an empathic approach to all my supervisees, especially those who are starting out and may be daunted by all the ethical and legal responsibilities practitioners must abide by, or supervisees who just want to touch base about a challenging client.

My goals for a supervision session are to:

    • Listen to my supervisee’s needs
    • Provide creative means such as art therapy techniques and processes to help supervisees explore and set goals
    • Encourage self-reflection
    • Give constructive feedback
    • Build confidence and trust in the supervision bond which then transfers to the counsellor /client relationship of the supervisee.
    • Please note my services are for supervision sessions only, not to train you in art therapy processes.If you are really interested in Art therapy, I suggest you do some formal study and experiential training, to acquire the necessary skills at either the Miecat Institute, Latrobe university or IKON.

I offer I hour face to face, phone and Zoom Supervision, plus 2hr group sessions.
I provide written authorisation of supervision hours for annual registration with ACA.
Fees are negotiable



Feedback from parent of adult client with disabilities after 2 years of 1-1 sessions

    • "In reference to the calm, sandy image I collaged- this represents the calm, peaceful, beautiful space we enjoy when K chooses to be in this space.Thankyou Marie for encouraging this in our daughter.Gratitude for the beauty that can grow out of the cracks".

2017-Identity and Mask Workshop 12.2.17

    • "Thankyou very much for the freedom to create and the opportunity to share.I left feeling better than when I walked in the door".HB
    • "I always find I enjoy, grow and gain insights from your workshops"- LP

Sacred Hearts workshop

• I had some very positive feedback from my therapist about the outcomes of the Sacred Hearts workshop. It really showed both of us that I'm in a stronger place than I was a year ago. There is always work to do and I think that art is such a great and insightful medium. In the past, I had the impression before that my psychologist was not entirely convinced about art therapy. I think showing him the evidence helped him to change his mind. He was really blown away. AH 29.2.16

Drawing Outside the Lines PD Workshop 19.3.16

• “Thankyou for your support and leadership”-IE 19.3.16
• “The power and variety of modalities supplied and the depth of insight gained. The allowing to go where it took me”- SD 19.3.16

Estrangement PD workshop 29.3.16
• “My first sand tray experiences and the opportunity to journal, were what I liked most in this workshop. Also the Balloon ritual enabled me to let go of many things that I would never have thought were connected, but were.
Thank you too for the supervision, validation and your insight. I had a magic day. ”HB 29. 5.16
• “The sequence of the activities flowed well and successfully facilitated the experiential process. Excellent and rewarding Marie!” ”VW 29.5.16

•“Fantastic workshop, the supervision was powerful and informative. Great time keeping.” SD 16.5.15 Feet and Self-Image workshop and Supervision
• “Another beautiful, insightful workshop, can’t wait for the next one. Thankyou.” -AM 18.7.15 Exploring the Void workshop and Supervision
• “I am absolutely delighted to have attended the Gratitude workshop and acquired more than I had expected, especially experiencing the power of art in highlighting issues in my life which need addressing, nurtured and honoured.
The workshop has had a wonderful impact on my thinking this past week, especially of course gratitude. It is not until one is back into life that the true value of its content is evident and appreciated.” CR 22.8.15 Mandalas of gratitude PD and Supervision workshop
• “I enjoyed the realness of the workshop and being part of a like- minded group who were professional and non-judgemental. Thank you for your openness and willingness in your support and making me feel at ease. ” LP 21.11.15 Nature Mandalas – Reflection of Personal & Professional Growth during 2015

Feedback Open Studio & Supervision PD workshop 23.11.14
What did you like most about the workshop.?

• "The connection between all women. The open hearted honesty created by Marie. The chance to be creative, held and lead. Hearing other’s stories and insight".- SP
• "Wise women being together, confidently sharing our experiences. Lovely sacred space in a lovely outer space, lucky women I’d say".-BB
• "The opportunity to reflect, share and have new creative experiences. Beautiful energy, well facilitated, fun, beautifully held space"- AM
• "The structure gave me more insight into timing when running a workshop. The whole workshop was quality, I gained and had confirmed lots of knowledge. The sharing and creativity was marvellous. It felt like everyone was heard and all contributed in a deep and knowledgeable way. Thank you so much for your presence, intuition and knowledge. Marvellous venue, space and allowing connection to take place."- SD

1-1 Session

"Marie thank you so much. I found your art therapy classes very up lifting and a wonderful experience. Insightful and at times confronting but I would highly recommend it to anyone who has the courage to look within themselves.
It is a truly wonderful experience.May you always be protected by light of love." O.N. Aug 2014

Supervision 1-1

" I wanted to be supervised at a quality level and I have found this with you,
thankyou. I think we will be travelling quite a journey on this supervision road."TE Oct 2014

“I feel stronger and am beginning to take more control of my life. Thankyou Marie for listening respectfully and responding with understanding”.
1-1 Sandplay Therapy sessions LM-13.2.13

“Marie, thank you for the experience of the art therapy sessions, they were life changing. I felt like they helped me tune into more things I was unaware of and am now starting to shine my light again. Circumstances made me disbelieve myself, but now things I want to happen in my life are happening to me.” 1-1 Art therapy sessions- HB Dec 2011

“Marie I was so impressed by what you did. I will definitely keep you in mind when it comes to continuing this program. Just to tell you there may be some money to do this in the future and also to add a story telling component in an artistic fashion”.
Christine Reupert -Project Officer. Ballarat Community Health –
Sudanese Women’s Workshop- Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies-19.5.2011

“How liberating! To express myself with colour and collage is a new experience. If I can do this, I can do anything”.
SW. Sacred Hearts workshop 14.2.2010

“I really enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to sit in autumn, have my senses opened to nature and really see things. The group activities were great and I felt safe and comfortable to share and not feel judged. Thank you for leading us through an amazing journey of self-discovery”
SE. Autumn Seasons of the Soul Workshop 11.4.10

Drawing Within Art Therapy & Counselling Services-

Nominated for 2010 CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence awards :

* Enterprise Small Business award

* United Way Ballarat Health and Well-being Award

* Wilsons Fruit and Vegetables-Customer Service Award            

Contact and More Information

Choosing Art or Sandplay Therapy could transform your life.

If you are a therapist, case manager or professional who needs mentoring or supervising, why not choose a supervisor like myself?
I will actively encourage you to creatively explore cases and issues using figurines or art modalities to elicit new meaning to your work.
Now is the time to experience the power of these creative therapies.

Contact me on 0409 954 703 to make an appointment,I would love to hear from you.

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