Doug Ritchie



Masters of Counselling Psychology

Specialties: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Adult Mental Health and Addictions

Main Affiliations:

adler-university vancouver-costal-health

When and why did you join Alongside You?

I have just joined Alongside You (December 2017) and am very excited. I chose Alongside You because of the connections I felt with Andrew and Meg Neufeld, and the overall vision they held for their practice.


What is your day-to-day role at Alongside You?

My day-to-day role at Alongside You will vary as I become more and more involved with the practice – but right now I plan on co-facilitating both an adolescent DBT group and an adult addictions group, both as a counsellor. As well, I’ll be available for 1 on 1 individual counselling at various times throughout the week.


What skills do you need for your role at Alongside You?

The skills I need for my role at Alongside You are compassion, effective and attentive listening, and curiosity.


What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is getting to meet new people and to hear their stories, while interacting with them in a meaningful way. Feeling in any way that I’ve been helpful to people’s struggles or challenges makes me feel humbled and is the ultimate reward.


What do you love the most about Alongside You?

I love how connected Andrew and Meg are to their community in Delta. I think that’s the sign of true “good work”, when people aren’t working for themselves but are working for their community, which I feel Andrew and Meg are doing. I love all the different types of services and groups Alongside You offers their community and I think that shows how invested the practice is to helping and healing all parts of their community.


What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of my job is waking up in the morning! Just like everyone else.


What would you be doing if you did not pursue the career path you have right now?

If I weren’t pursuing the career I currently am I think I would be training to be a comedy writer. I don’t know what that training looks like exactly, but I’ve read books about shows like The Simpsons (my all-time favourite) and Saturday Night Live and working in those writing rooms just sounds like the greatest job of all time.


How do you relax when you are outside of work?

I relax by going to the movies! I love going to the movies by myself so I don’t have to share my popcorn or compromise on where to sit. Call me anti-social but the movies are where I go to truly relax.


What do you consider the most important value?

Hm. This is a hard one because I think there are many values that guide the way I live my life. One of my values that I take pride in is that of creativity – perhaps a bit of a different response than expected but let me briefly explain. I think doing things and thinking in ways that are creative shows and allows for true caring, and requires attunement and an ‘in the moment’ mindset. Not to mention it often results in personal enjoyment of the task at hand and creates a sense of empowerment. Ask me sometime about how I’ve been guided by my value of ‘creativity’ lately, I’d love to have a conversation about it and about what creativity might look like in your life.


What kind of organizations/networks/communities are you connected/associated with?

Currently I also work for Vancouver Coastal Health and am frequently attending workshops and gatherings on a range of topics, from learning how to be an effective male ally and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and its usefulness, to opioid crisis interventions and strategies. I also play on a hockey team and do improv comedy! Or at least I try…