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!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LPC #9324 (Expires: 2019-06-30)
CJ has been am immense help with my situation. She responds quickly and professionally. She guided me through my issues and kept me focused on what the objectives were. I would recommend her services highly.
C.J is incredibly patient and kind, and has always made me feel she was there for me. I am so grateful for all of the support and advice I have received over the last few months - for my first time seeking therapy, I am tremendously lucky to have been able to work with her!
Within a month, I turned my life around with the guidance and support of Cessel. Not only was she almost always readily available to help, but quality of help provided was beyond anything I could have imagined.
She is so thoughtful and appreciated every circumstances and provides guidance specifically designed for your situation. I highly recommend Cessel because her personality screams happiness and it is contagious.
Although I still have a lot of progress to work towards, I give credit all to Cessel for allowing me to become the person I am today. Without her guidance, I would still be lost!
Cessel Boyd-Lewis' help has been invaluable to me, understanding of my issues and extremely helpful overall.
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent Counselor; knowledgeable, kind and effective.
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.
Very understanding, helpful and thorough with her responses. Would recommend!
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.
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.
Thank you Cessel!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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