Dr. Donald W. Welch Bio
Donald W. Welch, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Founder and Executive Director
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:
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
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.
Play Therapy with school age beginning at age 3 for ADHD, frustration tolerance, anger, trauma, conflict resolution
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 Family.com)
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
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
Edy Johnson Bio
Edy graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilization. Immediately after college, she began working in the business office of a local skilled nursing facility. The ownership expanded by purchasing additional nursing facilities and Edy’s responsibilities grew with them. She oversaw the business offices for their five facilities, while also becoming a California Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. After twenty-six years in that industry, she shifted into the public accounting field, as a Staff Accountant for nine years. In 2017, Edy took another step and began her own bookkeeping and business advice service.
Edy and her husband, Keith, have lived in the San Diego area for over 40 years and are parents of a married, adult son.
Dr. Nikki Watkins Bio
Nikki Watkins, Psy.D., LMFT#89120
Director of Maple Leaf Counseling Services
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:
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.
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
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
CER Phone: (619) 858-3105 x 120
Selena Idioma Bio
CER Phone: (619) 858-3105 x 120