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Mr Max Rutherford

Mr Max Rutherford

Mobile 0402 303 730
Psychotherapist, Psychologist

Max Rutherford

Mobile 0402 303 730

In line with the evidence (Wampold, 2015), mine is 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 why they do and feel the things that they do. The better we understand ourselves, the more free we will be 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, Family Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Assessment, Coaching / Mentoring, Online Video Consultations 
  • Therapy may be brief, or long term, as appropriate.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Burnout, Creativity, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Insomnia, Life Threatening Illness, Pain / Rehabilitation, Relationship Issues, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Existential, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Meditation, 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 Psychological Society I am bound by that organizations 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 on medicare. Patients with private health insurance may be able to obtain a refund

    Payment Options

    Sessions may be 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 influenced me most are existential psychotherapy (as exemplified by the words of Irvin Yalom and Buddhist Philosophy / Psychology.
    • 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 then 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 only one sessions, at other times it may take 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?

    • It's not for me to say - better ask my family and friends?
    • 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 get to know what's in their hearts and minds. I have learned more about therapy and about life from my patients than from any other sources 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?

    • Wanting things to be other than the way they are, wanting ourselves to be other than the way we are, and wanting other people to be other than the way they are!
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I have always admired the work of Leo Tolstoy and more specifically his novel Anna Karenin but I don't think 'any' of the films really do justice to the full scope of the novel. I am a great admirer of the writings of Eric Fromm, Irvin Yalom and Neville Symington. I love the English dancer of Bangladeshi descent Ajram Khan. I love the film Bombay Wedding. I also, for my sins, like Science Fiction. More when I have time.
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    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 diverse issues. My approach is feedback oriented approach. That is, every aspect of therapy is negotiated and discussed to ensure we remain on track....

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