Ken’s Bio

Dr. Kenneth Weene Ph.D.

Ken Weene was born outside of Boston and grew up in Massachusetts and Maine. Although he has lived many places since, Ken considers himself a Broody New Englander.


Ken went to high school at the Governor’s Academy in South Byfield, Mass and then to Princeton University where he studied economics. From there he went to Teachers’ College at Columbia University to study International Education and Social Psychology. Ken then spent a few years teaching, primarily at Northeastern University and in public schools. Returning to graduate school, Ken spent a year at the University of Iowa before transferring to The Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in New York. While working on his PhD in Human Behavior, he also studied at the Ackerman Family Institute.


Dr. Weene continued teaching in New York, primarily at SUNY Old Westbury, Suffolk Community College, and a special program for police at New York Institute of Technology. His clinical work experience included the Suffolk County Mental Health Board, Northeast Nassau State Hospital, and the Counseling Service of the Long Island Council of Churches, where he directed family and youth services. Ken was in private practice as a psychologist for many years before he and his wife moved to Arizona.


Once settled in Phoenix, Ken directed most of his energy to his passion for writing novels, essays, poetry, and short stories. Having been ordained, he also offered assistance as a pastoral counselor.


Recently moved to Tucson, Ken is currently working on a book about families and counseling. It will be his second work of non-fiction. The first was co-writing a memoir with one of the Lost Boys of South Sudan.


Ken continues to offer counseling services at a low fee both in his office and via Skye. While most counseling is done individually, Ken remains committed to working with families and intimate groups because he strongly believes that more often than not symptoms are caused by difficulty in communicating with those who are closest to us and that such difficulty is often the result of people feeling unsafe in sharing their emotions and needs.