Donald W. Welch
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMFT 50129

Phone: 619-858-3105 x 130

Mission Valley Office

Dr. Welch brings a unique voice to discussions of relationship and the Bible. He has been counseling couples, families, and individuals in various settings for over thirty years. Along with being a published author, he is a versatile and accomplished communicator who speaks about relational issues at conferences, churches, retreats, and seminars throughout the United States. 

Dr. Welch is also a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in Kansas where he has been in private practice since 1998. Currently, he is Founder and Executive Director of Center for Enriching Relationships, Inc. where he is in practice as a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC 50129). He oversees the professional partnership between Point Loma Nazarene University's Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program and the Center for Enriching Relationships' professional clinic. His clinical experience and history includes having worked as a family therapist staff member at Charter Behavioral Health System of Kansas City, a psychiatric hospital once located in Overland Park, Kansas. 

A veteran university professor, Dr. Welch is currently an Adjunct Clinical Psychology Professor at Azusa Pacific University's graduate program, an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University's Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program, and an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University's undergraduate psychology department. He has also accepted invitations to lecture and serve as Adjunct Professor at Friends University and Point Loma Nazarene University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry (his alma mater). 

Therapeutic Approach

The type of therapy you will receive is a problem solving systemic approach. This means that the focus of therapy will be an understanding of your goals for treatment and working together to solve these problems in a focused and planned way. This may include assignments to be completed between sessions. Also treatment will look at the systems in which you and your situation exist including family, work, religion, society, etc., and seek to understand how these factors affect your situation.

Other areas where Dr. Welch may assist you and/or your family:

  • Medicare Provider

  • EMDR and CBT treatments for trauma

  • Persistent problems with a child's behavior, school adjustment, and performance

  • Feelings of depression, failure, anxiety, and loneliness

  • Difficulty in talking with family members, friends, and co-workers

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Repeated financial difficulties

  • Drastic weight fluctuations and irregular eating patterns

  • Chronic work difficulties and frequent job changes

  • Unmanageable anger, hostility, and violence

  • Persistent feelings of dissatisfaction with marriage and family life

  • Persistent difficulty coping with stresses arising from life crises such as death, divorce, acute and chronic illness and unemployment

  • Stepfamily adjustments

  • Sex Therapy Specialties: working with couples on sexual issues in their marriage from communication around sexuality to dysfunction to specific difficulties, such as low desire and arousal, erectile dysfunction, vaginal pain, premature ejaculation, and orgasmic dysfunction.

  • Parent/Child Relationship

  • Play Therapy with school age beginning at age 3 for ADHD, frustration tolerance, anger, trauma, conflict resolution

Dr. Welch, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Enriching Relationships, Inc. website:

The Center for Enriching Relationships, Inc. accomplishes its mission as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt counseling center supplying professional psychotherapy services with biblically consistent approaches and other resources at reasonable and affordable fees while serving San Diego's underserved populations.

Professional Speaking, Teaching and Writing:

  • Speaking engagements include preaching in a variety of denominations nationwide, revivals held at many churches, seminars on the family nationwide, keynote addresses at statewide organizations, original research presented at national conferences, radio guest appearances, and a monthly live streamed "My Therapist 'Sez'..." broadcast

  • A wide variety of articles in magazines, biblical commentaries and methodologies, and newspapers including Point Loma Nazarene University ViewPoint Magazine, Group Publishing, The Preachers Magazine, Bible Study Methodologies for Word Action Publishing, World Mission Magazine, and the Kansas City Star newspaper

  • Contributions to several books and devotionals including the Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education (Baker Books) and Introducing Christian Education (Baker Books), Nazarene Publishing House, and Beacon Hill Press

  • Editor for Quest for Success (a College Guide for Freshman university students)

  • Editoral Advisory Board for the Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association

  • Foreward for a 2005 book, For Better or for Worse (Tate Publishing)

  • Video on Learning How to FORGIVE Ourselves As We forgive Each Other (Word Action Publishing)

Degrees and Licenses:

  • M.S. in Family Therapy from Friends University (1998)

  • Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas (1994)

  • M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry/Theology from Nazarene Theological Seminary (1986)

  • M.A. in Religion from Point Loma Nazarene University (1980)

  • B.A. in Religion from Point Loma Nazarene University with minor in Psychology (1978)

  • Certificate in Youth Ministries, Point Loma Nazarene University (1978)

  • Licensed in the state of Kansas as a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (#090) since 1998

  • Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (2005)

  • Ordained Minister in the Church of the Nazarene since 1985

  • Ordained Minister-Supply in The Wesleyan Church since 2007

  • California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #MFC 50129


  • Clinical Member in the American Association of Marriage and Family

  • Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Member, Kansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis® (T-JTA®) Authorized Instructor

  • Certified Human Behavior Consultant, Uniquely You, Inc.

  • Presenter, Prepare and Enrich, Life Innovations, Inc.

  • SYMBIS Facilitator

  • Extensive Training from American Board of Christian Sex Therapists

Faculty and Administrative Associations:

  • 2009 - Present, Azusa Pacific University, San Diego, California: Adjunct Professor in the M.S. Clinical Psychology department

  • 2006 - Present, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California: Adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology and Adjunct professor in the Point Loma Nazarene University Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program

  • 1989-2005, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas: Coordinator, Department of Christian Education, Professor of Christian Education and Family Studies, Chairman of the Division of Management and Human Relations, Professor and supervisor of graduate students in the Masters in Counseling Program

  • 2001, Friends University, Wichita, Kansas: Adjunct Professor in the graduate Family Therapy program

  • 1989-1991, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri: Associate Registrar

  • 1979-1983, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California: Resident Director, Associate Dean of Students, and Assistant Chaplain

Pastoral Experiences:

  • 2006-present, Counseling Pastor (part-time), Skyline Church, Rancho San Diego, California:

  • 1987-2006, Interim Pastor of six churches in California, Kansas and Missouri

  • 1987-1989, Pastoral Ministries Coordinator, International Headquarters, Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1983-1987, Senior Minister, Rainbow Boulevard Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, Kansas

  • 1981-1983, Director of College Ministries, First Church of the Nazarene, San Diego, California

Honors and Awards:

  • Senator Joel Anderson California Heroes Award, 2018

  • Trademark Top Doctors of America Honors Edition, 2018

  • Top Ten Pro-Family Heroes of 2015 (on Defend The

  • Strathmore's Who's Who, 2011

  • Continental Who's Who, 2011

  • Who's Who Alliance, 2010

  • Distinguished Professionals Online, 2010/2011

  • Presidential Who's Who, 2010

  • Biltmore Who’s Who, 2007

  • Cambridge Who’s Who, 2006

  • National Registers Who’s Who In Executives and Professionals, 2006

  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002, 2004, 2005

  • Gamma Epsilon Donald S. Metz Award for Distinctive Academic Contributions (Teacher of the Year by vote of faculty and student body), MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2000-2001

  • Chi Psy Honor Society, 1998

  • International Who’s Who of Professionals, 1997

  • Outstanding Young Men In America: 1983, 1984, 1986


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