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This is not a drill


Cop coach teaches first responders how to healthfully integrate the difficult experiences you have every day with the rest of your lives. You are not just the job. You’re a parent, friend, co-worker, son, daughter, partner and community leader.  


Cop Coach is not therapy. Like any elite athlete, coaching helps you be your best in all parts of your life, on and off the job. As you rise in the ranks of your department, we also can help you learn how to effectively manage teams, clearly communicate as a leader, and create a departmental environment of trust and respect.

What Cop Coach Is and Isn't

As a first responder, you play a critical component of a healthy society, but that means you see, hear and feel things no one else could possibly understand, from heartbreaking response calls that come too late, to changing perceptions of the police as a positive part of civil society, to the dark humor that helps first responders manage difficult but natural emotions. 


Compartmentalizing those experiences, rather than processing them, can eventually lead to lapses in judgment, loss of empathy, risky behavior and struggles in your personal life. 

We are not therapists. While trusted counseling is critical to processing the immediate impacts of the job, we provide tools and tactics to help you thrive outside the uniform, both on the job and at home. 

About Me


Every fire in the line of duty can be met with grace and humanity.



The Cop Coach Experience Helps First Responders:
  • Find new ways to build trust

  • Learn methods to work through emotional pain

  • Hone empathic skills

  • Learn the five steps to managing stress and anxiety

  • Manage current shifts in cultural perception as a peace officer

  • Deal with feelings of being under constant, sometimes negative, scrutiny

Get Started


To find out more about Cop Coach and how it can work for your first responders, please complete this form and she’ll contact you within 48 hours.

Carmen understands the shift in cultural perception and helps first responders manage the feelings of being under constant scrutiny. 

Who we are

Carmen Ekdahl is a former city police dispatcher who understands the unique challenges facing first responders.


With more than a decade of coaching and consulting experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors, she understands the unique needs of the first responders, coaching in their own language, using humor, strength, resilience and integrity as foundations of her practice. She considers it an honor to be a champion for and serve those who serve.

  • Awarded the Telecommunications Officer of the Year for the State of Georgia by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO)

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI)

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) accreditation from the International Coach Federation (ICF)

  • Bachelors of Science in Social Science from the University of Maryland

Carmen teaches skills to manage stressors while creating new inspiration and authority over your personal and professional life.



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