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Mr Max Rutherford

Mr Max Rutherford

Mobile 0402 303 730
Psychotherapist, Psychologist

Max Rutherford

Mobile 0402 303 730

I use a feedback oriented approach which is collaborative, individualised (based on case formulation not diagnosis); strength based; and goal oriented. Through the primary intervention of attentive listening my aim is to help people to know who they are and figure out why they do and feel the things that they do. The better we understand ourselves, the freer we are to live a life that's more closely aligned to our beliefs values and aspirations.


  • Macleod Wellness Centre, 2/26 Aberdeen Road, Macleod, VIC 3085 03 9459 0603 PHONE 03 9459 0603
  • Australian Prostate Centre, Level 8, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051 PHONE 0402 303 730 0402 303 730


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Assessment, Coaching / Mentoring, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Therapy may be brief or long term.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • ADD / ADHD, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Burnout, Cancer Support, Creativity, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Insomnia, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Mediation, Pain / Rehabilitation, Performance Anxiety, Psychosomatic, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Conversational Model, Existential, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Systems Theory

    My approach is respectful, non pathologizing, strength based, individualised, collaborative and feedback oriented.


    • B Sc (Hons) Psychology (London University) - 1996
    • Post Grad Dip Counselling Psych (City Uni, London) - 2000
    • MA Couple & Family Therapy (UNSW) - 2003

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Psychologists Inc
    • Australian Psychological Society
    • British Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    As a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists I am bound by that organisations code of conduct. I receive regular clinical supervision in addition to on-going personal and professional development.


    Twenty five years experience working with individuals, couples and families in private practice and as an employee in a range of public and private organizations including The Sacred Heart Hospice (Sydney), Sydney Pain Management, Relationships Australia, International People Services, The University of New South Wales (student counselling service), The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Australia Prostate Centre.


    By arrangement

    Transport and Parking

    Easy access to parking and public transport


    Patients referred by a GP may claim a Medicare Rebate for a percentage of the fee. Patients with private health insurance may also be able to obtain a refund.

    Payment Options

    Sessions may be partially covered by Medicare and/or Private Insurance

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    10 Questions with Max Rutherford

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • From an early age I have been interested in science, the arts, literature, philosophy and the nature of reality. My interest in psychotherapy grew naturally from these earlier preoccupations.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • The philosophical approaches that have most influenced me are: The Conversational Model of Russell Meares; Existential Psychotherapy (Irvin Yalom, Robert Miller), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Adam Phillips, Christopher Bollas, Neville Symington), Neuro-Psychoanalysis (Mark Solms).

      My work is also grounded in over thirty years worth of practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I have a particular interest in how people accommodate to the challenge of chronic illness.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I try to listen to, and understand, as best I can, whatever the patient brings ... and I work from there.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Progress in therapy is dependent upon the patients willingness to get in touch with the fundamental sources of their own motivations and behaviors. The first task is to understand who we are and what's happening in our lives. After that the task is to figure out what what has to change in order to move forward with whatever issues brought us to therapy in the first place. There are no universal formula's for how to do this. No two patients are the same. No two therapists are the same. Each process of therapy has to evolve in its own way towards it's own unique conclusion. Sometimes this can happen in a single session. Sometimes it takes much longer. The important things is for each party to keep checking in with the other to ensure that the process stays on track.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I hope so but it's not for me to say
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • In my role as a therapist I get to know people in a very profound way and it's a privilege to learn what's in their hearts and minds. I have learned more about therapy and about life from my patients than from any other source and what's wonderful about this work is that every patient teaches me something valuable and new.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • I don't have much hair but metaphorically I do!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Social isolation and the loss of community
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I have been influenced by so many people and experiences that it's hard to come up with particular examples without skewing the impression they might leave.
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    Mr Max Rutherford

    Max Rutherford

    Psychotherapist, Psychologist

    Therapy is an intimate experience which typically occurs during periods of great vulnerability. I value a solid collaborative relationship and an approach which involves deep listening. I have 25 years worth of clinical experience treating patients presenting with a range of diverse issues. Mine is feedback oriented approach wherein every aspect of therapy is negotiated and discussed to ensure that we remain on track....

    • Macleod, North Melbourne
    • ACT, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Conversational Model, Existential, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Systems Theory