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Peter Frankel, BA

Associate Therapist

Peter Frankel has a BA in English with a concentration in Writing from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. While his daughter was a student at Open Sky, Peter became completely engaged and dedicated to the work and the process.

Peter stayed connected to Open Sky and joined the team in 2015 as Alumni Communications Coordinator. In this role, he contacted parents six months after their child had graduated to offer support, gather updates from the family, and receive direct feedback on the program. This qualitative research—in addition to the quantitative research Open Sky has done since its inception in 2006—helps the company provide improved levels of treatment and post-graduation connection with families and students.

In 2020, Peter moved into the role of Family Wellness Counselor. He helps to facilitate Wellness Weekends and supports families as they engage in the important parallel process of wellness and growth. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University and hopes to become a Family Services Therapist.

Peter’s work experience with YMCA resident camps around the country lends itself to the world of wilderness therapy. Peter is a firm believer in Open Sky’s model and is eager to help enrich the experience for families. He is part of the movement that hopes to make wilderness programming more accessible and available to everyone.

With six children, Peter and his wife Marya maintain a dynamic and sometimes pleasantly chaotic household in Evanston, Illinois. Cherished time in Durango is spent deepening bonds with Open Sky’s extraordinary staff and becoming more familiar with the rich and diverse landscape of the Four Corners.

If you happen to catch Peter in Durango, you have an open invitation for a meal and fellowship on his porch.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.