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Marie Bajada

Drawing Within Art Therapy and Counselling Services

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Hello and welcome. Have you given up on retelling your story and your issues over and over and have no more words left? If so why not try Creative Arts therapy? Draw within to your inner unique place of images, symbols, memories and stories and allow these to support meaning making and insights for you.

Drawingwithin Art Therapy & Counselling Services

Servicing area

Ballarat, Grampians -Victoria

Focus areas

Purpose Professional supervision Sensorimotor art therapy Face to face Love Disability support

Hi I’m Marie Bajada, a registered, professional Creative Arts Therapist with ANZACATA, practising as a mental health practitioner. My work is underpinned by my Master's level university training in Art therapy, education studies, neuroscience and many years of experience.

I enjoy working with children, young people and adults across their life span. My services are available Australia wide online or Face to face in the Ballarat, Grampians regions and Moorabool shire of western Victoria.

There are many wonderful benefits of using Creative Arts to help you express, explore and unpack difficult experiences or life issues and gain new insights, meaning and healing for yourself. Creativity is in all of us and allowing it to have a voice, may help you find your voice in other areas of your life.

You do not need to be artistic to participate and cannot make a mistake in this work. I will companion you along the way, as you experiment and play with modalities of your choice.

Collaboratively we will carefully select art materials and processes in sequential steps to assist you to move towards your mental health and life goals. I will offer you many different art modalities as a means of exploring your story. These include:

  • Visual arts
  • 3D Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Movement
  • Digital media
  • Sandplay
  • Any other creative art form you may love

ANZACATA is the peak professional body for Art therapists in Australia, NZ and Asia. Please watch their video below explaining what Creative Arts therapy is and the work of Art Therapists.

Something about me

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.

Both an Arts project and artefact were components of my study requirements. So, despite being bed ridden, I turned to Creative Arts therapies as a vehicle for expressing my Journey of Vulnerability. This was done through digital media, where I documented the story of my brokenness and healing. My leg cast became my artefact, as I explored the Japanese art of Kintsugi and then created 7 Kintsugi Kings, who represented the faces of my community who supported me in this vulnerability.

Click here to see my Kintsugi Kings and 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

My qualifications are:

  • Masters in Therapeutic Creative Arts Practice
  • Post Graduate Diploma- Experiential Creative Arts Practice
  • Post graduate Certificate- Community Services- Case management and Assessment
  • B. Ed primary
  • Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy
  • Certificate of Professional Clinical Supervision- ACA recognised Supervisor training
  • Certificate in Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing-Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy
  • Certificate Sandplay Therapy
  • Certificate Anthroposophical Arts (Steiner)
  • Tree of life-Narrative Therapy training
  • MBSR-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

Memberships I belong to:

  • Professional member AThR with ANZACATA- Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association
  • Level 4 ACA member Australian Counselling Association, who has attained the following: 
    • Graduated from an ACA accredited/ approved Master of Counselling or equivalent @ AQF level 9
    • Completed a minimum 4 years post qualification supervised counselling practice
    • Completed a minimum 1000 supervised client contact hours
    • Completed a minimum of 100 hours of professional supervision 
    • In order to meet ACA and ANZACATA's annual registration process, I continue to meet my annual requirements of OPD-(Ongoing Professional development), CPD-( Continuing Professional Development) & 10 hours of supervision
  • ACA College of Supervisors
  • Registered member ARCAP -Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
  • Registered Member V.I.T. Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • Current Working With Children Check & National Police Check
  • NDIS worker’s Screening Check in progress
  • COVID 19- Infection Control Training

Networks I connect with:

  • Ballarat ACA Chapter group
  • MHPN- Mental Health Professional Network group
  • Loss and Grief Practitioners Association
  • MBSR - Ballarat Mindfulness Peer Support group


As a registered, professional Art Therapist with ANZACATA, I am available to offer Art therapy as Therapeutic Supports to NDIS participants, who are Plan-managed or are Self-managed. Please contact your NDIS Support Coordinator for more details or contact me directly.

News 2021

I would like to give a huge SHOUT OUT to Continuous Voices in Ballarat and their Exhibition "Out of the Darkness- A Survivor's Story" which will be showcased @ the Ballarat Art Gallery from May 1- Aug 1- 2021. ♥

Through the use of the Arts, the "Continuous Voices Community Arts Project is supporting and giving survivors and their families of institutionalised sexual abuse, a voice, and will culminate with a healing memorial in my regional city. I was deeply touched when I listened to Robert House- a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, talk about his involvement in this project and the power of Art in his life.

** Warning Content of the following video includes references to Sexual assault and abuse.If you need assistance with sexual assault or abuse contact 1800RESPECT or 1800 737 732

Please click to hear Robert talk about Continuous Voices and how Art transformed his life.

Other people who inspire me to keep bringing Art therapy and the Arts to the world are:

* Dane Beams- Retired AFL Footballer

I followed with great interest Dane's grief and loss journey of vulnerability when his father died and was moved by his authenticity and transparency in a sporting world, where often emotions such as grief, are rarely expressed.

His journey of finding Art therapy and his new found love for Art, slowing down and relaxation, are music to my ears.

Click to see his story using Art - 4 mins

*Josh Yeldham- Artist ♥

Josh Yeldham also inspires me. He is an Australian artist and during an interview on ABC's “One Plus One" he retells the 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 into his marriage. It 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 Creative Arts therapy could transform your life.
Open a new door and experience its power.

Contact me on 0409 954 703 or

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

Professional Membership

  • Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

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