Loading, please wait
 Diana Rebuffo

Diana Rebuffo

Mobile 0422 470 402
Social Worker AMHSW, Play Therapist

Rise and Shine Counselling & Play Therapy

Mobile 0422 470 402

I am Wodonga's only qualified and experienced Children's Play Therapist at the moment. I'm also certified in multiple talk therapies, however my preference is for the expressive therapies such as Sandplay Therapy and Guided Drawing. Working with mind-body felt experiences we are able to surpass intellectual processes and go to a deeper subconscious level. EMDR therapy has also been added to the suite of psychotherapies I am able to assist clients with.


  • Ballara Drive, West Wodonga, VIC 3690 0422 470 402 PHONE 0422 470 402


  • Counselling, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • RISE AND SHINE COUNSELING & PLAY THERAPY provides zoom, phone, skype sessions. As an NDIS sole trader, counselling is provided to self managed and plan managed packages. This fresh, innovative service provides psychotherapies to all age groups. Play Therapy for adults, teens, and children aged between 3 to 10 years of age. Children's Counselling for over 11s. There's talk therapies such as ACT, DBT, CBT. There's MINDFULNESS delivered through WALK AND TALK sessions on a nearby bush track or community walking path. Shortly EMDR will be offered via zoom. Rise and Shine Counselling specialises in Sandplay Therapy and Guided Drawing for adults, adolescents and pre-teens

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Migrant Issues, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Social Skills, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Violence, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Creative Arts Therapy, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed

    Person Centred Approach
    Strengths Based Approach
    Solutions Focused Approach
    Child Centred Play Therapy and multi dimensional play therapy
    Acceptance and Committment Therapy
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


    • Bachelor of Human Services - La Trobe University
    • Masters of Social Work - La Trobe University
    • Advanced Clinical Children's Play Therapist - Play Therapy Australia
    • Sandplay Therapist - Expressives Institute of Australia
    • Expressive Therapist - Expressives Institute of Australia

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers

    Quality Provision

    Qualified and registered social worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers and working towards accreditation as mental health social worker for the purpose of becoming registered as a Medicare service provider.
    Qualified and registered provisional Play Therapist with Australian Play Therapy Association.
    Working With Children's Check and VIC Police Check
    I adhere to the professional and ethical standards as set out by the AASW, receive regular supervision and attend regular PD


    Initially starting as a school counsellor in 2012, I then progressed to specialist child & adolescent Family Violence and Homelessness Counsellor. I'm now in an adult family violence counselling role funded by Australian Childhood Foundation.

    In summary
    I've exceeded 3,400 individual counselling sessions
    facilitated over 40 groupwork programs eg Seasons For Growth, Tree of Life, DBT, ACT art therapy groups, mums & bubs, parent & child attachments
    designed several group work programs
    outreached to 27 learning centres

    I've undertaken additional studies in sensorimotor psychotherapy approaches eg Sandplay Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Guided Drawing, EMDR to safely, appropriately and effectively support clients in their recovery journey.


    One appointment per evening at this stage:
    Monday to Thursday at 5:45 pm
    Friday evening and Saturday morning appointments at an additional cost

    Transport and Parking

    Free on-street parking
    The premises is located on a quiet suburban street
    The premises is unsigned with rear door access thus assisting with discretion and confidentiality


    $120 per session
    Session length 50 mins adults/adolescents and 30-45 mins for children
    Available May 2020 Medicare rebates for up to 10 sessions per year with a mental health plan by GP.

    Payment Options

    Full pre payment at time of making an appointment through on-line direct payment/deposit.
    48 hours notice cancellation policy.


  • English
  • Italian

  • Profile Cover
    Terms of Use Privacy Policy Disclaimer Back To Search Results

    10 Questions with Diana Rebuffo

    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Person Centred Approach and Strengths Based Approach
    Terms of Use Privacy Policy Disclaimer | Back To Search Results
     Diana Rebuffo

    Diana Rebuffo

    Social Worker AMHSW, Play Therapist

    Central to my work is a belief that each person has their own resources that serve as foundations for recovery. Fundamentally, clients need to feel safe, validated and empowered to work toward change and the development of new positive habits and strategies. I apply a somatic / sensorimotor / mind-body-feeling focus throughout the therapeutic process. I am able to hold the hard stories and big feelings and feel privileged to competently and safely companion clients along their healing journey. ...

    • West Wodonga
    • ACT, CBT, Creative Arts Therapy, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed