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About Us

Background and Experience

In my other role as a full time Family Violence and Homelessness counsellor I work with referrals from the Department of Health and Human Services (Child Protection), Centre Against Violence, community health and family services, schools, kindergartens, pediatricians, psychologists, Family Court Order clients, and self referrals.

As of January 2021 I have started into my 10th year of working full-time as a counsellor. In this time I have :-

  • exceeded 3,600 counselling sessions

  • designed several group work programs

  • facilitated over 40 groups

  • outreached to 29 learning centres throughout Wodonga and surrounding regions including Benalla,

       Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Chiltern, Wahgunyah, Mt. Beauty, Harrietville​ , Albury and Gerogery NSW.

  • consulted with countless parents, teachers and other professionals

  • consulted with Independent Children's Lawyers

  • provided advocacy, referrals, and support letters

  • provided recommendations to parents and teachers

  • and am continuing to receive consistent clinical supervision from specialists in their respective fields

 

I am an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with Australian Association of Social Workers. 

I'm also working towards my clinical membership and registration as a Play Therapist.

For a comprehensive understanding of these non-mandatory memberships:-

 

  • Healing Trauma through Guided Drawing with Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy & School for Initiatic Art Therapy

  • Popping Bubbles Parent-Child Group work facilitator training with the Australian Childhood Foundation.

  • Levels 1 &  2 (Adult, Adolescent & Child) EMDR therapy with Dr. Sarah Schubert/ Dr. Christopher Lee through Psychology Training. 

  • ACT Therapy for Trauma, for Grief and Loss, for Shame and Guilt with Dr. Russ Harris

  • As a registered service provider with Medicare, clients with a mental health plan from their GP can currently receive twenty subsidized sessions. In most instances there is a gap to pay. 

  • As an independent trader I am able to provide NDIS counselling for clients who are self managed, plan managed or have a combination of both.

  • Registered with five national Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  service agencies. 

Medicare, EAP, NDIS
Recent Professional Development
Areas of Expertise
  • Children & Tweens

 

My expertise is in working with children with expertise in the areas of anxiety, fear of storms, friendship issues, low self esteem, low social skills, nightmares, post separation, family violence, abuse and grief counselling.

 

With children I work around areas of developmental change, puberty, growing up, developing a secure sense of identity and working with family and other significant relationships. I often focus on building resilience and self-esteem as a way of tackling not only issues young people are currently facing, but also enabling them to manage tough times in the future.


Feedback from parents and children consistently comes back that I have outstanding  rapport building skills. Young people quickly become at ease and enjoy coming to counselling. 

 

I can make children's sessions fun AND effective. I help them to understand what’s happening and why they’re reacting to the situation that is causing them difficulty. I teach them practical coping skills for managing the things they can’t change. I ensure that parents know what’s happening in the counselling room (and more if consent is provided by the child) and also help parents with things they can do at home to help their child. A happier child is a happier parent.

  • Young Adults - 18 to 25 years

Diana Rebuffo

Areas of Special Interest
  • Advocacy

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Difficulties with Self Esteem

  • Family Violence

  • Life Transitions

  • Pre Separation Contemplation

  • Post Separation  Adjustment

  • Coping through Family Court proceedings

  • Embarking on a new relationship 

  • Re-authoring Self Identity

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • School Issues

  • Self Care and Relaxation 

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Struggling as an adult or sibling carer

  • Parenting support

  • ​Managing anger and other difficult emotions 

"Trauma victims cannot recover until they become familiar with and befriend the sensations in their bodies. I begin the process by helping my patients to first notice physical sensations - not emotions”. 

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist

0422 470 402

Ballara Drive, West Wodonga, VIC 3690

(full address available upon enquiry)

Rise and Shine Counselling & Play Therapy

ABN 93628637457

Diana Rebuffo bhs msw

Practice Principal

Children's Counsellor

Adult and Adolescent Counsellor

Appointments

Mon - Thurs: 5:45 pm

Tuesday from 9:00 am

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