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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

What’s Hypnosis? The key to unlocking the past (and your future).

Vancouver Hypnosis and Hypnotherapist Trainer Leslie McIntosh looks at the key to unlocking the past (and your future!)

Clinical Hypnotherapy has become a very popular way to make changes because it is quick to bypass the conscious and critical minds and can either deliver a new “picture or story” to the subconscious or can get to the root cause of a person’s issues- bringing permanent healing- or both.

Is it Magic?

Magic is the word that a lot of people use when they think about Hypnosis. When they see someone being hypnotized on Screen Shot 2014 09 10 at 11.35.43 AM 300x238 Whats Hypnosis? The key to unlocking the past (and your future).television, it is always appears surrounded by mystery, trickery and magic. It seems the person being hypnotized does not know what they are doing. In fact, it appears as though the Hypnotist is totally in control and has that poor hapless victim in some sort of state of doing anything they want them to do. That, folks, is entertainment. It doesn’t work that way in real life.

Hypnosis is something which really doesn’t have any mystery attached to it. It is a controlled science of the mind. It is a way to help the mind go into a natural state of relaxation normal to us in our day to day life. When a client is hypnotized by a Hypnotherapist who is well trained, her experience will feel like a lovely deep relaxation. That is exactly what it is- relaxation of the mind, which in turn can be used to relax the body as well. It is a method of finding a neutral place where our conscious and subconscious minds are simultaneously hearing and accepting the same message.

Natural Hypnosis

It is the way to allow ourselves the natural state that we enter so often each day on our own. Hypnosis is a state of knowing and awareness at a deep level, and yet, such relaxation that we don’t dwell on or pay attention to those things we are aware of.
Watch your children and see how often they go into that state in a day. Eyes open but bodies still.

An example of a time you naturally drift into this state may be a time such as when you are driving down the road, focussed on a situation or problem in your life, and you suddenly realize you have travelled a mile or two further than you thought you had because you were not aware of how much time had passed or how far you had driven.

The day I travelled through the Massey tunnel to Vancouver, and didn’t remember doing so was the day this really hit home for me. Although I knew it happened sometimes when I didn’t remember passing the gas station on the corner, or the library on the way home, I really became aware of how “out of it” we can get in this state when I drove through the tunnel without being aware of it. Driving through this route is something requiring focus and caution all on its own! But for me, who actually hit something lying on the road in the tunnel once and got two flat tires, to be so “out of it” was a shocker. I was flabbergasted by my total lack of awareness when I realized I had not only passed through the tunnel but I was miles further down the highway.
Was I aware of driving? Absolutely. Was I driving carefully? Certainly. But was I aware, at a conscious level, of doing it? Not at all. This is just one example of how we can be in a state of natural hypnosis as we go through the day.
Consider television. How often do you find yourself completely glued to a commercial? With the same numb focus you had during the television program you were watching, you may find yourself still in that state and absorbing the commercial the same way you absorbed the television program- in an altered state of awareness even though you knew you were watching television. You just didn’t realize at a conscious level that the program had ended and you were now soaking up the commercial. The television show and the commercial have put you into Hypnosis – but because it is natural state, you might call it daydreaming, or focus. In fact, it is simply a deep relaxation of the mind.

How can the Hypnotherapist help me and what can I do to help?

Nurtured is what you will feel when you are with a good Hypnotherapist, because putting your best interest first is what he or she has learned to do. They will help you, the client, achieve what you wish to achieve, with no judgement, no analysis and no diagnosis. This nurturing comes in the form of taking care of you from the minute you walk in the door. When you walk into an Ht’s (Hypnotherapist’s) office, it should be evident from the first moment that they will take care of you. Not baby you, not do whatever you want, not listen to your ramblings about what you think is wrong, but to get you into hypnosis and to find out from your subconscious mind what is actually causing your symptom, or condition, or situation, or problem.

Because of the respect and care they will give to you, you will be encouraged to let the Ht help you to use your imagination. That wonderful imagination that we all have and yet some of us don’t realize we have. The wonderful exciting feeling that comes from letting your most wonderful thoughts and dreams become a reality in your mind is second to none. Hypnosis is fun! And empowering!

When you are in hypnosis, you are enjoying the ability to make any changes you wish to make in life and your imagination is the key to doing that. You can make those changes because the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what we can imagine and what actually happened. Whether you are improving your golf swing by imagining you have the most perfect swing on the course, or whether you are re-writing the story of a childhood memory, your subconscious mind will accept whatever you can imagine-as long as you are in an altered state such as Hypnosis.

You don’t have to be able to visualize. You have many other senses that you use when you close your eyes and imagine. You have taste, sense of smell, ability to feel textures, feel temperatures, sensations, emotional feelings, and more. They are all a key part of your imagination and of creating change during hypnosis.

Try This:

Do this exercise at home: close your eyes when you are in a nice calm, safe place, and begin to pretend. Whether you pretend you are a knight on a white steed, or the princess in the tower, just let your imagination flow. You may be surprised at what you will “see”, or “sense”, or “pretend you see or sense”. Just getting the flow of imagination started will lead to a fun, few moments.
The wonderful altered state of hypnosis – a state of relaxation, combined with the use of our imagination- is a natural way to be. One we go in and out of it all day long. Hypnosis simply empowers you to use that natural ability to make positive changes in your life.

How do we get into that relaxed state with a Hypnotherapist?

The task of your Ht is to move you from your present “state” or “speed of brain wave”, to a much slower brain wave or “altered state”. There are many ways the Ht will do this. The foremost ingredient for Hypnosis is focus. Using focus, sound, touch, words, and various combinations of these things, the Ht will confuse the conscious and critical minds into standing down and becoming observers rather than protectors. They may hear everything, and even run a subliminal critique at the same time, but the important thing is that they are not impeding the flow of information to the subconscious. The Ht, with your cooperation, opens a clear pathway into the deepest parts of your subconscious mind- an open doorway to that amazing limitless knowledge residing at the very core of your mind.

At this juncture, I would like to assure that you will know exactly what you are doing and saying in Hypnosis. You can refuse to tell your Ht things. You can lie in Hypnosis. You can leave parts of your story out. But if you wish to find the very best solution to your problem, you are better to find an Ht you trust so you don’t feel you have to do any of those things and you will find yourself empowered to make whatever change or changes you wish to make.

Is it safe?

Hypnosis is completely safe when used by a properly trained Ht who has your best interests in mind. You may hear me use the term “well-trained” often. I am very passionate about this – for good reason. Hypnosis is no more dangerous than a hot red sports car. The safety of the passengers depends totally upon the driver. I recommend a well-trained driver for your trip into your subconscious mind.

The foregoing is an excerpt from Leslie McIntosh’s recent book entitled “Your Soul – Past, Present and Future”. To learn more about how to make permanent changes in your life with Hypnosis, you can purchase the book online at—Past%2C-Present-and-Future

Leslie is Dean of Education at Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science, serving students from across Canada from cities like Edmonton, Vancouver and Surrey, as well as international Students from around the world. Online Hypnosis Training will soon also be available to enable interested individuals to learn more about the thought provoking world of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

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