Cessel Boyd-Lewis

(MA, LPC, LCAS)

About Me

I would like to first thank you for considering me as your counselor and take the opportunity to introduce myself. My passion for counseling and helping others developed in High School. These desires lead me to obtain my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1997and a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling in 2011. I am currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board, a Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

I have over 15 years of experience working in the Behavioral Health Field. This experience includes working with the Developmentally Disabled population, providing Mental Health services for the Department of Corrections , working with those in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis, providing Care Coordination services for local Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), working with Employee Assistance Programs, providing Substance Abuse services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and working in Private Practice settings. I like to think of my therapeutic approach as an eclectic one which includes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Seeking Safety in order to provide Person Centered services. I have worked with individuals struggling with the following challenges: Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Relationship Issues, Parenting concerns, Work difficulties, Grief and Domestic Violence.

I characterize the therapeutic process as a journey in which the client is driving the vehicle and the psychotherapist is in the passenger seat. This passenger/psychotherapist helps the client to identify resources, tools, skills and even strengths the driver has available, that were not evident before. If you are willing to drive the vehicle I am willing to come along and help improve the journey!

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and I look forward to working with you if you feel this will be a good fit! Happy to serve you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression

I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #9324 (Expires: 2019-06-30)


Reviews

Written by D.E. on Oct 22, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Cessel Boyd-Lewis' help has been invaluable to me, understanding of my issues and extremely helpful overall.

Written by D.A. on Oct 16, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Amazing to say the least. Truly helped me in my time of need. Her way of understanding your situation, then giving you good advice on how to handle it is great!

Written by M.O. on Oct 12, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and parenting issues

This is completely new for me and Cessel has made this experience pleasurable. She is courteous,kind and is really helping me to sort out my current difficulties. I’m glad I finally made the choice to seek help and found the right kind of help!

Written by K.A. on Oct 09, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

This is my first ever time to seek professional guidance so you can imagine how nervous I was about the whole thing. I have only been counselling with CJ for a little over 2 weeks now but from the very first message exchange I had with her, it never felt as if I was talking to someone I do not personally know. She is very warm, positive and genuine, and this made it so easy to open up and speak with her. She is a great listener and would always give the best advice which instantly made me feel better, and more ready to face another day. I highly recommend her!

Written by D.A. on Sep 26, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 days

I only used this service for a day and a half but C.J. left a stupendous impression. She responds to messages very quickly and writes with empathy. You are in good hands with her.

Written by D.A. on Sep 24, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Outstanding and a critical help at a difficult time of my life. The help I am being provided with is beyond value and I appreciate it greatly.

Written by C.H. on Sep 17, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

CJ was an amazing counselor. She took time to understand my thoughts and feelings and offered practical advice and tips. She also responded to messages promptly in a very thoughtful way. Would recommend!

Written by A.L. on Sep 15, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She has helped me so much. I felt like I was talking to a friend conversation was easy and I wasn’t scared to talk to her about anything. She never judged me and gave me great advice. I would 100% recommend her and have recommended her to several of my friends. Thank you for helping me for the hard times. And I know we will chat again soon. It’s been such a positive thing in my life and has helped me so much.

Written by K.R. on Sep 04, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting, and self esteem

I just appreciate that with Cessel I feel heard and understood. She also helps me by pointing out things to think about and consider when I'm sharing with her. Very positive mindset too!!

Written by M.A. on Aug 13, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship

CJ is kind, caring, and excellent at making one feel understood. She has a wonderful ability to relate and to offer advice without appearing judgemental at all, which is such a gift. She is also very communicative and will regularly reach out with messages during the week to keep in touch. I couldn't give her a better recommendation, she's wonderful.

Written by C.A. on Aug 07, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 3 weeks

Cessel is a great counselor listens to me as I'm venting away, compassionate,understanding and gives me great advise. I also like the fact the she sends me messages at of no where to see how I'm doing it makes me feel appreciated and that she's thinking about me and making sure everything's alright!!

Written by V.E. on Jun 19, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Although my time with CJ was short, it was life-changing. She is so easy to talk to, quick to respond and understanding. She really helped me to gain my strength and confidence back. She provided amazing tools that I will be able to use on my own going forward.

Thank you so much CJ for all your support and simply being you! I am so grateful for all of your help.

Written by B.E. on Jun 14, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 1 week on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and anger

C.J. was just what I needed and although I don't know your own needs I would recommend her to anyone who just needs someone to listen respectfully and reply thoughtfully. On top of that she gave me a great tool set to help myself with and I loved that she provided me with a way to help myself.

Written by P.E. on Jun 14, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions

C.J. is an exceptional balance between support and solution. She will tell you what you want to hear about yourself to raise your self-esteem and then give advice on how to be better. She will always give a well-thought-out response and never hesitates, so that means you know that she knows what she's doing. I have been struggling with an addiction to pornography and C.J. has successfully given me the tools and skills to tackle this issue so that I can move on with my life. Rome wasn't built in a day but in terms of tackling my addiction, C.J. has been a big part of the construction of my new life!

Written by L.Y. on Jun 07, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, parenting, and self esteem

It has been very helpful having Cessel to talk to. Everything she says makes sense and I know her advice is spot on! Sometimes it helps so much to talk to a professional. After reading her replies I actually sleep at night.

Written by M.I. on May 10, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, anger, and career

CJ is flexible and highly professional. She really helped me avoid the most extreme outcome to depression and other fears. I now have tools and the knowledge to move forward with my life to the fullest, avoiding toxic situations and an ability to stay on track despite the best efforts of the negative forces in the world that would threaten and try to distract and prevent you from that course. CJ listens, provides resources when relevant and provided reassurance and the support needed to work through my concerns. I cannot recommend her enough.

Written by C.H. on Mar 10, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and sleeping

I believe that everyone should have access to mental health care from an trained professional who loves what they do. This relationship should serve both therapist and client. I appreciate that I can choose who I work with from a resume type introduction of experience. My counselor is accessible, kind, and helpful.

Written by R.H. on Mar 07, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and bipolar

I never thought that online support would be as great as it has been. Cessel is wonderful. Through our short time together, she has listened to me, calmed me, and offered recommendations. I'm lucky to have her support.

Written by N.I. on Mar 06, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

I had so much trouble understanding and facing my problems, but Cessel really helped me gain the courage and strength to help myself. I always felt comfortable to talk to her when I had no one else to talk to - especially when I felt like my feelings were meaningless, but she brought meaning and understanding to them. Now I am finally getting the help I need thanks to her support and encouragement, thank you so much.

Written by A.L. on Feb 24, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Excellent Counselor; knowledgeable, kind and effective.

Written by J.E. on Jan 23, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Cessel was incredible in providing me support in ways that allowed me to adjust my way of thinking and to build confidence in my self and actions. She has an incredibly caring and understanding nature. This coupled with great professional skills. Highly recommended.

Written by H.A. on Jan 07, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and anger

Very understanding, helpful and thorough with her responses. Would recommend!

Written by .. on Jan 03, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and self esteem

She's a blessing sent from heaven. She has helped me through my darkest moments and I am so comfortable sharing my deepest secrets and rarest emotions with her even if it's just a short period into counseling. She's like a mother, an advisor and a listener. Thank God for her.

Written by J.O. on Jan 02, 2018 after counseling with Cessel for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and parenting

CJ is there when you need her, and I think that’s the most important thing when you’re someone who is struggling with anxiety and/or depression. You can count on her to respond helpfully and warmly - non-judgemental, yet careful and considerate with her responses and advice. She is also incredibly helpful when giving advice with Christian values ... she speaks with a lot of love that helps with the internal struggles.

Written by K.R. on Nov 29, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, and anger

Thank you Cessel!

Written by W.A. on Nov 25, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, self esteem, anger, and career

Dr. Cessel have inspired and motivated me during difficult times when I needed words of encouragement. I’m so grateful for her help and support.

Written by F.E. on Nov 20, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship

Don't know how I would get on without Cessel now :-). She's been so helpful-always answers back quickly even though I am in Darwin, Australia-she has been a god send for myself and my partner. Never judgmental and always positive.

Written by E.R. on Nov 15, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and anger

I asked for a "long term relationship" with the counselor I'm assigned; and really glad to say I am SO thankful I've been matched with Cessel... she has been encouraging, thoughtful in every way about my own needs; and continually supportive. I would say you are BLESSED to have such a responsive and truly empathetic counselor as Cessel... she really is amazing.

Written by M.I. on Nov 14, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and self esteem

My counselor Cessel Boyd-Lewis is awesome! I was going through a tough time in my life with my relationship and insecurities and didn’t have anyone to turn to and give me good advice. She was there to uplift and and guide me to become a better me and direct me on the path toward self-love. I couldn’t have asked for a better match in a counselor!

Written by R.A. on Nov 11, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and relationship

Cessel has a balanced way of reducing your anxieties, she neither gives harsh remarks nor leaves out important things you need to rectify about yourself. She is also a great listener.

Written by A.M. on Nov 10, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 2 weeks

I think she is very understanding, patient and never judgmental; she always makes me feel accepted and is always there to help, which I really appreciate! Overall I would definitely recommend her to anyone who's struggling with depression and self-esteem issues as she is very positive and encouraging, and replies to urgent messages ASAP.

Written by B.R. on Oct 30, 2017 after counseling with Cessel for 1 week

CJ was an awesome counsellor to work with. Although we only had our one session together, she was an excellent guide in helping me transition with current life events. I would highly recommend her to anyone experience anxiety, stress, or confusion on what to do next in life. She is confident and knows her stuff which made me (the client) immediately decrease my stress levels and become at ease. Counseling and seeking help is not easy but if you have someone like CJ there to help support you, I can't see why anyone would turn down the opportunity to work with betterhelp.com. You guys have been an excellent support and resource.