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Dr. Tahmineh Nikookar, Dr. TCM, North Vancouver

Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science was first recommended to me by one of my colleagues.  But prior to signing up for the course, I started researching all the other possibilities in this field, before making any decisions.  The conclusion was – Coastal would be the best possible choice for me.  I registered and studied there and it was a pleasant journey for me.  Therefore I would highly recommend this Academy, for various reasons, to anyone interested in having high quality training in Hypnotherapy and to be well prepared and feel secure after graduating from a hypnosis course.

The standards at the school are high on so many levels.  The instructors, whom I met and trained with, were well trained, professional, caring and compassionate.

The training I received at Coastal Academy has been amazing and has met all of my needs and expectations due to the great amount of information covered in the course materials.  The program is well designed.  I am sure when you leave the school after your graduation you will feel well trained, confident and prepared to deal with any situation as a hypnotherapist.  It is an outstanding school, which extensively covers both techniques and theories at the same time.

When graduated, you will easily be able to apply your new skills in your work environment with confidence.  On a personal level you will also benefit from gained knowledge in your daily life.

Here I would like to give credit to Leslie McIntosh , for the academy’s success, to her vast knowledge and great ability to create such a high quality of training at the academy and at the same time create a pleasant and relaxing environment to learn in.

Leslie is a wonderful and outstanding teacher with extensive knowledge in hypnosis. She is very creative, has an open mind and is a teacher with great wisdom.  She is a great guide, extremely supportive, and always there for you, even after your graduation.

Jackie Kania, Surrey

I chose Coastal Academy of Hypnotherapy after researching and interviewing numerous schools across Canada, and it proved to be an excellent choice. I entered the course with zero knowledge of hypnosis and graduated 4weeks later feeling very confident in my abilities to provide Hypnotherapy to clients in need. Numerous inductions were taught, and the majority of the training was done hands on, with very little use of video based training. Leslie is an excellent instructor, ensuring you fully understand the course content and processes, keeps the class size small so no one gets left behind, and has a wonderful caring nature about her that will very much put you at ease. I highly recommend Coastal Academy as your “first choice” to learn Hypnotherapy!” This course exceeded my expectation- the variety and unbiased presentation of all practices and procedures allows the student to work with what best suits their individual characters. it’s the best value I have ever received. Leslie your incredibly vast knowledge and professionalism has been an inspiring example. I especially appreciated the spiritual content and the care and respect taken to insure that our own biases do not influence the level of care that our clients will get from us. We have been well trained in client-based therapy. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kim Boudreau, Cloverdale

Coastal Academy is one of the best schools I have ever attended. Leslie not only teaches you, she shares all of her skills and knowledge. Leslie has a way of making everyone understand the entire course material. When you leave this course you have the both the knowledge and skills to start your own business. You are always welcome back to freshen up your skills and meet other students. Thank you Leslie for sharing your knowledge and helping me to change my life

Jackie Maclean, Langley

Attending this training was one of the best gifts I have given myself.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started this course but I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge and a toolbox of techniques to assist my clients in their healing journey.
This training has far exceeded my expectations! In fact, being in a non-healing business ,this has tremendously helped me in my business and I am confident it will help anyone in business, marketing & sales, teaching, management, medicine and the healing arts.
Leslie McIntosh is knowledgeable and helps create an experiential environment that fosters ultimate learning with extreme passion, humor, sensitivity, and creativity with the utmost professional focus. 
I highly recommend Coastal Academy because they continually update their training with the most up-to-date practices.
I have left Coastal Academy feeling secure that I am now able to improve peoples’ lives dramatically utilizing my new found knowledge.

Kathrine Churchill ,White Rock

Leslie has excellent ability for challenging and motivating her students. I appreciate the exceptional talent she demonstrates with both regression and past life regression therapy guiding individuals through the process in ways that work best for each person. She also eagerly gets involved in many different ways to increase public awareness of the benefits of Hypnotherapy thus raising the profile of the profession. 

Chris Loughlin, Nanaimo

Taking the Hypnotherapy course with Coastal Academy, not only gave me a new career – but a new outlook on life. It has been the most valuable investment I have ever made, both personally and business wise. 

Vivian Belbeck, White Rock

The amount of information covered and learned was amazing. It has helped me immensely for my own personal growth and I look forward to a very rewarding career.

Dr. Grace Judio-Kah, Indonesia

Excellent course! I’m glad I decided to choose your Academy. Thanks a lot

Ashfan Ramji, West Vancouver

Great 3 week course which couldn’t have been better. Great peers. I can think of no better place to refer someone with a sincere interest in the profession of Hypnotherapy.

Karmyn Ayn, Calgary

There is one lasting gift that I can give in appreciation for the knowledge, wisdom and empowerment that Leslie shared with me during my course. That gift is to take what I learned and continue to apply the techniques as I move through life for the higher good of all. The course was a very positive investment, for myself personally, and an added benefit for the people I help in therapy. I have easily incorporated the skills I learned into my holistic practice and have many ideas for creatively applying Hypnotherapy in my business. I also recommend this course to people that are interested in taking an evolutionary step in their personal development, and are open to expanding their awareness of themselves and changing self-defeating patterns. It’s always an inside job, to change our lives, we must change ourselves. If you are a student that is ready, know that the teacher has appeared.

Karen Laskey, New Westminster

I found Coastal Academy’s Clinical Hypnotherapy Program to be outstanding. The curriculum is extensive and thorough, and having had previous training in Hypnotherapy, the knowledge of techniques and theories I have acquired in this program has been extremely beneficial and greatly improved my skills and confidence as an effective Hypnotherapist. In addition, Leslie’s professional and relaxed teaching style nurtures a learning environment of trust, respect and fun.

Candida Maghzian, Iran

I am so happy I chose this course. I feel I am well prepared to deal with any situation that may present itself in Hypnosis. Thank You!

Basia Urbanski, Edmonton

This has been a life changing experience for me. Having been a practicing RN for over 20 years, this course has opened up new ways of seeing old problems- thereby making cures possible. I have grown and expanded so much in these 3 weeks and for that I am forever grateful. 

Joelle Touchette ND, Hong Kong

It was such a supportive learning environment. Thank you Leslie. I felt as though I had come in search of myself- and I left having found it. Thank you!

Sandra A. Smith, BA, MH, CH.t, PhD , Abbotsford

“Without reservation, I highly recommend Coastal Academy of Hypnotherapy.  The curriculum content is extensive and presented in a comprehensive manner that is conducive for all learning styles.  Leslie McIntosh has a rare ability to create a comfortable, safe learning environment that nurtures a student’s ability to grasp the concepts and objectives of the course being offered.  Students have an opportunity to gain confidence and knowledge through a balanced combination of reading material, oral presentations, written and practical experience. This allows a graduate to leave the academy confident in their ability to apply the new skills they have acquired to both their personal and professional life.

Bonnie Goldstone, Abbotsford

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel excited to get started.  Not only am I confident to begin my Hypnotherapy practice, but this has been a growing period for me as well.  This I did not really expect but am pleasantly surprised. I can see how this will really help my clients balance hormones and improve their heart and arterial health.

Alicia Fairclough, Australia

The three week intensive program is brilliant. Leslie knows her craft & presents it beautifully. I feel privileged to have been part of such a program and to have been taught by one of the very best. Thank you Leslie!

Raj Penumatcha, India

The course is very professionally designed. Leslie is a very accomplished and experienced teacher and a very great guide.

Janice Lesley, Burnaby

I would recommend attending Coastal Academy due to the high standards the school holds to, on so many levels: – the overall classroom environment; the awareness of each student’s comfort level and learning style; the available supplies; the organization and amount of teaching material; the chance to meet graduates and other experienced hypnotherapists during the training; and finally the commitment and enthusiasm of the educators. I think the 4 week intensive course in not only good for learning about hypnosis but it is also an excellent tool to promote self growth. This is a great experience and an asset for any Student of Life.

Paul Pathy, New Westminster

Beginning this course I had no idea what to expect. Being a skeptic by nature I was pleasantly surprised to discover what valuable tool hypnosis would be for my life. I left the course feeling empowered that anything is possible. Because of the quality of training and of the deeply enriching personal experiences I received I highly recommend Coastal for anyone who wants to become an excellent Hypnotherapist.

Shauna Herter, Vancouver

Love the course, Love Leslie, Love my classroom dynamics. Great growth – personally and professionally. Leslie you are one of the very best instructors I have ever had the privilege to learn from. Your patience, wisdom and flexibility of delivering information is inspiring. Thank Thank Thank You!

Leslie Wakeman, B.Ed CHt, Manitoba

The Coastal Academy program offers a rich diversity of theory and methodology in the challenging but fascinating four week intensive program. Each day layers new understandings with prior knowledge. Leslie is an expert and her affirming teaching practices brought out the best in each student. I have left the academy with a depth of understanding and a vast tool kit that is helping me to reach many different clients in my practice.

After twenty years in education, I can attest to Leslie’s masterful teaching. A balanced approach to instruction, discussion and practice and accommodating the learning styles of adult students was outstanding. It is by far the best professional development I have experienced in years.

Monthly Archives: December 2013

Hypnotherapy and Belief?

by: Farzana Jaffer-Jeraj of Clearmind Hypnosis

I%name Hypnotherapy and Belief?
Is Hypnotherapy irreligious??

Just to stir the pot a bit…

What’s more logical?

The belief that we can transmit our thoughts via prayer to an invisible all powerful, omniscient God?


A practice that does not exclude the existence of a God and the ability for that God to hear one’s prayers and wishes, but that also scientifically and methodologically allows a person to use the biologically natural power of their mind in such a fashion that they are able to help themselves achieve their dreams?

Many people shy away from conversations about hypnosis because they were raised to believe hypnosis goes against religion and God. Some of my closest friends felt precisely this way. They found this information useful and upon their urging you’re getting it.

Let’s start at the beginning.Once upon a time, hypnosis was seen as a practice of mysticism. It was thought of as a power of mind control or mesmerism. In some cultures, people used hypnosis in their religious practices to enhance visions while other religions and cultures viewed hypnotism as a black art, one of witchcraft and shamanism. Over the years hypnosis has had many faces and still does today. The main question people wonder is if hypnosis (aka. the trance state) goes against God or religion?

As with any tool, the use of hypnosis varies based on the intention of the person who wields it. We all have different belief systems and Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists are no different. Really, I mean it, we are not all eccentric, new-age, crystal/indigo children! Okay, some of us are and the truth is that hypnosis can have spiritual and metaphysical applications; however, constant among all practices of hypnosis is science, specifically the science around normal healthy brain functioning.

What is a normal and healthy brain? There are many answers to this question, but the answer most related to the hypnosis question being discussed, is a brain with healthy circadian rythms. Each day a normal healthy brain will transition through various brainwave frequencies. There are four frequencies. Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. The only frequency that doesn’t involve hypnotic trance is the Beta frequency. All other frequencies take people into trance. Alpha being the lightest level of trance and Delta being the deepest. You may have heard of deep delta sleep being very important for a persons’ overall health physically, mentally, emotionally and arguably spiritually. A person with a healthy brain will experience all of the various depths of hypnosis daily as they move through their natural waking and sleeping cycles.

This is a scientific and naturally occurring process that if interrupted can cause significant distress in a person’s life beginning with insomnia, anxiety and depression and the list goes on.

What many people do not realize is that each time an individual does any of the following things their brainwaves register them as being in a trance state or in a state of hypnosis. People enter into trance anytime they:
• attend a prayer service and participate in scripted dialogues
• pray with deep emotional intensity and/or intention
• pray or meditate with mantras or chants or use incantations (i.e. pray the rosary)
• engage in repetitive physical activity (i.e. cycling, running, tribal dancing, spinning in place like Whirling Dervishes)
• use relaxation techniques with visualization in sports training to play in ‘the zone’
• listen to music where they zone out (i.e. any favourite tune, tribal drumming, trance/dance, Gregorian chant…)
• drive a car or bus to work without realizing how they got there
• zone out in meetings, presentations or when people are having long conversations with them
• pass into hypnosis for a few moments during the process of falling asleep

Did you know that all children spend their childhood in a light state of trance that begins to lessen around 6 to 8 years of age and diminishes around the age of 14. Children’s sponge-like ability to learn is often attributed to this trance state. As you can see, the trance state of hypnosis occurs naturally as part of our biological development as well as during many activities including religious practices. Hypnosis is nothing more than simple brainwave frequencies that people experience everyday. It is biologically natural and thus occurs naturally all the time, especially during prayer and worship.

I digress but with purpose. Let us now return to what many fear about religion, hypnosis and hypnotherapy. The most common fear is that it is sinful and goes against God’s will.

It is hard to believe that something that naturally occurs when people are praying could be viewed as a practice that is against God or that is ‘satanic’ in origin. In fact, when people are asking for things such as faith and patience in their prayers, they are biologically shifting into a light state of trance (that is scientifically measurable) and are self-hypnotizing themselves (even if they didn’t know it) with the very things they would like to have more of. Simply put, thoughts given attention to in the trance state take hold and can bring about change. Such is the nature of hypnosis as is the nature of prayer and meditation. However, in prayer also taken into account is the belief that prayers, thoughts, and intentions are being sent to God or Whomever or Whatever one prays to.

Almost all religions and spiritual practices promote meditation. Meditation actually occurs at the same brainwave-frequency as Hypnosis!

However, if we believe that God designed us from top to bottom, then perhaps we should be asking why we were designed to experience hypnosis on a daily basis. Should we not consider that perhaps these naturally occurring processes were in fact intended for our daily functioning, our spiritual and emotional health and betterment? If its naturally occurring within us, isn’t it probably there for a reason?

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