Drawing Within Art Therapy & Counselling Services

Marie Bajada
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Ballarat 3350
0409 954 703
Ballarat, Grampians -Victoria

Art Therapy for children and young people





Services Offered

One on One Consultations for both children and young people.
Online sessions are available via Zoom and Face to face.                                              While COVID is still in place or restrictions return, I adhere to health protocols of masks, physical distancing and only offering Art materials which I can disinfect.I was very flexible and adaptable in 2020 and can discuss with you what we need to do to make sessions work. 

Art Therapy is available using a variety of different mediums or Sandplay therapy which provides the sensory opportunity to explore issues using sand and figurines.
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Group Art Therapy 4 Kids and Teens/Young people

I am available to facilitate the following programs:

(a) Kreative Kidz
An Expressive Art Therapy program promoting emotional and mental well-being in primary school aged children. Key features are building safety and trust in relationships.
The program encourages children to:

  • Have fun with new friends
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Freely explore their creative potential without any rights or wrongs,
  • Acknowledge hidden gifts and talents
  • Develop their emotional literacy skills by learning the names of emotions they are experiencing and recognising how these show up in their bodies
  • Express feelings in a safe space

(b) Group Art Therapy-Time 4 Teens

  • Teens can choose their own intention/ theme & then freely create art of their choice, using different art modalities- painting, drawing, clay, sewing, collage, sandtray or other media and then share in a group. The sharing is optional till they all feel safe and trust is developed. I encourage participation and witnessing each other’s art making and stories.

Both Kreative Kids and Time 4 Teens are not Art classes but Expressive Arts. Children and young people have the opportunity to express and make meaning of what's important to them in the moment.

No experience of Art is required.The groups are about the process of making Art and being creative and imaginative.We don't compare, interpret or judge each others work, but rather act curiously and offer encouragement and perserverance.

To maximise the benefits for all kids and young people, there is a minimum number of 6 per group for 1.5-2 hour blocks for at least 4-6 weeks.Fees, venue, dates and times can be negotiated with myself through funding bodies.

School based or auspiced Welfare Agency group programs in Art Therapy or Well-being
The content of these will be driven by the needs of the child /teen client group, through referral from well-being officers, school counsellors, principals,case managers. 

Give me a call if you would like me to facilitate a group for you.

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Testimonials

2019                                                                                                                                                Many thanks for the sparkle and positivity you've added to Invermay Primary school over the last 5 years.You've made a real difference for so many of our students and staff across your many volunteer roles.                                                                                        Justin Marshman Principal

Marie Thanks for your beautiful compassion, commitment and support you have given students, staff and me.                                                                                                          Cath Well-being coordinator

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2017
"Hippy Art Stuff"- but 12 year old client AT loved it

I can’t believe this was me
Cool
That was fun
I still have the box
I had fun sewing that
Relaxing
I loved that
That was fun

13x 1-1 sessions Kinship Care

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2016
• 1-1 sessions
“During my art therapy sessions, my favourites were making stories in the sandtray, walking in your garden, choosing flowers and then collaging them. It was cool to express my feelings and I enjoyed making a tiger with clay and listening to “ROAR” from Katie Perry. I did feel like a champion. I wish I could do more sessions.”
14 year old client with Cystic Fibrosis


2015
1-1 sessions 14 year old female
• "My client has found the sessions extremely beneficial and both her Nan (primary carer) and the school staff have seen a noticeable positive change in her mood and attitude since the art therapy sessions begun. Prior to these sessions, if she was feeling upset, frustrated or angry she would tend to withdraw and was unable to communicate these feelings. Although it is a slow process, my client now appears able to identify how she is feeling and use strategies and tools learnt through the art therapy sessions to assist her to cope with these feelings. As well as this she loves art and it seems that allowing her a space to develop these skills has increased her overall confidence and wellbeing." Julia Coulthurst Social Worker Mirabel Foundation Dec 2015
(Mirabel assists children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family (kinship care).


2014
What do you like best about coming to Kreative Kids?

• "Doing Art, making clay, doing the sandtray, playing with all the art stuff"- MW
• "Creating things with pastels"- CMG
• "Doing outside things in the garden with the flowers and making our own play dough"- ALM
• "Creating all different pictures using all kinds of flowers in the garden"-EMG
• "Making the car from boxes"- PW
• "Doing a story with clay and making my car"-BMW
• "Doing clay, getting praise at end, making our own play dough"- KLM
• “I’m in Clay Heaven"-AM


2013
"Marie I think you’re fantastic, your understanding and empathy build trust.”
-Mother of 6 yr old after 5 x 1-1 Sandplay Therapy sessions.


2012
“Sandplay Therapy has made me stronger in school and with my family. It has really helped me and to showed me the path to awesome me!Thank you for all your help and support.”
-TS 13yrs

“Marie thankyou for your help with my son over the past 2 terms”. Since he has been coming to you he has gained lots of confidence and is not such a stressed and nervous child.”
Mother NR for 6 yr old son.Kreative Kidz


Contact and More Information

Children naturally gravitate to play and creativity.

Teens too love the freedom to create meaningful art connected to their lives.

Choosing Creative Arts Therapy for your child or teen could be the best decision you make as a parent in supporting their mental health and well being.
Contact me on 0409 954 703 or email drawingwithin@yahoo.com.au
I would love to hear from you.

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