Mark R. Zuccolo, PhD, LMFT

Hi, I’m Dr. Mark R. Zuccolo, a licensed psychotherapist, coiunselor, clinical hypnotherapist, behavioral coach, and behavioral consultant in private practice at Bellagio Psychotherapeutics in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Theoretical Orientation
In my clinical practice, I prefer to work from a cognitive behavioral approach (CBT), and the goal of my therapeutic work is to help individuals, couples and families identify and change the causes of dysfunctional thinking and behavior in order to make more balanced and realistic appraisals of themselves, their world and their future, enjoy more satisfying relationships, and improve their communication and problem-solving skills.

Spiritual Orientation
I work well with people of all faiths, faith-skeptical or of no faith at all, and I am able to integrate Christian spirituality and clinical practice, while respecting the individual wishes of each client.

Areas of Clinical Interest
I provide effective psychotherapy and counseling to individuals struggling with issues such as acute or chronic symptoms, bothersome levels of anxiety, persistent depression which may be due to difficult family situations, challenging career choices, stalled personal growth and development, and the need to balance family/work concerns. I also provide individual anger management skills training and counseling (either court-mandated or voluntary), as well as stress management education and counseling.

Emotional Abuyse and Trauma Therapy
In the area of emotional trauma counseling, I am a trained clinician in the application of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, which is particularly effective in treating severe cases of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological consequences of adult or childhood trauma, accident, physical or emotional loss, and physical, emotional or sexual abuse. In less severe cases, my approach utilizes the techniques of CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), which is also an approved protocol for the treatment of PTSD.

Behavioral Coaching
In addition to my clinical practice, I work as an experienced executive coach of a select number of senior leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and high-potential C-level executives. My coaching expertise focuses on psychological and behavioral issues of concern to executive on-boarding, on assisting emerging leaders with critical development issues, on helping senior leaders address issues that may be derailing their success, and on the acculturation of international leaders.

Behavioral Consulting
My behavioral consulting practice focuses primarily, but not exclusively on family-owned and/or Christian-owned businesses.

Prior Business Career
One unique aspect of my background is my 25-year experience as a business executive with multinational companies, in manufacturing and services, that broadened my outlook and permitted me to travel extensively to all five continents and to interact with people of many backgrounds and languages in a wide variety of settings and situations. I changed to the present career almost fifteen years ago, when I began my re-training in the discipline of psychology at Pepperdine University.

Counseling and Therapy Experience
Prior to establishing my private practice in Alpharetta, I practiced at the La Vie Christian Counseling Centers in Pasadena and Santa Monica, California; at the Pepperdine University Community Counseling Center in Encino, California; at the Assistance League of Southern California in Pasadena, California; and at the Summit Counseling Center in Johns Creek, Georgia. 

Education
Ph.D. in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (Northcentral University, Prescott, AZ)
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA)
BBA in Management (Harding University, Searcy, AR).

Licenses, Certification and Professional Affiliations
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, State of Georgia
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, State of California
Certified Master Leadership Coach
Clinical Member, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
Clinical Member, The American Psychological Association
Past Executive Director, The Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Clinical Member, The Christian Association for Psychological Sciences
Trained EMDR Practitioner
Trained Anger Management Counselor
Certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor and Trainer