Meet the Expert Behind
 The Relationship Protocol

Hi! I’m Debra Roberts, LCSW

I want to change the way people think about relationships and communication! My model looks at what's happening today between people - Helping them to build stronger connections, understand and demonstrate compassion for the other person's experience and effectively (and swiftly:) resolve differences.

I developed the Relationship Protocol after 20+ years of successfully working with challenging relationships in my private practice. From quickly turning around struggling personal relationships, to enhancing business leadership skills and customer relationships, these communication tools have powerful and positive impact.

I've witnessed the transformation of hundreds of relationships from hopeless to hopeful in a short period of time using the Relationship Protocol model (the RP).

Here's my method in a nutshell - I teach people how to talk to each other so their relationships can thrive. 

Whether you are in need of help communicating at home in your personal life, or at work, if you are unsure about building relationships with customers or helping your team to work cooperatively, the RP can provide you with the necessary tools to grow confidence and be successful.

Good communication is essential for solving problems and it builds a strong foundation for all  relationships, at home and in the office. 

When there’s a breakdown in communication, people feel stuck, confused, unappreciated, or misunderstood. Over time, the disconnect causes more problems, such as loneliness, resentment, etc. 

I wrote my book, The Relationship Protocol, because I want to help more people. This model is for everyone!

“If you give someone helpful tools for communicating, you’re not only going to quickly improve their relationships and their confidence, but you’ll change their life for the better.”

Effective Communication = Healthy Relationships


How did the Relationship Protocol evolve?

I’ve always been someone who wants to help others. As a teenager, I called a drug abuse hotline on behalf of a close friend and the hotline worker was so helpful. 

This “stranger” knew right away I was in over my head. While I was taken aback by her concern for me, her words were spot on. I knew then, that someday I wanted to be that helping person for other people.

In my first 20 years as a social worker, I worked in nonprofits organizations, had on-the-job training and frontline experience working with troubled youth, and in poverty legal services, a mental health clinic and more. 

My skills were constantly put to the test having to assess situations in challenging, often crisis-oriented settings. This is where I learned that communication shapes our relationships.

Focusing on the relationship in the present (vs. the past), making people feel comfortable, and teaching them to be effective communicators is what generates movement. My 20+ years in private practice working with relationships and consulting with business owners, has been derived from that premise. That’s why my RP model with its practical communication tools are proven, unique and powerful!

This is a common sense approach. The RP teaches:

  • the mandatory ingredients that are necessary for ALL healthy relationships, and
  • how to navigate conversations, bring up and address sensitive topics, resolve differences, and repair and build trusting relationships. 

Everyone can benefit from using the RP!

Now, I’m on an important mission to get this everyday communication model out into the world! I sure hope you’ll join me. 

Also, don't forget to sign up for my mailing list so I can keep you updated when new things are happening. I'm glad you're here today!

In The Media

WCBS - GutwiZdom: WiZdoms on Health & Wellness


Thrive Global

Check out the latest articles published by Debra on Thrive Global, covering topics such as dealing with unhealthy behaviors, communication, and self-care.

LI Love: How to build healthier relationships

Watch Debra on News 12 TV as she talks with Carol Silva about healthy relationships and how to address conflict in a constructive way.

WCBS Newsradio - GutWiZdom Radio Broadcast

Debra joins Deidre and JG to discuss her simple and practical approach to making relationships and communication less complicated.

How to Communicate with your Team and Your Clients Effectively with Debra Roberts

Listen to Debra talk about effective team and client communication on the Accelerating CFO podcast.

When Your Partner Checks Out During Parenting Moments

It happens. And it's natural. Here's what to do to make it happen less frequently.

"Special Needs Planning: More than Special Needs Trust”
Beth Polner Abrahams, Esq for The Senior Lawyer

For families who do not have the financial resources to hire a conflict coach but acknowledge the need to develop a method of communication to address disagreements pre-or post-divorce, including when there is a special needs child, this book provides step-by-step guidance to develop those skills. Full article available to subscribers of The Senior Lawyer.

How to Be the Best Damn Listener You Can Be

It's simple: a better listener is a better husband. Debra offers some helpful suggestions in this article by Steve Calechman on 

Love & Friendship: Expert Tips for Lifelong Marriage Happiness
by Melissa Erickson for Gatehouse Media

This article appeared in Sunday magazine sections across the country. It suggests that marrying your best friend can lead to greater and longer lasting happiness. In the article, Debra offers helpful tips for building a healthier marital relationship and a friendship.


Other Media Appearances



Watch Debra on News 12 TV talk about focusing on the relationship.

Marketing Tips from a Non-Marketer w/ guest Debra Roberts of The Relationship Protocol!


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