Dr. Donald W. Welch Bio

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Donald W. Welch, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
#LMFT 50129
Founder and Executive Director
Clinical Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Phone: (619) 858-3105 x 130

The Center for Enriching Relationships, Inc. (CER) (www.cersandiego.org) 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. This center was first incorporated in Kansas (2003) by Donald W. Welch, Ph.D., MFT.

Previously, Dr. Welch had served sixteen years (fourteen full-time) as Professor of Christian Education and Family Studies at MidAmerica Nazarene University, in Olathe, Kansas where he received the Gamma Epsilon Donald S. Metz award for Distinctive Academic Contributions (voted Teacher of the Year by faculty and student body) and was also included in several editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

In 2005, Dr. Welch left his full-time teaching post to move his family and Enriching Relationships, Inc. to California where he currently serves as Founder Executive Director of the Center for Enriching Relationships™.

 

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 (LMFT 50129). 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, and an undergraduate and graduate Adjunct Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University. 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). 

Dr. Welch, a Top Ten Pro-Family Heroes of 2015 additionally headed up the MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Department of Christian Education, and created the popular Youth and Family Ministry bachelor’s degree program where young men and women were being prepared to assist families with this century’s impending challenges. For five years, he was MNU’s chairman of the Division of Management and Human Relations where Dr. Welch led in the growth of a degree program focused on developing relationships in leadership and management. He is included in Presidential Who's Who, International Who’s Who of Professionals, National Registers in Executives and Professionals, Cambridge Who’s Who, Biltmore Who’s Who, and several publications of Outstanding Young Men of America.

As an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Rev. Welch has served as senior, associate and interim/preaching pastor in California, Kansas, and Missouri. Currently he serves as the Counseling and Marriage Savers Pastor at Skyline Church in San Diego California. In addition to offering counseling services at Skyline, he oversees the Marriage Savers Ministry a multifaceted team of 50 volunteers who help couples develop stronger marriages. At this local church, Dr. Welch moderates a monthly panel of trained and licensed marriage and family therapists, clinical psychologists and medical physicians called “My Therapist ‘Sez’…” Dr. Welch and his wife have also led a number of benevolent teams around the world distributing food and constructing buildings.

Dr. Welch’s educational credentials are as follows: The B.A. and M.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California; a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri; the M.S. in Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas; and, the Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. He is a Clinical Member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Certified Human Behavior Consultant, a member of the Kansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. Welch is happily married and he and his wife have two teenagers.

Other areas of expertise where Dr. Welch may assist you, your family, your school or organization:

  • Persistent problems with a child’s behavior, school adjustment, or performance

  • Sexual Concerns

  • Feelings of depression, failure, anxiety, or loneliness

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

  • Alcohol or drug abuse

  • Repeated financial difficulties

  • Drastic weight fluctuations or irregular eating patterns

  • Chronic work difficulties or frequent job changes

  • Unmanageable anger, hostility, or violence

  • Persistent feelings of dissatisfaction with marriage or family life

  • Difficulty coping with stress arising from life crises such as death,
    divorce, acute or chronic illness, or unemployment


Robin Welch Bio

A former middle school teacher, MidAmerica Nazarene University Assistant Professor, and Family Counseling Services CFO, Robin currently serves as the Center for Enriching Relationships CFO/COO.  She has an earned Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master in Science degree in Library Sciences and Information Systems Technology from Emporia State University in Kansas.  She and her husband, Dr. Welch, founded Enriching Relationships in 2002 in Kansas where they were professors at MidAmerica Nazarene University.  For the past eleven years, Robin has co-taught a popular Skyline Church couples class with her husband which averages 130 people per week.  Prior to the past eleven years, Robin traveled for ten years with her husband where they presented a couples seminar in 12 different states.

CER Phone (619) 858-3105 x 120


Dr. Jennifer Konzen Bio

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Jennifer Konzen, Psy.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
#LMFT 51241
Director of The Center
for Sexuality for Improving Marital Intimacy and Sexual Health
Phone: (619) 858-3105 x 145

Joy. Peace. Success. Healthy, happy relationships. It takes guts to say to someone, “Could you help me get there?” In combining my background in biblical counseling with my work as a therapist, my goal in therapy is to draw out the heart, build hope, facilitate open, safe communication, and help provide practical, faith building, and real life tools for spiritual, mental, and emotional change.

Before pursuing training in marriage and family therapy, I have had the joy of providing biblical counseling with couples, families, and individuals for the last 20 years. In therapy, I have worked with couples who have wanted to renew the fire in their love life and sexual relationship as well with others who are no longer communicating or have been on the brink of divorce. I have worked with parents on how to build a rewarding, close relationship with their children while maintaining clear discipline. I have counseled individual men and women who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, sexual abuse, and childhood and partner violence, and am a certified counselor for Chemical Dependency. I have worked with children and adolescents who have a hard time sitting still in class, argue with their peers, teachers, and parents, or felt unmotivated, depressed or suicidal. Working through issues like these and others with couples, families, and individuals has given me a great respect and admiration for the amazing, resilient people I have had the privilege of helping.

Speaking and Groups


More Than Imagined! 
     – Group Marriage Intensive for enrichment or couples in crisis
The Intimate Marriage
     – Group or Individual Couple Sex Therapy
Satisfied Marriage 
     – Smalley Intensive based on DNA of Relationships
Training Them in Love
     – Parenting Classes and Workshops for birth through grade school
In His Image Workshop
     – The Impact of Media and Body Image on Eating Disorders
     – for women or mother/daughter
The Power of Parenting
     – Preparing for the teen years
Chemical Dependency
Recovery Support Groups


Professional Experience


MARITAL COUNSELING - conflict resolution, effective communication, sexual relationship, infidelity, unity, cultural differences, military deployment
PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING (including Prepare/Enrich)
SEX THERAPY – working with couples on sexual issues in their marriage from communication around sexuality to dysfunction
INDIVIDUALS - depression, stress and anxiety, anger management, grief, sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, mental illness
ADDICTION AND RECOVERY - drug, alcohol, gambling, and sexual addictions
FAMILY THERAPY - treatment with the whole family
PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING
ADOLESCENT COUNSELING - school issues, divorce, depression, drugs and alcohol, relationship conflicts, eating disorders, self harm, suicidal thoughts, gangs
PLAY THERAPY - school age beginning at age 3: 
ADHD, frustration tolerance, anger, trauma, conflict resolution
MUSIC THERAPY - using music and instruments to help identify and express emotions



Education, Training, Experience, and Professional Affiliations

  • BM in Musical Theater and Vocal Performance, Arizona State University, AZ

  • MA in Marital and Family Therapy, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA

  • Professional Associate Member of the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists

  • Post Graduate Courses in Music and Play Therapy

  • Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor

  • Specialized training in Love and Respect Intensive

  • Trained in Emotion Focused Therapy

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

  • Trained Facilitator for Dynamic Marriage

  • Languages: Sign Language (Exact English/ASL)

  • Ministry Work: Women’s Counselor Intern, Deaf Ministry, Teen and Preteen Ministry Leader

  • Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, Palomar Family Counseling Service (AAMFT)

  • California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #LMFT 60514


Dr. Nikki Watkins Bio

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Nikki Watkins, Psy.D., LMFT#89120

Director of Maple Leaf Counseling Services

Phone: 619-858-3105

Dr. Nikki Watkins is the Lead Clinician at the Cohen Veterans Network at Veterans Village of San Diego. In this position, her primary roles are: Providing psychotherapy services to post 9/11 veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan; Oversight of clinical staff; and Providing clinical supervision to AMFT/ACSW/APCC students.

During her 12-year career in the field of mental health, Dr. Watkins has worked in a variety of roles. Her first role was as a practicum student at the San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM), where she reluctantly agreed to work with the homeless population. After just a few short weeks, her heart opened up to the residents of the homeless shelter and a passion to help the marginalized was born. In an effort to understand the full experience of the residents, Dr. Watkins joined the programmatic side and served as a Case Manager, Social Worker, and Program Director.

After leaving for six months to work in community mental health, Dr. Watkins return back to SDRM as the Vice President of Clinical Programs. In this role she oversaw three residential programs, an emergency shelter, a pre-school for homeless children, an outpatient mental health clinic, and a program servicing homeless recovering from medical procedures. While in this role, Dr. Watkins was able to foster a partnership between SDRM with Family Health Centers and San Diego Continuing Education. After leaving SDRM, Dr. Watkins continued her passion of providing mental health services to those that are often forgotten about by working with parolees/probationers.

Dr. Watkins specializes in providing therapeutic services to individuals and families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, pre-mature birth, or illness. Having experienced the loss of a baby herself, she understands the need to have a caring professional walk with the family on the grief journey.

Dr. Watkins is also experienced in providing therapy in the following areas:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • PostPartum

  • PTSD

  • Pre-marital

  • Grief

Dr. Watkins is an adjunct professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Southern California Seminary. She is also active at her church by serving on the prayer team, facilitating GriefShare, co-leading a growth group, and more recently joining the prison ministry at Donovan Prison.

Education:

  • BA Journalism (Minor in Psychology) – San Diego State University, 1993

  • MA Counseling Psychology – Southern California Seminary, 2008

  • MA Religious Studies – Southern California Seminary, 2009

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology – Southern California Seminary, 2015

Professional Experience:

  • Various Roles at the San Diego Rescue Mission (Therapist, Case Manager, Social Worker, Program Director, and VP of Clinical Programs)

  • Full oversight of three outpatient mental health clinics servicing the parole and probation populations

  • Assistant Program Director over a 700-patient outpatient mental health clinic in the South Bay

  • Adjunct Professor at Southern California Seminary


Melissa DeGrazia Bio

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Selena Idioma Bio

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