Zak Mucha, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice. He spent seven years working as the supervisor of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, providing 24/7 wrap-around services to persons suffering from severe psychosis, substance abuse issues, and homelessness in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
Mucha has worked as a counselor and consultant for U.S. combat veterans undergoing training for digital forensic investigations in child pornography.
Currently he is faculty and a board member of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis as well as a board member for the Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection in Baton Rouge, LA.
Before going into the clinical field, Mucha has worked as a freelance journalist, truck driver, furniture mover, construction worker, union organizer, and staff member at a DCFS locked unit.
He has published three books: Heavyweight Champion of Nothing (a novel), Shadow Box (poetry), and Emotional Abuse: A Manual for Self-Defense (non-fiction), which is to be republished by Dockyard Press (Glasgow) in late 2022 along with The Ambulatorium (poems and essays) and Swimming to the Horizon: Crack, Psychosis, and Street-Corner Social Work (non-fiction) in early 2023.