Debra Macleod, B.A., LL.B., is a relationship author-expert and conflict specialist who offers a no-nonsense alternative to couples counseling. She specializes in cases where one spouse is currently more motivated to save the marriage from an affair, overly intimate friendship, apathy, or other issue.
How she started doing what she does: After law school, Debra began doing divorce mediation. It was during this time that she first realized how many divorcing couples – including those who had tried couples counseling and other approaches– hadn’t received the type of direct and low-conflict relationship help that might have saved their marriages. As a result, she began using her skill set to help couples stay together, opening her couples mediation / relationship coaching practice, Marriage SOS.
From office practice to online courses: After several years of running a successful office practice, Debra streamlined her innovative method into issue-specific course format and expanded her practice online. It is now a premier destination for online marriage-saving programs that are delivered in a “crash course” way. Each program is modeled on the particular format, content, and approach that she used in the office to help spouses deal with their specific marriage crisis, whether an affair, inappropriate friendship, midlife crisis, marital apathy or chronic arguing.
Debra’s method combines her “hard” background in law, conflict resolution, mediation and communication with her “softer” experience as a marriage / intimacy author and relationship coach. It is an intelligently grounded, pragmatic and plainspoken way to approach relationship issues, one that appeals to men and women. Her trademark “Fair, but Aware” approach is unbiased, balances the needs, feelings, and perspectives of both partners, and offers real-world solutions for challenging situations.
Media: Debra has served as an expert resource for major media in North America and worldwide. Her television credentials include FOX TV, CBC, GLOBAL TV, CTV, CITY TV and SHAW TV. She has appeared on XM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio as well as numerous local, national and syndicated radio programs in Canada and the United States.
Debra has been seen in popular international women’s and men’s magazines, including ELLE, COSMOPOLITAN, REDBOOK, BRIDAL GUIDE, SHAPE, ESQUIRE, MEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE, WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE, WOMAN’S ERA (India), TODAY’S PARENT, READER’S DIGEST and ENTREPRENEUR. She has also contributed to various health and industry magazines, from APPLE to THE OGM (Oil & Gas). Her pieces in THE HUFF POST have appeared in multiple editions including the USA, Canada, Arabi, Korea and Brazil.
In addition, she has been interviewed by the Associated Press and the Canadian Press, and her work has received worldwide coverage in such newspapers as USA TODAY, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE DAILY MAIL, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE TORONTO STAR, THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, THE NATIONAL POST, SUN and other local, national and international newspapers.
Debra has also been seen in such popular web destinations as TODAY.com, CafeMom.com, canada.com, CBS.com, msn.com, the Loop by Sympatico, News.com.au (Australia), USA TODAY’s “Happily Ever After” book reviews blog, AskMen.com, SheKnows.com and others. Her articles have been syndicated to multiple web portals.
Credentials: Debra holds a law degree and is a trained mediator. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction. She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada.
Just in case Debra’s credentials strike you as a little “stuffy,” fear not. There’s a good reason that she’s able to pull so many couples out of conflict or apathy and bring them back to a place of trust and happiness. Not only is she an experienced couples mediator, but her unique approach respects the essential connection between emotional and sexual intimacy within marriage. In addition to her Marriage SOS book series, her past work as an intimacy author (writing with her co-author husband) informs her professional method and makes it even more relevant to today’s couples. After all, the couple that plays together stays together.
And personally: Debra has been married (since 2000) to her husband Don: they have one son.