Chris & Kathryn   

Chris Linford LCol, (retired) BScN, CD and Kathryn Linford. 

Chris and Kathryn are the co founders of the COPE Program and have based it mainly on the strategies that worked for them during their two-decade battle with PTSD in the home. They are the face and voice of COPE as well as play a “support couple” role in the delivery of each program.

     Tim Black     

Dr Tim Black, PhD., R Psych.

Dr. Black has been a researcher in the area of military to civilian transition for over 15 years, is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology and Department Chair of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. He is Co-Founder of the Veterans Transition Network (VTN) and Co-developer of the VTN Transition Course and the COPE Program (Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday), assisting Canadian Forces Veterans in their transition to civilian life and assisting veterans and their spouses as they deal with the effects of PTSD.

     Stu Hoover     

Dr. Stu Hoover, PhD., R Psych

Dr. Stu Hoover is a registered psychologist in Edmonton, Alberta. He holds degrees in mathematics, economics and counselling psychology, and has previously worked as a commodity trader in the Alberta energy sector as well as an economic analyst for the federal department of industry in Ottawa. Stu specializes in group counselling, trauma work, and working with men in personal and career development domains.

      Paul Whitehead     

Dr. Paul Whitehead, Ph.D., CCC, R Psych.

Paul Whitehead is a Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor with the Family Practice Department of the University of British Columbia. He is also a consultant to the Centre for Practitioner Renewal at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, BC. He has extensive experience in the treatment of trauma, sexual abuse and men's issues. His interests include the treatment of traumatic stress, vicarious traumatic stress, work-related stress and compassion fatigue in both individual and group settings. Paul provides therapy to individuals and working groups, as well as educational and professional development programs for employees and physicians at Providence Health Care, as well as facilitating programs for the Veterans Transition Network and COPE.

      Megan McElheran      

Dr. Megan McElheran, PsyD. R Psych.

Dr. Megan McElheran is a Clinical Psychologist and Executive Director of WGM Psychology and Associates, a psychology practice in Calgary, AB. that specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of trauma and PTSD. Dr. McElheran completed graduate training at Stanford University, during which she obtained specialized training in the treatment of PTSD through the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park, CA. She continues to focus on work with first responders, and her clinical practice involves work with active-duty members of the Canadian Forces, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, medical personnel and others who are directly or vicariously impacted by traumatic events.

      Claudine Barrette     

Claudine Barrette, M.PS

As a clinical psychologist, Claudine Barrette has extensive experience with victims of trauma and has a particular interest in best practices with regards to crisis intervention. She works with children and adults, both individually and in groups. She has vast experience with members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families. Her experience also includes 12 years as part of a crisis unit working with various stakeholders for emergency services such as police, paramedics and firemen. A two-year stay in India, combined with other work experiences in sub-Saharan Africa have given her the ability to work in difficult and complex situations and a strong understanding of the difficulties faced by those returning home from intense and sometimes traumatic environments.

     Alex Sterling     

Alex Sterling, RCC, MA, Counselling Psych

Cultivating authentic connections with people and using my expertise to support them on a human-to-human level is what drew me to the counselling profession. What sustains me in this career is the honour and privilege of working alongside people during some of the most painful periods of their lives - I believe that to share one’s pain and imperfections with another person requires the utmost courage. Finally, what truly makes this work fulfilling is that I get to help people move through their suffering to a place of greater overall wellbeing. We each have our own stories, strengths, and wounds, but I believe we also share some common human experiences that link us to each other. One of the greatest shared experiences that we as humans have is the pursuit of healthy, loving relationships. That is one of the reasons why I find work with couples so inspiring and rewarding.

      Paulo Matos      

Paulo Matos, Ph.D. Candidate, RCC.

Paulo Matos is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia. Since 1995, Paulo has pursued his passion for counselling by working with diverse populations including youth and adult offenders, people with severe mental illnesses, and couples and families. He has developed and led groups on anger management and social anxiety, and is a member of the Veterans Transition Program. In addition, Paulo has extensive university teaching experience, including courses in introductory psychology, psychopathology, and social psychology.


Brad Hardie

Stress & Chaos Management
Certified EQ-i 2.0/EQ360
360º Reach Personal Brand Assessment Certified Founder of Moving the Human Spirit
Consultant LHH Knightsbridge, Couples Coach Vancouver Neuroscience Exploration Group Chair

Brad’s intuitive talent to connect deeply with anyone in a matter of minutes has earned him a reputation as one of the best Mentors and Life Coaches. He guides his clients with an interactive process of exploration of thoughts, feelings and behavior for the purpose of problem solving and achieving higher levels of functioning. He uses structural influence to achieve best result scenarios for growth and advancement, with an aim to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. Brad employs a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient and to improve group relationships (corporation or family).

Brad continues to contribute to the well-being and self-improvement of numerous individuals and businesses. He is further refining his work on Stress and Chaos Management and Neuro Human Development. Brad has a distinctive gift for the advancement of personal human growth through trauma management and stress recovery.



Susan Hogarth  

Full Spectrum Relationship Coaching
Certified EQ-i 2.0/EQ360
Coaching Culture Initiative
Learning Specialist, Sacred Gifts Certified Guide Reiki & Qigong Practitioner

Susan has a knack for helping people with their vision. She has a high level of professionalism that she brings to all her clients sessions. She is known for her relationship coaching with individuals, couples and groups and can deliver high impact change with her skills. Susan has an ability to personalize each session for her clients specific requirements and healing goals. Her integrative approach meets her client where they are presently in their healing process and creates a more balanced and healthy lifestyle which anchors future success. Susan has received several certificates in the area of Coaching, a Masters
in Neurolinguistic Programming, certification in Emotional Intelligence and in Sacred Gifts as a guide.

She has worked endlessly with gifted children and their parents, righting the path for their futures to be filled with productive communication and purpose. She plays an integral role in community and the human expression of authentic self. Through tremendous growth and self experience, Susan has realized her strengths in relationship coaching and brings all her talent to each session.


Cindy Hogg

Leadership & Mindfulness
Certified EQ-i 2.0/EQ360
ICA Facilitation, Registered ICF Mentor Coach Sacred Gifts Certified Guide

Cindy has a very natural and easy abil-ity for connection with all people from all walks of life. Those who have worked with Cindy describe the experience of her deep professional care and love, her elegance and true connection to spirit. Cindy radiates with flexibility, spontaneity and adventure in all as-pects of her life. Cindy has years of exposure as a liaison for corporations, entrepreneurs, communities, various First Nations cul-tures, families and individuals from all walks of life. She continues, in concep-tualizing, developing and implementing successful companies as well as lead-ing edge thoughts and technologies in land development and community building.

Combining all of this with Solution Focused Conversations and Coaching Methods, she engages her clients and helps them achieve results that work! Cindy’s experience, exposure and training has led her to working with others who are engaged in “Moving The Human Spirit”. She has a particular interest in Health and Wellness for all, on every level of human consciousness - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Her grass-roots approach is evident in her mantra: A healthy indi-vidual - creates a healthy world.


Laura Spiegel

BSc, PCC, ECPC, CMC, MNLP Certified EQ-i 2.0/EQ360
EMI Therapist, ICF Impact Award (2013)
Founder of BodyMind Interactive
Registered ICF Mentor Coach

Laura’s Coaching Approach is about offering the opportunity for clients to find solutions to perceived challenges by expanding their perspectives. With deeper awareness, new patterns of thinking and creative approaches be-come accessible. Ultimately, the clients are empowered with the ability to make choices that are aligned with their values and goals. Laura specializes in coaching her clients to learn about how their mindset and behaviours either serve or sabotage them. Recently, she has focused on those seeking to reach their personal best after suffering physical or emotional injury.

Ultimately, her clients are empowered with the ability to make choices that are aligned with their values and goals. Her clients have the willingness to make constructive changes so they may lead happy and engaging lives, both personally and professionally.