Meet the Expert Behind The Relationship Protocol

Hi! I’m Debra Roberts, LCSW

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). My RP method in a nutshell – I teach people how to talk to each other so they can feel more comfortable and confident communicating.

When there’s a breakdown in communication, people feel stuck, unappreciated, or misunderstood. Over time, the disconnect causes more problems, such as loneliness, resentment, etc.  Good communication is essential in solving problems and it builds a strong foundation for all types of relationships.

My simple yet practical approach offers new and experienced professionals, in all fields and work settings:

  • the mandatory ingredients required for a healthy relationship, and
  • an easy to follow system for navigating effective communication, including, bringing up sensitive topics, defusing and de-escalating conflicts, and repairing and building trusting relationships.

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, had on-the-job training and frontline experience working with troubled youth, 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 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 25+ years in private practice working with relationships has been derived from that premise. And, I've been in the trenches... working primarily with difficult, hopeless and challenging relationships, all types of relationships. That’s why my Relationship Protocol model has practical communication tools that are proven, unique and powerful. 

I wrote my book, The Relationship Protocol, because, “If you give someone basic information and helpful tools for communicating, you’re not only going to improve their relationships, but you’ll change their life for the better.”  The book describes the RP model in easy to read and friendly language. The model itself is a common sense approach that can benefit all relationships.

I'm honored and proud to say that hundreds of professionals have been trained in the Relationship Protocol model and they are using it successfully in their work! Now, I’m on an important mission to get this everyday communication model out into the world! I sure hope you’ll join me.

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