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 Diana Rebuffo

Diana Rebuffo

Mobile 0422 470 402
Clinical Social Worker, 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 talk therapies, however my preference is for the expressive therapies such as Sandplay Therapy. I work with clients at the level of mind-body felt experiences, going beyond intellectual processes to a much deeper level with individual young adults, adolescents and children,


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

RISE AND SHINE COUNSELING & PLAY THERAPY provides psychotherapies to individual young adults aged under 24 years, pre teens and adolescents, and children's play therapy for children aged between 3 to 10 years of age. Whilst talk therapies such as ACT, DBT, CBT can be offered in full or in combination with other approaches, essentially talk therapy occurs with MINDFULNESS during WALK AND TALK sessions on a nearby bush track or community walking path. Rise and Shine Counselling primarily practices Sandplay Therapy for adults, adolescents and pre-teens, Expressive Therapies for any ages, and the very specific mind-body focused guided drawing approach for adults, adolescents and pre-teens. Mobile/outreach counselling and play therapy available

Areas of Special Interest

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

    ACT, CBT, Creative Arts Therapy, DBT, 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 P.D.


    Initially working as a school counsellor in 2012, I then progressed to specialist child & adolescent Family Violence and Homelessness Counsellor working with young people and supporting their carers/parents. I am currently in this same role where I also facilitate groupwork programs.

    In summary
    I have exceeded 3,400 individual counselling sessions
    Faciliated over 40 groupwork programs inc Seasons For Growth, Tree of Life, ACT art therapy, DBT, Mums & Bubs groups
    Outreach counselling to 27 learning centres

    I have undertaken additional studies in sensorimotor psychotherapy approaches eg Sandplay Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Guided Drawing to safely, appropriately and effectively support adults and children in their healing journey.


    One appointment per evening at this stage:
    Monday to Thursday at 5:45 pm (or slightly later as per prior arrangement).

    Friday evening and Saturday morning appointments at an additional cost

    Transport and Parking

    Free parking is available on the street directly outside.
    The premises is located on the corner of a quiet suburban street and court.
    The premises is unsigned with rear door access thus assisting with discretion and confidentiality


    $120 per session
    Session length is 50 mins adults/adolescents and 30-45 mins for children
    Available April 2020 Medicare rebates available for up to 10 sessions per year if referred by GP.
    Mobile counselling & Play Therapy & group work additional fees

    Payment Options

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


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    Diana Rebuffo

    Clinical Social Worker, 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 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, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed