Hi! I'm Debra Roberts
For more than 20 years, 5 days a week, 6 hours a day, I have had conversations with people who are struggling to say what they want to say.
I get you.
I talk to people who are not living the life they want because they can’t say what they want to say...they don’t know how to talk to each other.
I watch their interactions (like a hawk) and witness the conversation breakdown, and the relationship deteriorate. People get frustrated and either lash out in anger or shut down, not knowing what to do or say. When there’s a breakdown in communication, people usually disconnect from each other. And when you don’t know how to recover, everything can fall apart.
It feels complicated and layered. But not to me.
“After doing this work for a long time,
I’m like a laser beam. I don’t miss much.”
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than teaching communication skills and seeing almost immediately, the same people go from feeling stuck and frustrated to experiencing a positive change. It’s amazing to watch!
Relationships are transformed, careers are launched, self-esteem grows exponentially, and the individuals have a new and different, more fulfilling life with the significant people in their lives.
The change from feeling frustrated and distressed to hopeful can happen fast. Whether it’s an inner-office conflict, a situation that shattered your confidence, or you’ve been struggling to communicate with a loved one... I want to help.
“It doesn’t matter what your situation is,
I’ve seen it, and I have a reputation
of turning things around quickly.”
I'm a social worker. In my early years at nonprofits, I got to work with troubled youths, poverty legal services, a mental health clinic and more. It was impactful work. This is where I learned that communication shapes relationships.
My 20+ years in private practice working with both personal relationships and consulting with business owners has been derived from the premise that change and movement are important, especially in the beginning. I have been in the trenches working with all types of difficult, hopeless and challenging relationships.
“My Relationship Protocol model
has practical communication tools –
proven, unique and powerful.”
In my book, The Relationship Protocol: How to Talk, Defuse and Build Healthier Relationships I teach people how to have effective and uncomplicated communication. The book describes the RP model in easy to read terms. The model itself is a common-sense approach that can benefit all relationships. And I know from many years of experience - if you give someone helpful, actionable tools for communicating, you’re not only going to improve their relationships, but you’ll grow their confidence and change their quality of life for the better.
Let’s transform how people think about communication! Learn how to resolve differences, speak thoughtfully and become stronger together.