Counseling and Education Center

A nonprofit organization

Celebrating 40+ years of service, CEC offers professional counseling to Mesa County children, teens, adults and families, regardless of income and with no eligibility requirements. When you donate to CEC, you give meaning to a person's life, by helping them achieve health, healing, connection and strength.


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 counselors and staff."


For more than 40 years, the Counseling and Education Center (CEC) has been providing affordable, professional counseling services to individuals and families in need, regardless of their age, income or insurance situation. CEC counselors work with each individual to help them achieve the health and happiness they so richly deserve. CEC offers therapy in person or by telephone and video. Our staff and counselors are grateful to our supporters and community for ensuring that CEC stays strong. We look forward to many more years of providing the highest quality services to Mesa County children, teens and adults.

Background Statement

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 recognized in the community as an organization where all individuals are welcome.

The goals of counseling continue to be the health and happiness that all people deserve. CEC counselors use Feedback Informed Treatment, an evidence-based approach that helps ensure rapport and alliance between clients and counselors. The dedicated staff, administration and counselors, along with CEC's loyal supporters, have worked diligently to ensure the highest quality services to every person of every age.

Organization Data


Organization name

Counseling and Education Center

other names

Counseling and Education Center, CEC

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Mental Health & Crisis Intervention


2708 Patterson Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Service areas

Mesa County, CO, US





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