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Hi, I'm Ronna Phifer-Ritchie  

Ronna The Relationship Doctor. The Best Relationships of Your Life! Get There!

Cupertino, United States
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About Ronna

My model of Relational Style Coaching helps you do the spiritual and psychological work that loosens up those limiting edges of personality style, so you are free to choose which strengths to use in each relational moment. 

Let’s get started on your journey into the best relationships of your life!

My Training and Qualifications

Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, PhD:  "Ronna The Relationship Doctor"

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology

  • MA, Marriage & Family Psychotherapy

  • Senior Faculty & Coach at the Center for Relationship/Silicon Valley

  • Riso-Hudson Enneagram Institute Authorized Workshop Presenter and Certified Professional Enneagram of Personality Teacher

  • MBTI Certified Practitioner

  • Certified Life Coach, ICF Approved Program

  • Co-director of the Enneagram Institute of the San Francisco Bay Area 

  • 5 years’ experience as an Enneagram of Personality journal article reviewer,  as member of Editorial Committee for the International Enneagram Association Professional Journal

  • 20+ years’ experience as a professional workshop facilitator, and relationship/personal growth coach

  • 10 years’ experience as a university professor in counseling psychology and as an academic counselor

My Coaching and Work Experience

Great relationships are really the result of developing a great relational life “practice.”  

Have you ever noticed how we all tend to have a favorite style of connecting with others and being in the world with them? It might be a caring style, an aggressive style, a fun adventurous style, … etc. 

This is normal, and can even be a healthy part of great relating. However, we all know that while that style can be our biggest strength in some situations, it can be our most profound weakness or blind spot in others. 

Our personality often tenses up in an attempt to help us cope with the current interpersonal demands, using patterns that have “worked” in some way in the past. These patterns can cause problems when used indiscriminately.

Customer Reviews

  • from R. Picchi on 11 May 2016

    When I identified my dominant instinctual nature, it opened up so much for me and I sunk into the place of liberation. Roxanne and Ronna have a very welcoming style, and did a super job of holding space for the group. I found it very helpful to be guided to get into my body throughout the workshop.


  • from Mary Keown-Watkins, MA, MFT on 13 Mar 2016

    I took this workshop as a professional seeking a solution to my yearning to combine therapy with spiritual healing. I’ve been a licensed psychotherapist for 20 years and more recently have become interested in developing my spiritual self.

    My spiritual journey has been so important to me that I’ve traveled across the world in search of chances to discover my authentic higher nature. As I began to get in touch with that true self, I wanted to help others in their spiritual quests. Herein lay my dilemma-I am a psychotherapist not a spiritual adviser and I wanted to remain a therapist. I vowed that I would not give up my profession nor my quest to integrate spirituality into my practice. I learned about the workshop online and after reading about the Enneagram, I wanted to know more and committed to attend this workshop.

    I went, I learned and I experienced. Most importantly, I found what I had known I would someday be led to. This workshop was my answer. Roxanne Howe-Murphy and Ronna Phifer-Ritchie are wise, warm and knowledgeable facilitators. So much of what they taught was not only from Riso-Hudson, but also grew out of their own experience in working with the Enneagram. The fact that they could really resonate with what they were delivering was quite apparent.

    As they augmented their delivery with inviting us to explore together as a group, they provided an amazing environment for us to fully participate with ourselves and each other. They worked wonderfully together while presenting a theory of personality development that spoke to my own experiential struggle to overcome this illusion of an ego-based life and embrace the reality of a spiritual one.

    This workshop provided me with the tools for self-awareness and a hope for transformation. I met myself at the divine level that I know I want to live and work from. I look forward to taking future workshops with them.


Customer Reviews

  • from R. Picchi on 11 May 2016

    When I identified my dominant instinctual nature, it opened up so much for me and I sunk into the place of liberation. Roxanne and Ronna have a very welcoming style, and did a super job of holding space for the group. I found it very helpful to be guided to get into my body throughout the workshop.


  • from Mary Keown-Watkins, MA, MFT on 13 Mar 2016

    I took this workshop as a professional seeking a solution to my yearning to combine therapy with spiritual healing. I’ve been a licensed psychotherapist for 20 years and more recently have become interested in developing my spiritual self.

    My spiritual journey has been so important to me that I’ve traveled across the world in search of chances to discover my authentic higher nature. As I began to get in touch with that true self, I wanted to help others in their spiritual quests. Herein lay my dilemma-I am a psychotherapist not a spiritual adviser and I wanted to remain a therapist. I vowed that I would not give up my profession nor my quest to integrate spirituality into my practice. I learned about the workshop online and after reading about the Enneagram, I wanted to know more and committed to attend this workshop.

    I went, I learned and I experienced. Most importantly, I found what I had known I would someday be led to. This workshop was my answer. Roxanne Howe-Murphy and Ronna Phifer-Ritchie are wise, warm and knowledgeable facilitators. So much of what they taught was not only from Riso-Hudson, but also grew out of their own experience in working with the Enneagram. The fact that they could really resonate with what they were delivering was quite apparent.

    As they augmented their delivery with inviting us to explore together as a group, they provided an amazing environment for us to fully participate with ourselves and each other. They worked wonderfully together while presenting a theory of personality development that spoke to my own experiential struggle to overcome this illusion of an ego-based life and embrace the reality of a spiritual one.

    This workshop provided me with the tools for self-awareness and a hope for transformation. I met myself at the divine level that I know I want to live and work from. I look forward to taking future workshops with them.


  • from Brian Brieling, MFT on 03 Mar 2016

    Roxanne and Ronna offer a safe container in which to embrace and transform our Enneagram patterns. This is the most useful day-to-day application of Riso-Hudson Enneagram material. Thank you for leading us through the experience in such a thoughtful, loving way.


  • from Irma Velasquez on 26 Feb 2016

    This workshop took the message of the Enneagram to a deeper level. – Irma Velasquez


  • from Samuel Schindler on 17 Jan 2016

    on the necessity of embodied awareness to the experience of presence is absolutely fundamental and deserves to be reinforced over and over, as it was.


  • from Lance Lee, PhD – Founder and President, Center for Relationship, Silicon Valley on 22 Oct 2015

    Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie is, by far, one of most brilliant, insightful and compassionate coaches that I know. She is a true Doctor of Relationships–gifted not only in her ability to understand and ‘get what is going on’ with her clients, but her ‘magic’ in transforming their personal lives and their most critical relationships. Ronna comes with a lifetime of experience and credentials, including career work as a counselor, professor, an expert and respected speaker on the national circuit, and a sought after consultant to schools, churches, and organizations. She is equally adept at ‘fixing an angry teen’ as she is at repairing hopeless marriages, and distraught, dysfunctional families. You will find in Ronna a capable advocate, an incredible coach, and a professional capable of taking you where you want to go, ‘for the best relationships of your life, and the best life you can lead.


  • from Non Profit Professional, Cupertino, CA on 02 Sep 2015

    When we finally recognize that a difficult life transition is not only challenging, but an opportunity, so many wonderful things can happen. Ronna, “the rock star” as I call her, was absolutely the right person at the right time in my life – she is authentic, funny, thoughtful, compassionate, and really smart – can you think of a better combination for someone in her line of work? She helped me find break through moments in my own journey for personal growth, she met me where I was for each of our sessions, respected my thinking, and gently but enthusiastically encouraged new ways to approach relationships. If you’re looking for someone who’s easy to talk to, thoughtful, and will help you find your unique path for growth, then Ronna is for you – she’s amazing !


  • from Maggie, Sales Professional on 21 Aug 2015

    In just two calls with you, I feel like I’ve grown more and learned more about myself than I have in 10 years. Forever grateful for having you in my life. Thank you.


  • from Rossi Joy Photography on 12 Jul 2015

    I want to thank you soo much for our session…! In 50 minutes you assisted me to return from a frenzied completely ungrounded state back to myself! That was such an incredible gift. The evening continued to be stressful but I remained in myself, and navigated it much more skillfully. The next day, I was more empowered and I had a breakthrough in feeling more competent. I completed the week with a sense of optimism. ….Thank you so much Ronna! Your work is super inspiring!


  • from Catherine Hayes, Director, Special Projects at Health Resources in Action on 11 Jul 2015

    Ronna is a gifted teacher, coach and inspirational leader. She is an expert in the Enneagram which she uses to help her clients understand themselves and others with compassion. I highly recommend her as coach and teacher.


  • from Denny Stockdale, Author, Speaker, Facilitator at Stockdale Resource Group. on 26 Mar 2015

    Ronna is a dynamic and engaging presenter and consultant. She goes the extra mile to make sure people get value from her programs. Her warmth and high energy help people to feel safe and focus on what’s most important. I personally have received unlimited encouragement from this enthusiastic and energetic gal. I strongly recommend Ronna for any project.


  • from Celeste DeVaneaux on 22 Jan 2015

    This class was very full of insights regarding some of my lifelong patterns. In addition, my work requires a great deal of relationship management. This class gave me a lot of insight and tools to increase my effectiveness. Work will be pleased! And I am pleased! Thank you!


  • from Dr, Isabelle Lugo, DMD, CEC Puerto Rico, USA on 13 Jan 2015

    Another well-structure workshop where theory and knowledge are well-balanced with experiential exercises, allowing me to fully embody the learning. Presence is a major theme during the workshop, which reiterates the impeccability of the teaching. There is a palpable commitment not only to pass on knowledge but also to transform each and every one of us. That is what I call huge work. I can sense my own transformation and growth, which bring me a sense of fulfilment besides giving me the certainty of having a better impact on my clients. Thank you!


  • from Jan H, Bakersfield, CA on 13 Jan 2015

    In May 2009, I attended a Wisdom of the Enneagram workshop in Burlingame, CA, led by Roxanne Howe-Murphy and Ronna Phifer-Ritchie. My initial reservations as to whether I would be able to grasp the concepts and “get anything out of this” soon vanished — these gals are awesome. I soon realized that the Enneagram is a powerful tool and Roxanne and Ronna know how to teach it. For me there were lots of “ah-ha” moments and by the end of the workshop I walked away feeling that this was one of the most profound experiences of my life. It has left my hungry for more.


  • from David Pinkston Pastor – worship leader, Pasadena, California on 10 Dec 2014

    I’m simply dropping a note to say: THANK YOU!!! Your conference has deeply influenced and transformed my life – no understatement. I had not realized, even through all my contemplative training and exercising, how much I still had constricted Reality through Personality. That weekend helped me to objectively and compassionately teach me to be much more Present in all things… I cannot stress enough how much my life and ministry have been wonderfully affected/effected by what you all taught so well! Thank you, Roxanne and Ronna. You are fantastic teachers!! Presence really is the key to knowing oneself, relationships and Reality (God in our tradition). The conference really made the enneagram 3-dimensional (though I’m sure there are more dimensions to be discovered!) in my current use and understanding of it. This practice and teaching has really helped me on a deeper level to encounter God not as a Being but as Being itself. Deeply intimate and relational by definition.


  • from Anika D., Grad Student in Psychology. on 13 Nov 2014

    I benefited greatly from working with Ronna. She truly is an expert in her field. Ronna’s careful listening and insightful comments have allowed me to gain greater awareness about myself. I highly recommend Ronna to anyone who is looking to change their lives toward increased self understanding, increased personal productivity, and increased joy for life.


  • from Dr. Bev Weins, Chair, Counseling Psychology Department, William Jessup University. on 19 Sep 2014

    Ronna is an excellent presenter! She is energetic, well organized, and very engaging as she works with groups. No matter what she teaches, she stimulates involvement and motivation in her audience. She is just as effective as she works with individuals. I see Ronna as someone who is highly committed to the people with whom she works!


  • from Dr. Mary Anne Fifield, Clinical Director and Founder at The Addiction Recovery Center. on 26 Aug 2014

    Ronna has been a friend and colleague for years, a relationship for which I am grateful. Professionally she introduced me to the Enneagram, found I am a 5, an introduction which sent me down a path of learning that has enriched my life and my work. Her ability to explain the model and the finer points enabled me to grow in my grasp of the concepts. She is available and willing to answer any question — no matter how dumb I thought it was — with kindness and skill. She is a great presenter and an expert in her field.


  • from Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D., Founder, Author, Teacher and Coach, Deep Coaching Institute. on 29 Jul 2014

    Ronna has been an astonishing teaching partner for years. She connects with her audience with such intelligence. Students often remark about her ability to convey profound knowledge with clarity, compassion and respect. She is a dream to co-teach with–her ability to flow with her teaching partner and with what is happening in the room with students makes for an exquisite teaching and learning experience. Thank you, Ronna!


  • from Susan Bishop

    I cannot say enough good things about the workshop. These are very exciting ideas, and I’m finding them immediately useful. Much joy and gratitude.