Mark E. Bolte, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Contact Information

Phone: (803) 254-9767                                      Fax: (803) 254-9740                                               Email:

About Me

I believe that people are whole beings who can be understood through various dimensions-- biologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually--with each aspect of our personhood influencing other aspects.  Consequently, I seek to bring therapeutic understanding and interventions that address the whole person, with the aim of seeing that person grow further into the fullness of who he or she was created to be.  At our core, I believe we are relational beings, who find our greatest fulfillment in meaningful connection with others.  If relationship lies at the center of our greatest fulfillment, then it is also within the context of relationship that we tend to experience our greatest hurt and frustration.  Our healing must occur at the site of our injuries, and it is this truth that makes the relationships formed within counseling a potent means of healing and growth. 

I love variety in life, and I am fortunate to work in a field that allows me to teach, counsel, assess and advise in a variety of contexts.  I am a full-time professor at Columbia International University where I am preparing the next generation of counselors who have a heart to impact God’s Kingdom through the profession of counseling.  I also provide pre-employment assessment services to local public safety agencies, helping them select mature and effective public servants.  My wife is also an educator, who left over 20 years as a nurse to pursue her life-long desire to teach children.  We have grown through more than 20 years of marriage, and we are excited to see our two boys enter manhood.  My pastimes include gardening, carpentry, and any other excuse to be out in my garage or in nature.     

General Information

Gender: Male                                                                                                                                                 Age: 50                                                                                                                                                           Started Counseling: 1988                                                                                                                              Cost Per Session: $135                                                                                                                           Sliding Scale: Yes                                                                                                                                      Insurance: BC/BS; State Health (APS)                                                                                                 Credit Cards Accepted: Visa & MasterCard


Age: Adolescent to older adult                                                                                                                Ethnicity: Any                                                                                                                                           Modality: Individual and couple counseling                                                                                         Religious Orientation: Christian; any


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 1996                                   M.S. Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 1995                                       M.A. Counseling Psychology, Loyola College, Baltimore MD, 1988                                                      B.A. Psychology, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN, 1984


South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology, Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Clinical Diagnostic Evaluations                                                                                                         Personality Assessments                                                                                                                                Career and Life-Transition (Highlands Program)                                                                                  Intelligence and Attention/Concentration Evaluations                                                                   
Pre-Marital and Marital Assessments                                                                                      Organizational & Team Development Assessments                                                                         Employment Selection and Promotion Assessments

Clinical Experience

Private Practice, Palmetto Counseling Associates (1999-present)                                                       Graduate Professor, Columbia International University (2003-present)                                             Chief Psychologist, SC Dept. of Public Safety (1999-2003)                                                           Command Psychologist, Fort Jackson (1998-1999)                                                                                     Chief, Psychology Service, Community Mental Health Service, Ft Jackson (1996-1999)                      Addiction Counselor, Epoch Counseling Center, Baltimore, MD (1989-1992)                            Psychotherapist in Private Practice, BaltimoreMD (1988-1992)

Special Interests

Relational Issues                                                                                                                                   Personal Growth and Spiritual Development                                                                                               Clinical and AD/HD Evaluations                                                                                                                 Anxiety & Mood Issues                                                                                                                                  Career Assessment and Professional Development