Brian Leidal, MA, NCC
Family Services Therapist
Brian grew up in the state of Michigan where he learned at an early age to love and respect the outdoors. He took part in numerous adventures with the Boy Scouts of America and eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His college years were spent at Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation. After graduating, Brian took on various outdoor seasonal jobs as a trip leader and outdoor educator for youth. He eventually moved to South Dakota and worked on the Native American reservations of the Great Plains.
In 2010, Brian accepted a position at a residential treatment facility for male youth in Western Pennsylvania. He facilitated team building initiatives and climbing activities for the residents at the high ropes course, which was the beginning of his journey into experiential therapies. This cultivated a desire for Brian to attend grad school for counseling. He completed his Master’s degree in Community Counseling with a specialization in addiction in May 2014.
Brian’s post-master’s work was with an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab. He learned numerous clinical skills and worked with adults and families struggling with addiction and recovery. Brian also returned to facilitating team building and climbing with the youth at the residential treatment facility. There he refined his group counseling skills and helped youth empower themselves through their experiences at the ropes course.
When not in the field, Brian enjoys all aspects of the outdoors - hiking, climbing, camping, and generally exploring the world around him. His enjoyment of reading is only second to nature, as he likes to get immersed in a good work of fiction as well as continue learning new things about his field of work. Brian is thrilled to be working with Open Sky, as the organization brings together well-founded methods and the transformative power of the wilderness. He has been searching for an experience that combines his passions for therapy and adventure and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for both!