Clarity of Purpose

From an early age Dr. Woodson felt he had a mission to become a positive force in the lives of others. As a result, he has sought out a wide variety of life and professional experiences in an effort to broaden his awareness, deepen his understanding of himself and of human nature in general. His goal has always been to live a full, joyous, authentic life while pursuing his mission of making positive contributions to society.

As a child, he wrestled with issues of growing up black in a white dominated society below the Mason-Dixon Line during the Great Depression. He overcame the embarrassment of being a “90-pound weakling” in a culture that idolized strength and brawn. He surmounted the confusion, shame, and insecurities resulting from his recognition that his sexual and emotional attractions were outside of what was considered normal and acceptable. As an adult he became a lover, a husband, a father who lost one of his sons to AIDS, a grandfather and, later in life, a survivor of a bout with cancer.

While embracing the challenges life has presented, he has maintained an openness to recognizing and investigating both the light and shadow sides of the human psyche. His professional development has involved completing graduate studies leading to a doctorate in psychology from Boston University, working as a psychologist in a variety of mental health settings, undertaking personal psychotherapy, as well as becoming an initiate in several spiritual paths. While maintaining his personal commitment to become an aware and authentic person, Bill has found both personal tranquility and the ability to help others achieve more fulfilling lives through psychotherapeutic and spiritual practices.

Bill’s personal and professional experiences have been ideal training grounds for the effective and empathic psychotherapeutic work he does with those who are (1) plagued with stress, anxiety, or depression; (2) weighed down by excessive worry, irritability, guilt, or feelings of worthlessness; (3) struggling with identity issues related to sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, aging, or citizenship; (4) facing life threatening health crises; or (5) working through troubled romantic
or professional relationships.