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About Debra


Debra Macleod, B.A., J.D. is an international marriage expert, marital mediator, coach, author and program creator. Her innovative method, “Fair, but Aware” approach, and two decades of experience have helped countless people rebuild their marriage on the foundation of a romantic partnership. Debra offers a practical and plainspoken alternative to couples counseling and specializes in cases where one spouse is currently more motivated to work on the marriage.

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 shifted the focus of her practice to marital / couples mediation designed to help couples stay together and opened her innovative Marriage SOS relationship coaching practice. Eventually, her practice segued into one which primarily helped individual spouses who were facing an uncooperative spouse, or a spouse with a different agenda (e.g. an ongoing affair), and who required unique guidance to bring a spirit of cooperation, commitment and collaboration back into the marriage.

Debra’s method combines her “hard” training 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 balances the needs, feelings, and perspectives of both partners, and offers real-world solutions for challenging situations. 

Credentials:  Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) and a Juris Doctor.  She is a trained mediator.

Media:  Debra has served as an expert resource for major media in North America and worldwide. Her past television appearances include FOX TV, CBC, GLOBAL TV, CTV, and regular relationship segments on SHAW TV and CITY TV.  Her radio appearances include multiple guest spots on XM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio, regular relationship segments on Virgin Radio and Corus Radio, and guest spots on numerous local, national and syndicated radio programs in North America.

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, Canadian Press, THE NEW YORK TIMES and Fox News, and her work has received coverage in such newspapers as USA TODAY, 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, Yahoo.com, canada.com, CBS.com, msn.com, 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 websites and web portals.

And personally: Debra has been married to her husband Don since 2001 and often collaborates with him to provide relationship help. They have one son.