OUR STAFF

Experienced •  Non-judgmental • Committed To Client Success


At Healthy Decisions, our goal is that clients be successful with behavioral change.  We are results-driven and continually educate ourselves in proven, evidence-based methods to assist our clients in changing their life and the lives of those around them.   

We believe that compassion and accountability are not mutually exclusive.  Building trust is critical for an effective therapeutic alliance.  Each client is entitled to be treated with respect and unconditional positive regard.  As humans, none of us are perfect and we can do objectively unacceptable things that we later regret.  Our mission is to assist the client with behavioral change, not to punish them through harsh confrontation or judgment.  

Founded in 2010, we have over 50 years’ collective experience in helping individuals change behaviors that negatively affect their lives.  Our intervention modality is a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic one.  The focus is on identifying the thought patterns, experiences, and prior learning that have contributed to unproductive and even abusive behavior.  We then help the client replace those behaviors with more constructive and non-abusive ones.  In our experience, we have found that this approach is the most effective one for most of our clients.  

Additionally, we believe that a community-coordinated response is critical when working with court-mandated clients.  To that end, we participate in task forces, provide information and referrals to victim services agencies, and work with courts and probation departments to facilitate victim safety

       

INDIVIDUAL STAFF MEMBERS:

MIKE WILLBUR, M.S., LMHC, CCFC

Mike provides mental health and other types of evaluation services to persons involved in the criminal justice and social service systems, as well as individual mental health counseling.  He is a retired Army veteran, a former Washington State VA counselor, and a Washington licensed mental health counselor with an M.S. in Counseling and specialized training in EMDR. He has years of experience in assessing and treating PTSD – particularly with Veterans – and was instrumental in establishing the Veteran’s Court in Clark County, Washington. He is also a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. 

SUSANNE RUIZ RODRIGUEZ, Esq., M.s., AAC, CCFC

Susanne is the current director of Healthy Decisions.  She is a licensed Washington attorney and licensed counselor with a M.S. in Psychology.  She is also a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor.   For the last 16 years, she has been assessing and counseling criminal justice clients. Her legal experience, aside from private practice, includes teaching legal research and writing for 5 years as well as writing approximately 75 appeals.  Susanne also served as an advisory committee member to the Washington Dept. of Social & Health Services for the purpose of updating the Washington Administrative Code regarding domestic violence offender intervention.  

RICHARD PAIGE, B.S., AAC

Richard performs domestic violence and anger management evaluations, facilitates aggression management in a group format, and provides individual anger management coaching to clients around the US.  He is a licensed Washington counselor and has assessed and counseled hundreds of criminal offenders during the last 20 years. In addition to his counseling training, he earned an Oregon CADC-I level addictions counselor certification and is also a trained paralegal.

Maria Gomez, A.A.S., AAC

Maria provides individual anger management coaching in Spanish and English to clients across the US.  She is an Army veteran, received her A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice, holds a certification in Anger Management, and is a licensed Washington counselor.