What People Have to Say About Working with Ronna:
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.
I have had the honor of being in the Couples Institute Master Mentor Group with Ronna. I have found Ronna brilliant, funny, and passionate about her trade. Her command of the Enneagram has helped push my own professional and personal development. She has a gift for sharing knowledge that will build your professional skills. Learning more about the developmental piece of the Enneagram from her has helped me become a better couples therapist, as I am able to use the knowledge from Ronna to understand my clients more and work with them faster. Her exuberant loving energy warms my heart and I am grateful to know her. And I truly appreciate her openness to all Nine Types and teaching me to learn more about the path to wellness.
Thanks again for another amazing session. I am still in awe of your work. I am giving your email to our Clinical Director. I also gave your info to a dear friend of mine. You facilitate shift happening and I sense the deep sacredness in the belly of your work!
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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!
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.
Ronna helped me see myself through the Enneagram in a whole new way. Previously I had used the Enneagram, but never felt quite right about the “type” the assessments identified for me. Ronna had me take the Enneagram test again, and then drew out and deeply listened to my experience of the Enneagram and of my personal growth over time. We looked over the new results, which were somewhat confusing, and she interpreted them with nuance and subtlety. I truly felt “seen” by her, and through her skillful exploration and interpretation, the Enneagram became a meaningful, accurate, and useful lens for looking at my approach to life. What a gift! Ronna’s understanding of this tool is so much deeper and wider than I ever thought possible, and her positivity and focus on gifts was inspiring and uplifting. If you have been curious about the Enneagram for yourself or your clients, or have had an unsatisfying experience of it in the past, I strongly recommend Ronna as an instructor, a guide, and an individual interpreter.
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!
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.
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!
What Audiences are Saying about Training with Ronna & her Colleagues:
The Ritch-Joy Group Professional Trainings: Teaching partners, Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie, CLC & Michelle Wangler-Joy, MFT, are adding their own theoretical voice to the couples counseling specialization circle, with their ground-breaking professional training for helping professionals who work with couples, integrating couple development with personality development using the Enneagram system.
Fantastic workshop! I appreciate how Ronna and Michelle lead the workshop with rich, concrete information, useful experiential exercises, and sharing of their own experience working with clients of different personalities.
-YaHuei Ci, MFTI, Campbell, CA
Excellent presentation! This is a wonderful lens for couples work. Even if you aren’t familiar with the Enneagram, this is enough information to get you started. The day flew by and left me wanting more!
-Janet, Campbell, CA
This workshop is a very rich experience of knowledge and the use of practical interventions with couples!
-Beth Calmack, FMFT, Los Gatos, CA
Ronna and Michelle are quite a dynamic team. I appreciated the personality differences they brought to the presentation. Both clinicians displayed their wealth of experience through stories and examples of the personality types. This was an introduction to the Enneagram, and I feel capable of using the principles with clients right away.
-Karla A Brown, MFT Intern, Campbell, CA
Riso-Hudson Authorized Workshops withDr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie and Dr. Roxanne Howe-Murphy Teaching partners, Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie and Dr. Roxanne Howe-Murphy, were authorized as the first generation of EI teachers in the USA to offer workshops previously taught only by Don Riso or Russ Hudson.
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.
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. Tht is what I call huge work. I can sense my own transformation and growth, which bring me a sense of fulfillment besides giving me the certainty of having a better impact on my clients. Thank you!
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!
What workshop participants have said about this team: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!
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.
Ronna and Roxanne created a container by their presence which allowed for further presence to arise. The experience is very impactful. I appreciated the short exercise applications after material was presented. The repeated emphasis 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.
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.
Thanks to both of you for modeling your humanity – strengths, vulnerabilities and sharing of your personal and spiritual growth. I look forward to attending future workshops.
I have been familiar with Enneagram work through books and my own study. I was not able to bring the material alive in any way that was usable. This workshop with Roxanne and Ronna brought the material to life. They were masterful at presenting a huge amount of knowledge in a way that was lucid, clean, and accessible. In addition, the experiential nature of the workshop went far beyond anything you could ever read in a book!
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.
This workshop took the message of the Enneagram to a deeper level.
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.
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.
What a wonderful class! THANKS A MILLION to two great women of growth, willing to lead the way for many.
Riso and Hudson are lucky to have you two teaching this work!
Beautiful connection between these two facilitators – resonates and flows with their powerful material. Thank you!
Roxanne and Ronna are very skillful at leading the discussions and bringing out the best in people.
Studying the Enneagram is hugely helpful in having insight, compassion, and tools for being on this human journey. Roxanne and Ronna presented a lot of complex work with clarity and heart.
You two provide an excellent pairing as teachers. Thank you for holding the group with all its differing needs. The Levels are an incredibly valuable aspect of learning about all of the Types in each of us.
With the depth of this material, it has been extremely helpful to have two guides such as Ronna and Roxanne to guide me through the places where I went unconscious. Just reading about this doesn’t work as well. Thank you for helping me to remember who I really am.