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“Being depressed isn't something to be ashamed of, it's something to be aware of."


Dr. M. David Goodson is a Pastor, Psychotherapist, Relationship Expert, Public Speaker, and former Police Officer. He is a lifelong resident of Phila, Pa, and the youngest of seven children. Dr. Goodson graduated from Eastern University with a Doctorate in marriage and family therapy. His doctoral project centered on “Changing the Culture of Policing in the 21st Century to Counter the Negative Mental Health Effects on African America Citizens.” In 2004, Dr. Goodson and his wife, Lady Vanessa Goodson, founded Destiny Worship Center, a non-denominational ministry in West Philadelphia. Over the last 18 years, they have shared with others that “Serving is a Privilege.” As a psychotherapist, Dr. Goodson has worked with individuals, couples, families, first responders, and military personnel to maintain their mental health.


As a counselor to the faith-based community, Dr. Goodson provides confidential pastoral care for pastors, ministers, church leaders, and faith practitioners in the Tri-state area. He and his wife provide couple care, pre-marital education, and marriage mentoring for couples looking to strengthen their relationship. With gun violence increasing across the country, Dr. Goodson provides trauma-informed training for school administrators, teachers, staff members, and faith-based organizations throughout the city. For fun, you can find Dr. Goodson watching a movie, working out at the gym, or attending martial arts classes. Dr. Goodson has served his community, city, country, and family for his entire adult life; he looks forward to the possibility of serving you as well. 


"Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” 


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