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
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder Read more...
LCMHC #9324 (Expires: 2021-06-01)
Cessel Boyd-Lewis is a fantastic sounding board and a good listener. She brings warmth and humor and common sense to her sessions. I have found her a wonderful help and a ray of light at the end of my stressful weeks during a marriage break-up and the pandemic. She gave me practical tasks to perform which added value to my sessions and helped to keep me on track. I highly recommend her as a therapist.
I have been working with Cessel Boyd-Lewis for the last three weeks and I am already feeling better. I think she is a very good counselor as she is able to easily understand my concerns/issues and provide guidance with real-life examples. She also does not impose a procedure to the counseling, but rather lets the conversation flows and adapts to my needs. I strongly recommend her.
This is my first time doing therapy and I have never felt so safe, understood and cared for. I am so grateful I was matched with CJ and I really and truly look forward to our future sessions.
C. J. is an amazing person and therapist. I felt very good and understood throughout our therapy. She is leading you professionally through the session and has a lot of expertise and recommendations how to improve your situation. I would definitely recommend her to everyone who is looking for help.
CJ is a great listener and she really helped me see situations in a practical and understandable manner. This was very effective at calming me down during emotional distress and improved the way I dealt with negative feelings. I didn't have the best experience with the first counsellor I was matched with so CJ really saved the day!
My life was riddled with various problems. Relationship issues, self esteem problems and many more. Cessel not only professionally broke down my issues and provided solutions. She also connected with me on a personal level, not just using text book answers to help me but TRULY understanding my pain and using comparisons with her own life. This lady is the real deal.
Cessel was definitely a God-send for me. I was struggling with understanding my feelings and communicating them better, and she was so helpful. She is also very practical, which is great, especially for me. She shared tools with me and really took the time to understand my issues to be able to offer me the exact help I needed.
I think CJ is actually much better than the average counselor because she asks thoughtful, pointed questions which helped me get to what I was dealing with.
CJ - thank you for using your time and your gift to help me drastically improve and change my life. I would recommend you anyday!
I've just finished my 12th and final session with CJ.
She has been wonderful at listening and giving brilliant and consistent advice. Over the course of the sessions, we have dealt with issues around a recent break-up as well as identifying underlying problems which have been there since I was a teenager.
I've finished these sessions having more confidence to deal with the challenges modern life and modern relationships through at me. I'm very grateful to have had CJ as my therapist I definitely feel like a more well rounded and happier person!
The perfect therapist, from the first session she helped a lot, a great listener, analyst and her advices really worked. Am so thankful I was matched to her.
She’s helped me so much in the amount of time we’ve had together and I’m so grateful. She’s AMAZING!!!!
Cessel has truly been a great comfort to me, even when we go days without speaking, I know she is there and cares so genuinely. We have thousands of physical miles between us, yet she always makes me feel like she is a friend that is just down the road and can always be called upon whenever I need her. Thank you Cessel.
CJ is awesome has really helped me see things from a different perspective with plenty of tools to help me to get better
Cessel is a wonderful person to talk to. She helped me realize my potential and qualities which in turn help me manage my anxiety.
Cessel is a wonderful counsellor. She takes the time to listen and responds in a considerate and thoughtful manner. Cessel is also very receptive to personalized learning and open to suggestions for additional ideas and concepts ("homework", reading, check-ins, tactical ideas). Would absolutely recommend.
Fantastic service. No waiting, no traveling, very reasonable.
Cessel is a great listener. She guides you to your answers very well and understands your situation better. She does not leave you hanging or makes you feel down. She is an amazing person and helps you in every step. Very pleased with her help.
Very happy with her help
Cessel have been extremely helpful with getting through my family issues in the last couple of weeks. I am very grateful for her.
CJ is a fantastic counselor. She is empathetic and extremely knowledgeable. She is a great support and I am definitely on the right path for success. I had been to therapists before but I must say that hands-on and practical approach to problems really makes her stand out from the crowd.
I started my counseling about a month and a half ago and I was paired up with CJ. She has been absolutely wonderful and has really helped me to be able to get through a very rough patch in my life. She is understanding and wise. She provided me with a lot of very helpful self-care tips to help ease and control my anxiety and stress. It’s a practice that I am planning to make a habit out of and she reiterated many times on how important it is to perform self-care every single day. I am forever grateful for her help and guidance.
She’s a good person, takes time with you, she listens and gives good advice. I was able to think highly of myself within just a couple weeks of talking to her.
Cessel is such a great counsellor. She knows how to respond whether you are feeling up or down, and has the ability to work through some of the toughest challenges with clients. I noticed that she is very wise and will say things that make you think a little bit, but if you come to understand what she is saying, it will be some of the best advice you have ever received. I have only been working with Cessel for the past couple of weeks, and even in just a short amount of time, my mindset has changed dramatically and my attitude has became more positive throughout my daily life!
I have been working with Cessel for about a month and am so happy with her service! She is extremely professional and always helpful! Every session has been very meaningful! She is always there to listen and not judge. After every session, I feel renewed and equipped to face my issues head-on. Her Christian counseling helps to give me peace of mind. Cessel makes counseling easy and she feels more like a friend! She is always warm and welcoming. I LOVE the service she is providing.
C.J. is a top notch counselor. I feel listened to, and I am truly met in the place where I am. If it is a bad day, she provides encouragement. If it is a good day, she cheers me on. I always feel like I am able to process the range of my emotions without judgment and receive pathways to resolve that have genuinely made my life better.
Cessel has been working with me for over a year now, and I say that in a positive way :). I initially began talking with her as I healed from post partum depression. It has been a blessing to continue to have her to talk with when I need advice on different aspects of my life. She is always positive and uplifting!
CJ (Cessel) has been very kind and helpful to me. She has asked guiding questions to help me to remember to have my own needs and mental health as a priority. I feel better having her coach me and encourage me. She would be a good choice if you are looking for a counsellor.
An amazing listener!!! I felt like I made a new friend. Cessel offered personal experience advice, which goes a long way.
I enjoyed working with Cessel to resolve an unsettled matter where my identity felt tied to a former workplace. In just a month she listened attentively and gave me the tactical tools I need to understand and get to the root of the matter. She is empathetic and speaks with confidence and clarity on the matter. Thank you Cessel!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.