Meg Paul

LCSW, Therapist

Meg grew up in north-central Connecticut before moving to southern Arizona in 8th grade. As a child, she was often found playing soccer, where the team sports culture emphasized working collaboratively toward a common goal. This pivotal value was further nurtured through her experiences at summer camp. It was at camp that she was first exposed to the humbling beauty and challenge of small-group backcountry expeditions. This helped Meg begin to learn more about herself and what ignited her passions.


Meg attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. During her senior year, while still exploring career paths, she enrolled in a winter backpacking course. It was in this course that she was introduced to the idea of intentional use of adventure and challenge to facilitate learning. That year, Meg delved deeply into the experiential learning world and discovered the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare field.

In 2010, Meg began working at Summit Achievement as a Field Guide. She was immediately drawn to the work and wanted to learn more about partnering with adolescents and their families to effect lasting change through use of adventure. After working at Summit for a little over a year, she enrolled in a dual master’s program at the University of New Hampshire, focusing on Adventure Therapy and Social Work. From there she spent three years working at a community mental health center in the Chicago suburbs, specializing in using experiential models and outdoor adventures for substance use prevention and intervention treatment with adolescents and their families.

Meg rejoined the Summit community as a Licensed Therapist in 2017. She incorporated her skills learned as a Field Guide with her other professional experiences to quickly build therapeutic rapport with incoming students and their families. She uses her passion to help students and their families navigate building healthy communication skills, repairing relationships, and rebuilding connections. Meg often employs CBT, DBT, solution-focused therapy, Brainspotting, and structural and family systems therapy. Her goal is to help students and their families integrate the skills and tools they have developed during their journey.

In 2021, Meg began a three-year hiatus from Summit to become the Clinical Director at a therapeutic boarding school in the Northeast. This role allowed her to gain a unique perspective on the continuum of care, observing the challenges students and their families face after leaving residential treatment. There she developed additional support systems to help them apply the skills they learned as they navigated the increased stress of everyday life post-treatment.

In the spring of 2024, Meg returned to Summit to resume her role on the Clinical Team. Outside of Summit, she also owns Crosswinds Counseling, an outpatient private practice licensed in NH, ME, and MA, where she works with teens, adults, parents, and families.


During her free time, you can find Meg spending time with her husband and three children hiking, surfing, and rock climbing.