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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.

Vancouver Hypnotherapy Training Centre creates groundbreaking online-learning program!

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(An interview by Learnbase)

If you meet anyone involved in Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, chances are they will have graduated from the Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science. Working closely with the Learnbase team and deep video-learning platform, they have recently adapted their Hypnosis program into a rich, interactive online format. We asked their Dean of Education,
Leslie McIntosh, as well as some of their alumni, a few questions…

Why create an online hypnosis program?

The Coastal Academy had been inundated with requests not just from Vancouver area and ‘nearby’, but also by potential hypnotists and hypnotherapists is Calgary and Edmonton, across Canada and indeed the world. People look for an online program because they want to learn more about hypnosis before they commit to traveling from distances to take the entire program. Also, many people are not in a position to travel here at all.

Potential hypnotherapists are also transitioning from other studies or careers and are looking for flexibility. Having the course online helps students to commit to the course of study, but work more at their own pace and schedule rather than having to take costly ‘time out’.

So while the Coastal Academy needed a course to cater to this demand, they were committed to creating a hypnosis course that would be delivered with integrity, quality and with a high level of engagement and interaction. We’d experimented with the course-authoring system ‘Moodle’ originally, but it wasn’t providing the rich interactive experience we were looking for. That’s why we chose to work with the Learnbase team and platform, to make something much more interactive than the usual ‘video-as lecture’ format.

How similar is the online course to the face-to–face version?

The difference between the online program and the classroom delivery is simply the 50 percent of the day that is usually spent practicing in class. The lectures and demonstrations are identical and the online course actually gives students more time and opportunity to internalize and learn at their own pace.

How interactive is the online hypnosis course?

The interaction online takes place between the student and the course – answering questions, reflections, assignments and tasks and discussions, as well as quizzes and tests. Students can interact with each other and with the course leader and mentors, all directly through the platform. We carefully scaffold the program to encompass theory and highly practical input and build the students’ skills step-by-step to prepare for and conduct their first hypnosis sessions with volunteers.

What was the trickiest part of moving a classroom-based course to an online course?

The trickiest part was making sure that all of the rich discussions that would normally take place in the classroom were included in lectures and videos for online students to see or hear. The demonstrations and lectures had to be captured for the online students as if they were sitting in the classroom watching and taking part. Then there had to be the assessment piece of the program where we could test the students’ knowledge after they complete the program. We really wanted to make something that was deeper and more involved than the usual online course, and this is what we achieved working closely with the online learning experts at Learnbase.

How are ‘practical’ tasks done and assessed in an online capacity?

Students are expected to practice regularly, just as if they were in the classroom-based program. There is a video presentation at the end of the program where students will demonstrate their skills and they will be assessed by an instructor, with feedback for the student.

What resources are available as part of the course?

In addition to actual course content we include audio hypnosis clips to assist with learning. There is also an extensive Coastal Academy Hypnosis script pack and tool kit that students use during the course, and that they can take with them into their actual practices.

Will there be a full online hypnotherapy course?

Currently we see this as a blended solution. The online hypnosis course is a full alternative to our attendance option, and helps our clients to take the first steps in exploring the discipline…on their schedule. This leads to Hypnosis certification in itself and is the first of three parts leading to the Clinical Hypnotherapist qualification.

What do your clients get from your programs?

The general practice and knowledge of hypnosis and meditation can in itself, be the most powerful tool. Our clients have frequently shown that knowing that your mind has the power to overcome most obstacles is very empowering. Hypnosis is able to address almost any issue with a better success rate than some traditional approaches and, where need be, work in harmony with them. Clients report living happier, calmer, more focused lives precisely because they can choose how they want to perceive life’s experiences. They drive their lives instead of letting their past perceptions do the driving for them.

Coastal Academy not only teaches people how to do it properly BUT also ensures that the newfound skill is used professionally and ethically. We guide our alumni in learning how to be flexible, to use a variety of approaches and techniques to suit their client’s different styles and also, to educate their clients in simple relaxation techniques they can use in their daily lives. Our alumni are trained to help their clients learn how to be patient with themselves. Hypnotherapy is not always an instant fix. Its benefits unfold over time. Coastal graduates learn to be adept at developing in their clients an understanding of different techniques during each session and to celebrate their successes. From this they recognize that they can now act in a positive way, by choice, as new patterns and behaviours replace the old reflex reactions that used to trigger a negative result.

It’s an amazing experience to watch people transform before your eyes, watching as the pain, fear or inability disappears from their facial expression, replaced with a glowing sense of freedom and peace.

It’s really an honour and a privilege for our alumni to have people open up to them, trust them and to know that through the techniques learned at Coastal Academy, they have opened many doors for many clients that let them lead themselves into their greatness.

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