Dr. Peter Fraenkel is a Clinical Psychologist with a general psychotherapy practice and deep expertise in couple and family therapy. A seasoned clinician, he skillfully supports clients navigating a range of difficulties, including relationships, anxiety, depression, work-life balance, and trauma recovery.
Alongside his work with individual clients of all ages, Dr. Fraenkel brings a compassionate ear and action-oriented process to work with couples and families. Dr. Fraenkel aims to help clients understand not only the roots of their challenges, but also how to disrupt old patterns of interaction and reaction, making more space for peace and meaningful connection.
Dr. Fraenkel’s approach is collaborative and client-centered. He guides clients in taking a close look at the relationships in their lives, from partners and parents to managers and colleagues. By focusing on what’s working and what’s not in each individual’s daily routine, Dr. Fraenkel encourages clients to break out of a rut and experience their life rhythm in a new way.
Outside of private practice, Dr. Fraenkel is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at The City College of the City University of New York. He is an emeritus faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, where for over a decade he directed the Center for Work and Family. He brings this experience teaching, writing, and researching to the therapy room, equipping clients with evidence-based techniques to create meaningful life change.
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; understanding an changing problematic patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, learning effective relationship communication and problem-solving skills, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships, dating, improving sex and other forms of sensuality
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; ending high conflict, strengthening communication and problem-solving skills; increasing security, desire, sexual satisfaction, connection, and love; specialist in "last chance couples" -- those on the brink of separation or divorce
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress, resolving parenting conflicts and getting in sync on raising and nurturing your kids
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder); eliminating obsessive ruminations and compulsive behavior
Depression - Innovative, action-oriented techniques that promote healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Stress management - Mindfulness, Qi Gong, and other practices for strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others; getting unstuck and making decisions
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Child & adolescent mental health - Working with children, adolescents, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout developing years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional dysregulation
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AFTA Award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy, 2012
AFTA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, 2004
The City College of the City University of New York, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Sync Your Relationship, Save Your Marriage: Four Steps to Getting Back on Track, Author
The Relational Trauma of Incest: A Family-Based Approach to Treatment, Author
Duke University, PhD, 1988
Boston University, BA, 1980