Mon - Thurs: 5:45 pm


ABN 93628637457

Practice Principal 

Diana Rebuffo

Children's Counsellor

Adult and Adolescent Counsellor


Ballara Drive

West Wodonga Vic 3690

(full address available upon enquiry)

        Rise and Shine Counselling & Play Therapy



                                                               0422 470 402

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About Me

"People start to heal the moment they feel heard"

Cheryl Richardson

Background and Experience

Other than launching Rise and Shine Counselling & Play Therapy Wodonga and completing a sensorimotor (mind-body) art therapy approach Healing Trauma through Guided Drawing recently,  I'm currently working towards accreditation with the AASW as a Mental Health Social Worker.

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

For a comprehensive understanding of these credentials, please refer to the Australian Association of Social work and the Australian Association of Play Therapy:-

I'm also counselling children and adolescents at a Wodonga agency as a Family Violence and Homelessness Counsellor receiving referrals from the Department of Health and Human Services (Child Protection), Centre Against Violence, community family services, schools, kindergartens, pediatricians, psychologists, mandated Court orders, and self referrals.

I have clocked up 8 years working full-time as a child and adolescent counsellor. In this time I have:-

  • exceeded 3,400 counselling sessions

  • planned and facilitated over 40 groups

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

       Wangaratta, 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

  • made recommendations to parents and teachers

  • and received consistent, monthly clinical supervision from specialists in their respective fields


​I recently started in a new role as an  Adult Family Violence Counsellor in Wodonga which is funded by the Australian Childhood Foundation and I'm working collaboratively with the local ACF team. 

I'm looking forward to starting EMDR training in February 2020.

Synergetic Play Therapy and also Filial Therapy are planned for the near future.

I will commence applications to become registered service provider.

This is likely to be approved approximately April 2020. 

Medicare, EAP, NDIS
Areas of Expertise

Children & Teens:


My expertise is in working with children. 


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. Psychotherapies such as Sandplay Therapy, Guided Drawing, and Walk & Talk Therapy are available, as are groupwork programs. 

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

Child Adolescent Counselling Wodonga

True healing occurs when you give permission to feel whatever feelings below the triggers. Author unknown