Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, PhD Professional Relationship Coach & Trainer

Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie has been a coach, consultant, professor, public speaker/workshop leader, and author in the field of relational health, during the past three decades of her career.  That rich professional history has filled her with enthusiasm for relationship enhancement work because it has led her to the conclusion that we influence the world in profound and powerful ways through our greatest relationships.Ronna is a specialist in the professional application of the Enneagram of Personality in relationship coaching, enhancing relational health for couples, teams and individuals.   She is the official USA Representative of the Madanes School of Enneagram Coaching  and the Co-director of the Enneagram Institute of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as an Authorized  Riso/Hudson Enneagram Institute Workshop Presenter.   Additionally, Ronna has served as a member of the editorial committee for the International Enneagram Association Professional Journal and has been part of the curriculum development team for the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Institute Enneagram Teacher Certification Training.   She is also a Certified Practitioner of the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator for College and Career Counseling.

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Ronna is currently engaged in a book and professional training development project on relational health and personality development.  She is the co-founder of and develops cutting edge training for  psychotherapists, coaches, pastors and other helping professionals on using the Enneagram of Personality to revolutionize their work with couples.   Ronna has been a technical writer for several other publications in the field of personality science.   And she has a formidable passion for helping individuals broaden and optimize personality style as a developmental pathway to true spiritual progress.  She is a researcher in relationships and personality styles, and continues in advanced studies in couples counseling in the “1 in 1,000 Master Mentoring Program” at the Bader & Pearson Couples Institute.


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“1 in 1,000” Master Mentoring Graduate 

Ronna holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Her doctoral research focused on the intersection of post-modern Christian spirituality, the Enneagram of Personality, and the broader field of personality science.  Ronna is a professional member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) & the American Psychological Association (APA). She is an ICF Certified Life Coach through Coach for Life, and an ICF Certified Professional Coach (Cd.).

Ronna is a frequently requested workshop leader, delivering dynamic trainings that use humor and experiential learning to accelerate personality style awareness and relational life enhancement in audience members.  She served as a faculty professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at William Jessup University; and continues to work with college students, helping them develop effective relationship skills that help them successfully navigate the interpersonal challenges in the dating world.  Ronna delights in cultivating relational wisdom, relational resilience and relational style development in individuals and organizations facing any kind of transition.  She has completed advanced studies in group dynamics, conflict resolution and mediation.


In her spare time, Ronna is the drummer in her husband’s gospel band, and an amateur competitive ballroom dancer.   She is godmother to one very special niece, and the wife of David Ritchie, a Bay Area musician!  


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Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, PhD is a Professional Relationship Coach, and Enneagram of Personality Expert. Her Specialty is Accelerating Couples' Developmental Journeys by Integrating Personality Development Work Into the Coaching Process. Ronna is the Founder of THE RELATIONSHIP DOCTOR Coaching Service, & Co-founder of the THE RItCH JOY GROUP (HELPMORECOUPLES.COM), offering Professional Trainings for Therapists, Coaches, & Pastors, based on a Theoretically Integrated Model for using the Enneagram Personality System to Accelerate Couple Development and Break Through Stubborn Impasses in Couples Work. She is the Author of the RELATIONSHIP BUILDERS BLOG, a Technical Writer for Several Enneagram of Personality Publications and Training Programs, and a Frequently Requested Retreat Speaker and Workshop Facilitator in the Area of Personality Style Development and Relational Health.