Dr. Stefan Malecek is a retired psychotherapist, an author and a United States Army veteran. He has worked extensively with Trauma-affected clients, including 100% PTSD Veterans. He spent nearly 2 decades working on in-patient psychiatric care units in the San Franscisco Bay area and nearly a decade in community mental health out-patient facilities, followed by 5 years in a private psychotherapy practice. He taught psychology at the community college level for 7 years.
He is the author of the acclaimed Paul Marzeky Mystery series: Crazy Tales of Combat Psychiatry, Unwitting Witness, Alchemy’s Angel, Spirals of Time, The Gilded Edges Of Shadow and his latest, Excelsior!. The Crucible of Shame: Healing the Societal Roots of Addiction and “Mental Illness” and Trauma and Transformation are his first published non-fiction books. All are available now at AMAZON
Dr. Stefan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and left there in 1966 after high school to join the US Army. He initially trained as a Combat Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and worked as Social Work/Clinical Psychology Specialist at Fort Riley, Kansas.
After nearly a year there, his repeated requests for transfer to Vietnam were acknowledged. He spent 1968-1969 in-country partly with the 14th General Dispensary/85th Evac Hospital, and then flying all over “I” Corps with the 326th Medical Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division, doing interview evaluations, and counseling many men, often fresh from battle.
After moving to San Francisco in 1969, the author worked for 17 years on in-patient psychiatric units and crisis clinics as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician. Stefan returned to school and got his BA from New College in 1992, and soon thereafter moved to the Oregon Coast. He continued to work in various aspects of mental health, and got his Master’s Degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 1998; and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University. His graduate work was devoted to recovery from trauma, addictions and dissociation.
He moved to the beautiful Island of Maui, Hawaii when he retired in 2013, and has been writing full time since then.
Dr. Stefan at home in nature.
China Beach, Vietnam 1968