I grew up in a Japanese immigrant family during the 1970s in San Francisco. Like many Asian immigrant families, education was considered important so I grew up with lots of books. But I ran into major issues during adolescence which I later overcame. Though I loved literature and psychology as a teen, I would go on to a career in business with companies such as KPMG and Microsoft.


Later in life, I left the corporate world to go back to school to become trained as a therapist. It wasn't easy but it's been a transformative adventure. I'm always impressed by how quickly clients trust me with deeply personal issues. One of my favorite things I like to say to clients is how they've helped me to become a better therapist.

  • California Institute of Integral Studies, MA 2012

  • University of California at Berkeley, MCP 1996

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of California, license #96328

  • Psychotherapist with Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL)

  • International School in Shanghai, China

  • Albany Unified School District (California)

  • San Francisco Unified School District

  • Family Service Agency of San Francisco

  • Fred Finch Youth Center (California)

  • Microsoft Corporation (Japan / USA)

Ken Hirano LMFT #96328 (California)