Counseling and Education Center

Celebrating 40 years, CEC continues to offer counseling services to children, teens, adults and families regardless of income, and with no eligibility requirements, in Mesa County. When you donate to CEC, you give meaning to one's life, by helping to achieve health, healing, connection and strength.

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General Information

Official Name
Center for Enriched Communications, Inc.​​​​​​​
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Counseling and Education Center
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Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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2708 Patterson Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
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Mission Statement

Celebrating 40 years, the Counseling and Education Center (CEC) provides affordable, professional counseling services to individuals and families in need, regardless of their age, income or insurance situation. The goal of counseling is for you and your CEC counselor to work together to help you achieve the health and happiness you so richly deserve. Amid COVID-19, CEC continues to offer therapy by way of telephone and video. Limited in-person counseling is currently available in certain cases. Our staff and counselors are grateful to our supporters and community for ensuring CEC stays strong, and here's to many more years of providing top quality services to all those who enter CEC's doors.

Organization History

Sister Faye Huelsmann (M.S., LPC) and Sister Pat Lewter (M.A., LPC) had the vision to provide counseling services to individuals and families, regardless of their age, income or ability to pay in Mesa County. In 1981, they founded the Center for Enriched Communications, empowering people to change their lives through affordable and accessible counseling.

In 1998, the Center merged with Individual and Family Counseling, another Mesa County agency with similar goals. The merged agency became the Counseling and Education Center (CEC), a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization recognized in the community where all individuals are welcome.

Now celebrating 40 years, the goal of counseling continues to be for "you and your CEC counselor to work together to help you achieve the health and happiness you so richly deserve". CEC counselors use Feedback Informed Treatment, an evidence-based approach that helps ensure rapport and alliance between clients and counselors. The loyal staff, administrative and counseling, and its supporters have worked diligently to assure top quality services to all those who enter CEC's doors or tele-therapy over the phone or online.


A sampling of comments from our CEC clients (anonymous to protect confidentiality):

"You were there for me when nobody else was."

"I was determined to take control of my life after years of drinking due to sexual abuse. I had no money, no job and lived with friends. CEC took me in, accepted me, and worked with me for 2 years. During that time, I gained more confidence, found a job and graduated with a degree. I have CEC to thank for helping me become a better person."

"I can't thank you enough for everything you've done for me and my family, we could not have done it without your services."

"The most compassionate and professional care I've ever received from the counselors and the staff."

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