Who I Am

mikewillburMy name is Mike Willbur. I come from a family of patriots. My father and uncle both served in WWII. My uncle went on to serve in both Korea and Vietnam. These men taught me the ticket to fulfillment was hard work, and the finish line was retirement on a social security check with plenty of grandchildren.

I originally chose the military to overcome the financial challenge of college. It became a career, where I spent 19 months in Vietnam and over 10 years in Korea. The remainder of my career military career was spent on the east coast in places like Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF), Georgia., Ft., Eustis, VA., Fort Campbell, KY., Fort Polk, LA., and two tours of duty at Ft. Lewis, WA.

During my nearly 24 years in the military, I attended any school the Army was willing to send me to. I worked as a Platoon Sgt, in Quality Control  for Aircraft Maintenance and as an Aviation Maintenance Instructor, Translator, and Army Recruiter. In my final assignment, I worked with a drug eradication team which included Customs and DEA.

After serving a full and satisfying career in the Army, I spent a short time as a supervisor in a local silicon wafer plant, before purchasing and operating a convenience store/gas station and a dry cleaner. I even owned and operated a mortgage brokerage firm and insurance company. However, I sold these businesses to free up my time to complete my masters program in counseling.

In 2008, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs employed me as a Incarcerated Veterans Program Specialist. This gave me the opportunity to organize the Clark County Veterans Court program. I also authored the mentor program manual and supervised the VetCo mentor program from 2011 until my retirement at the close of 2013.

Since I returned to private work in 2014, I have continued my involvement with treating Veterans who have been adversely effected by war trauma. Trauma counseling and how PTSD and TBI play into aggressive behaviors is a major focus of my counseling practice.

Education & Certifications

  • BS, Psychology
  • MS, Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Provider certification, State of Washington
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy)

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