SERVICES FOR COUPLES:   Optimizing Your Partnership Dynamics!

Couples!  Your ability to love, work, and/or play together well and be a high functioning team is MOST impacted by your Level of Development  –  BOTH your personal psychological and spiritual development AND your level of development as as a couple, as a team.  That kind of psycho-spiritual and relational progress is where we focus your work here at THE RELATIONSHIP DOCTOR.    Your best relational life is our goal:   using powerful coaching interventions that promote couple or dating fulfillment.    And those interventions are masterfully personalized with insights into your individual Enneagram of Personality Style growth work.

To create and maintain a high functioning partnership, it’s a good idea to understand your and your partner’s ways of being in the world (your personality styles)….that is, what each of you tend to do when you’re more healthy and relaxed as opposed to when you are more unhealthy and stressed. And it’s also helpful to know what stage of growth you two are in as a couple (your couple developmental stage), that is where the growing edges are in your relationship. Once you start living in more awareness of those two relational development markers, we can then focus on expanding your thinking, feeling, and action options through coaching and other activities proven to support and streamline the specific parts of your relational growth process you are facing.

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The Benefits of Working with Ronna Compared to Working with Other “Couples” Counselors:

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A lot helping professionals do some form of marriage or couple counseling, however Dr. Ronna Phifer-Ritchie specializes in working with couples.  Her revolutionary approach to couples coaching integrates personality science, couple development theory, and the deep wisdom themes of scripture, in ways that create powerful forward movement and deeply satisfying results for clients in their relational growth journeys.

When choosing a coach or counselor to support your growth work as a couple, it is important to remember that most graduate programs in those fields do not include even one complete course on couples therapy.    In contrast, Ronna started her professional life as a psychotherapist and college professor who specialized in coaching and teaching couples who were heading into full-time ministry.   She has been coaching couples into healthier partnerships, and teaching the Couple Development Model, integrating that specialty with her work in personality, for almost three decades!    Today, Ronna continues in intense study in her specialization with two of the leading couples therapist in the world,  Dr. Ellyn Bader & Dr. Peter Pearson, authors of the Couple Development Model, in their “1 in 1,000” Master Mentorship program; as well as immersing herself in the work of other thought leaders in this exclusive circle of experts.    

Now, at the request of many of her colleagues in the field,  she and Michelle Wangler-Joy MA, 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.

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