About Me

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.

Quickly approaching my ninth year of working full-time as a counsellor I have:-

  • exceeded 3,550 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

  • liaised with Independent Children's Lawyers

  • provided advocacy, referrals, and support letters

  • provided recommendations to parents and teachers

  • and continued 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

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

  • Levels 1 &  2 in 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

I'm looking forward to undertaking further studies in the near future. 

  • 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. 

  • 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 post separation,  family violence, abuse and grief & loss 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 24 years

I have an emerging interest in the wellbeing of young adults. Understandably it is a period of significant transition. 

Areas of Special Interest
  • Advocacy

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Difficulties with Self Esteem

  • Family Violence

  • Life Transitions

  • Pre Separation Contemplation

  • Post Separation  Adjustment

  • Coping with 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 with the challenges of becoming primary carer for ageing parent/s

  • 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

ABN 93628637457


Mon - Thurs: 5:45 pm


Practice Principal 

Diana Rebuffo bhs msw

Children's Counsellor

Adult and Adolescent Counsellor


Ballara Drive

West Wodonga Vic 3690

(full address available upon enquiry)

        Rise and Shine Counselling & Play Therapy




       riseandshinecounselling1@gmail.com                                                             0422 470 402

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