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Paul Lewis

Counseling, Health and Wellness
  • BA, Environmental Science, The Evergreen State College
  • MA, Psychology, Antioch University


… Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread, only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say, it is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend.  – Naomi Shihab Nye

Paul likes to say, “ I haven’t always been a counselor!” Paul moved to Lopez Island in 1992 and has worked as a wilderness guide, a carpenter, a commercial fisherman, driven the San Juan Bakery delivery truck, taught ESL and dramatic arts, led many student service-learning trips to Nicaragua, acquiring the moniker “Pablo Lopez”;  he finally went back to school to study psychology with a hope to be of help. Paul’s life experience informs a personal perspective of wellness and mental health that is about engagement, self-awareness, and empathy. Since 2007 Paul has worked in nearly every mental health program in San Juan County; community mental health, crisis response, Friday Harbor Elementary School counseling program, school-based mental health programs on Lopez and San Juan Islands, Family Resource Center Community Wellness Programs on Lopez and San Juan Islands, Juvenile Court Services counseling, and coordinator for the Primary Intervention Play Therapy program on Lopez Island Elementary School. Paul has worked over many years individually with Spring Street students and in 2019 joined the faculty as a part-time school counselor. Paul has co-taught the OWL (Our Whole Lives) sexual health curriculum to the eighth grade since 2018 and will be collaborating and co-teaching with Heather June in her new course: Holistic Health & Consciousness. Paul hopes to increase collaboration in the Spring Street community around issues of mental health and wellness working closely with faculty and students.