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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, individualized (based on case formulation not diagnosis); strength based; and goal oriented. Through the primary intervention of attentive listening my aim is to help you to know who they are, and why they do and feel the things you do. For the better we understand ourselves the more free we will be to live a life more closely aligned to our beliefs values and aspirations.


  • North Melbourne, East Melbourne, Eltham, Melbourne, Melbourne VIC 3000 0402 303 730 PHONE 0402 303 730


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Assessment, Coaching / Mentoring, Skype 
  • I am equally comfortable working with individuals and couples.

    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 Crisis, 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 (based on case formulation not diagnosis) 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 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.


    I have over 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.


    By arrangement

    Transport and Parking

    Easy access to parking and public transport


    According to means (range $120 to $175)

    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?

    • I have always been interested in the mind and in spirituality
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • The philosophical approaches that have influenced me most are psychodynamic psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, and Buddhist Psychology as developed in the West by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
    • 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 whatever the patient brings ... and then work from there. I also used a feedback oriented approach as found elsewhere in my profile
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • When they become more in touch with the sources of their own motivations and behaviours
    • 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 hear peoples amazing stories and to enjoy the privilege of knowing them as they truly are.
    • 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 ((Wampold, 2015). In other words, every aspect of therapy is negotiated and discussed on a regular basis to ensure we remain on track....

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