Convenient & Customized Telephone Consultations Available Across Canada

Don’t trust your relationship to a generalist. Get specialized help from Canada’s leading expert on preventing and recovering from affairs, inappropriate opposite-sex friendships, cyber-dating and other broken-trust issues.  Debra also helps individuals and couples improve communication, interactions and intimacy.

Email or call (403) 505-0466 (local Alberta)
or 1-888-295-2843 (toll free in Canada) to speak with me directly.

 **Telephone consults are often available on short notice**

Is Marriage SOS right for you?


Debra Macleod, B.A., LL.B., is a couples mediator and top-selling relationship author-expert who has helped countless people keep their marriages and families together through her innovative practice of “shuffle mediation.”  This “one partner at a time” approach involves separate telephone consults with each client, resulting in a convenient, collaborative and low-conflict way to get couples on the same page as quickly as possible, and to tackle problems in a positive way.

“There’s counselling – and then there’s my approach.  It’s no-nonsense, insightful and fair to both partners.  I don’t “side” with one partner or the other, and I don’t let sessions deteriorate into finger-pointing; however, I will tell you what you might need to hear (even if it isn’t what you want to hear) to have a happier, healthier relationship.  If you want practical strategies to move forward in a positive way, I will do my very best for you.”


Marriage SOS is ideal for partners working together or working alone.  Telephone consults offer immediate strategies to help partners rebuild and reconnect, even if just one partner is ready or willing to seek help.

Marriage SOS takes a three-stage approach:


S: Stabilize the situation so that matters do not become worse and partners are able to keep the lines of communication open, work together and begin to move forward.

O: Overcome specific problems via practical measures and improved interactions and communication, so that couples can understand their issues, resolve them, and re-commit to their relationship.

S: Strengthen the overall relationship (i.e. communication, intimacy, interactions, finances, parenting, the use of technology, etc.) so that couples can enjoy a happier, healthier relationship in the future.


The Couples in Crisis Book – Your Fast & Effective Self-Help Option

“Deb’s books could kick-start a wreck of a relationship back into high gear.”

~ Sue Johansen of Oxygen’s Talk Sex

“For a sagging relationship, you can get the spark back again if the book’s instructions are followed.”

~ The Washington Post

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“Most people spend the largest part of their adulthood slogging through committed relationships, and they need  books like this.”

Library Journal


Don't take my word for it - hear what people I've consulted with are saying.

Deb, thanks again for talking to me on the phone yesterday, especially as there was no way he’d go with me to see someone. I tried two of the strategies we talked about & he was completely shocked. We actually went for a walk & talked for a whole hour! He even gave me a big hug in the kitchen when we got home. First time in years. Fingers crossed!

DM Woman Final RightJessicaCalgary, AB

We tried couples counseling but for us it was just a bitch session. We found your one-on-one approach made us both relax & be honest about how we were treating each other. It motivated each of us to do our part. It was a very eye-opening & positive experience & we felt that you were really pulling for us & our marriage. Love that you’re a straight shooter.

DM man final RightPaulVancouver, BC

It was a stupid mistake & I handled it all wrong. You made me see how what I was doing was backfiring, and got me to understand what my wife was going through. Things began to get better right after we talked. I couldn’t have done it without your no-BS advice. As a guy it’s hard to find someone who gets us (I know you’ve been married a long time, so that helps).

DM man final RightJohnHigh Level, AB

I knew they weren’t “just friends” with all the secretive texting & hours on the computer. We hadn’t been a “real” couple in a long time, just roommates co-existing. Now I see both sides of it & we’re reconnecting as partners, friends, lovers, the works. Your advice was so practical & specific – exactly what I needed. Thank you so much, Deb.

DM Woman Final Right LiuToronto, ON

Check out my full range of relationship books

Couples In Crisis


A fast and innovative approach to rebuild trust and revive a marriage, without talking it to death. No psycho-babble, just straight-up and urgent-based advice that actually works.


Marriage SOS

Crisis care for a variety of problems from broken trust to blended familes and everything in between. Offers 30 “lifelines” to rescue a relationship in one month.

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Real-world, gloves-are-off advice and strategies to help partners, bio and step-parents create a happy, healthy blended family unit while simultaneously strengthening their marriage or relationship.

MSOS Oilpatch

Marriage SOS: Oilpatch Edition

Targets and tackles the most common problems seen in oilpatch relationships. Offers marriage-saving “checkpoints” for Days On and Days Off.

NOTE: Marriage SOS is NOT suitable in cases of abuse, trauma, mental illness/disorder
or where crisis intervention is required. Seek help from the appropriate resource – such
as the police, a lawyer or a mental health practitioner – ASAP.

Marriage SOS
Marriage SOS is the private practice of Debra Macleod, B.A., LL.B., a leading relationship author-expert in Canada and the United States.
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