Mark Rutherford is a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in South Florida. He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Florida State University. In 1997, Rutherford opened his private practice. The focus of his work began primarily in grief and loss. Over the years his practice evolved into a strong focus on marriage counseling and relationship issues as well. In 2002, he spent a year traveling to Washington DC to receive his training in Imago Therapy from some of the most respected therapists in the field. Rick Brown (author of “Imago Relationship Therapy” and featured on Oprah), Jette Simon (author of “Imago: The Therapy of Love”, featured contributor to “Psychotherapy Networker” magazine), Hedy Schleifer (documentary about her work “Hedy and Yumi: Crossing the Bridge” won 1st prize at 2011 Toronto Film Festival, also featured speaker at TED Conference). As a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Rutherford’s practice concentrates on relationship issues and couples counseling as well as the spectrum of other related mental health concerns including grief and loss, anxiety related disorders, addiction concerns, sexually compulsive behaviors, depression, LGBTQ and gender identity issues, and anger management.
For the past 15 years, Rutherford has written numerous advice columns for both the straight and gay communities. His first column published in the South Florida gay and lesbian publication The Express in 1998 The column was titled “QuestionMark?” and was written from the perspective of a licensed mental health professional who understands the complexities of the LGBTQ communities. In 2005 he was approached by The Palm Beach Post to write an advice column for them called “Healthy Relationships” geared to married couples. In 2013, Rutherford landed a nationally syndicated deal with Ladies Home Journal Magazine to be the columnist for their long running and much respected advice column “Can This Marriage Be Saved?”