DrZ_2014Hi, I’m Dr. Mark R. Zuccolo, a licensed psychotherapist, master leadership coach, and behavioral consultant in private practice at Bellagio Psychotherapeutics in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. In my prior career, I was a successful Fortune 500 executive with over twenty years of international management experience.

To fully prepare myself for the challenges and demands of addressing the many different clinical and non-clinical issues that come up in my busy private practice, I acquired the necessary, specialized education in the field of psychology from fully-accredited graduate institutions. My education includes a Ph.D. in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (from Northcentral University, Prescott, AZ), a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA), and a BBA in Management (from 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

Why Dr. Z?

In my cognitive-behavioral treatment, I incorporate key psychodynamic principles such as addressing patients’ avoidance or psychological defenses, exploring emotions and fantasies, identifying recurring themes or patterns, and discussing the therapy relationship. It is my experience that the exclusive use of pure CBT methods such as teaching skills and strategies or assigning homework can only produce limited results. I believe all clients should be able to speak freely, in addition to learning practical exercises or new skills; that they should be able to explore their feelings in depth, instead of focusing solely on their thoughts; that they should examine how past and present are interrelated, instead of focusing only on current events. By combining CBT and psychoanalysis I seek to address root problems and current circumstance, so that my clients may begin to feel better immediately while obtaining lasting results.