Dr. Donald W. Welch, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist #LMFT 50129


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About Me:

I have been counseling couples, families, individuals, and professional athletes in various settings for approximately thirty years. As a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, ordained minister, professor, President, Founder and CEO of Enriching Relationships, Inc. (a biblically-based research and professional counseling seminar company), and owner/ director of Family Counseling Services, Inc. (San Diego County's first and now oldest Christian counseling center), I frequently speak about relationship issues at churches, conferences, retreats, and seminars throughout the United States.

I have worked as a family therapist staff member at Charter Behavioral Health System of Kansas City, a psychiatric hospital where substance abuse and addictions were treated utilizing Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-Step programming, medical pharmacological balancing, and mental health care. I frequently work directly with psychiatrists, physicians, pastors, counselors, teachers and other care-givers while treating my patients. I am also a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in Kansas where I have been in private practice since 1998. 

Premarital communication skill building, conflict management, communication enhancement, and improving relational interactions within family systems and organizations are specialties I offer to my clients. Due to my seminary education (including biblical language training) and pastoral experience (both as senior and associate pastor), I am able to apply biblical truth to relationship building for all ages.

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:

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

Dr. Welch, Founder and CEO 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.

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 
  • A wide variety of articles in magazines, biblical commentaries and methodologies, and newspapers including Point Loma Nazarene University ViewPoint Magazine, Group Publishing, The Preachers MagazineBible 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), and Nazarene Publishing House
  • 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)

Pastoral Experiences:

  • Counseling Pastor (part-time), Skyline Church, Rancho San Diego, California: www.SkylineChurch.org (2006-present)
  • Interim Pastor of six churches in California, Kansas and Missouri, (1987-2006)
  • 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

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, #LMFT 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
  • Certified Human Behavior Consultant, Uniquely You, Inc.
  • Presenter, Prepare and Enrich, Life Innovations, Inc.

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
  • 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

Honors and Awards:

  • 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), MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas (2000-2001)
  • Chi Psy Honor Society, 1998
  • International Who's Who of Professionals (1997)
  • Outstanding Young Men of America (1983, 1984, 1986)

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