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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.

Online program

Coastal eLearning Site Badge 300x300 CoursesTHE COASTAL ACADEMY HYPNOSIS PROGRAM: ONLINE!
A two-month program to suit your schedule.

Our Hypnosis course is now available in a fully online interactive format! You can take this course as a complete unit in itself, or as the first of the three units of our full Clinical Hypnotherapist program. Click here to find out more and try out the first unit for free!


April 2 – 27, 2018   4 week Clinical Hypnotherapist Intensive Program   (held at Sandman Inn, 10608 151A St, Guildford-Surrey)

June 4 – 29, 2018   4 week Clinical Hypnotherapist Intensive Program   (held at Sandman Inn, 10608 151A St, Guildford-Surrey)


See our Course Brochure for details

 Core Program



Clinical Hypnotherapist Program:
Qualifies for IMDHA, IACT and NGH certification

Classes held Monday to Friday. Week-ends are for home study and practicum work. Pre-applications for this class can be completed on-line on our contact page. Investment for the full 4 week program is $3850.00.

The program may also be broken down into three components:

Week 1- $975.00 Hypnotist Module
Week 2- $1275.00 Master Hypnotist Module (builds on Hypnotist)
Week 3 and 4- $1900.00
Week 3- Clinical Hypnotherapist (builds on Hypnotist and Master)
Week 4- Clinical Hypnotherapist Certification (all practical work and builds on Week 3)

View Curriculum

View details in our Course Brochure / Application Form



This part time program normally runs once a year from Sept to June.

Classes are held one weekend a month for 10 months. (Register early as space is limited.) Pre-applications for this class can be completed on-line on the contact page.  Investment for this program is also $3850.00.  A deposit of $250.00 will hold your spot and you will make 9 payments of 400.00 over your first 9 weekends.

View details in our Course Brochure / Application Form


COURSE BADGE COACHING SKILLS Courses5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ presented by Spiral Effects Coaching and Consulting

Have you thought about what it takes to be a Coach?

How about adding the skill of coaching to the other skills/tools and experience you already have acquired? If you answered yes to these questions, this program is for you. This coaching program is available to anyone who is interested- not just Hypnotherapists. See details in our brochure (link) Cost is $895.00.

View details in our Course Brochure / Application Form


Sheila Granger presents Virtual Gastric Band

Join Leslie for two days to learn about this amazing technique that you can use for immediate weight release results with your clients. You will receive complete scripts for this 4 session program, CD and material for use with your clients. The Sheila Granger Virtual Gastric Band is world renowned as “the” technique” for creating a gastric band with Hypnosis. As well as all of Sheila’s material, attendees will learn how to apply their Parts Therapy skills into the program for continued use during and after the 4 weeks of VGB.

This program is $500.00

View details in our Course Brochure / Application Form


ADVANCED SPIRITUAL HYPNOTHERAPY PROGRAM- 2 DAYS– NEW! presented by Susan Turner and Better Life Now

Spiritual (transpersonal) hypnotherapy is an emerging specialty of clinical hypnotherapy. Many people believe in some form of Higher Power. (See statistics on side bar.) As hypnotherapists we can help them access powerful resources within. By working at the Soul level uncover or re-discover connection to Divine Love, and the strengths that unfold from those learnings.
So what is Advanced Spiritual Hypnotherapy? You will learn processes and techniques that uncover Soul issues to resolve emotional suffering through the steps and guidelines provided in the class.
What Issues respond to Advanced Spiritual Hypnotherapy? •Soul Purpose: Why am I here? •Connecting to Spirit: The Higher Self, Angels & Divine Love Energies •Soul Retrieval • •Angel/Spirit Guide Sessions/Star Seed •Chakra balancing •Medicine Wheel , the Four Elements & the Archangels • Animal Spirit Guide/Totem/Elementals •Vibrational work with crystals •Crystal Healing Temple • Healing by the Angels •Journey to the Selenite Caves •Working in the body: the body systems, DNA, stem cells etc. •Self-Love, Detachment & Release…and MORE
In addition you will receive: •Root Cause Review including Alternate (Past) Life Regression •Angel/Spirit Guide Training •Raising Vibration & Setting Energetic Space •Angel Attunements • Method to Open to Spirit/Source Communication •5 mp3’s including ‘Journey to the Higher Self’ ongoing support for personal growth & inner connection •Discover your psychic learning style •How to teach this to clients •Miniature Medicine Wheel •manual
Regularly $699 Early Bird $500
Advanced Spiritual Hypnotherapy – What 2 Key Questions Are Being Asked.mp3
Click below to listen to Susan’s response to these questions:

What students are saying about this course:  “Thank you so much for an in credible weekend of learning fun!!!  Yesterday a client of mine received a session based on this work.  It went amazingly well and he was profoundly touched by his experience.  It was powerful.  I am so grateful to you and your angels for sharing this information!  I am looking forward to further integrating this work- both for myself and my clients.”


About the Instructor

Susan Turner is known for her heart centered approach to helping others. As a clinical hypnotherapist and Instructor at Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts & Science, she has over 7 years experience in a full time practice. She is trained as a Pain Relief Educator and is certified in Cognitive Behavior Hypnotherapy, Parts Therapy (Roy Hunter), Ericksonian Hypnosis, Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy, 5-5-5 Coaching. She is a Heart Resonance Level 4 Teacher, a Crystal Healing Practitioner, & Angel Sounding Practitioner. Susan runs a Meetup group, ‘Surrey Spiritual Guided Meditation.’ She has blended her experiences & woven elements of her training to bring this spiritual work to you.

 More testimonials

“I entered into this workshop hoping to gain new techniques for my spiritual clients. I am leaving feeling confident in my new tools and look forward to using them in my office. Beyond the professional gain I experienced a personal gain, the class sessions gave a sense of clarity and left me feeling balanced, refreshed and focused. Thank you Susan! ”
Kandace Armstrong CHt; Red Deer Alta Website:

“This course was ‘fully loaded!’ So much valuable information; I particularly enjoyed the times we spent in meditation and hypnosis. It felt like we got to really experience not just learn, how to give to others but know how it feels. Excellent; wonderful; with gratitude.”
Brandi Karlsen CHt ~White Rock

“Susan is extremely knowledgeable and very IN TUNE WITH THE ENERGIES. She is also a wonderful warm human being. LOVED THE CLASS.”
Anne Stewart CHt; Vancouver Island

“Great course. Great information. Great teacher.”
Julie Liddell CHt; North Vancouver Website:

My original training with Coastal Academy was very thorough and allowed me to begin my practice with a solid foundation. This Advanced Spiritual Training took me beyond what I have been able to provide. I intuitively felt that there was more I could do for clients and now I have the tools I need.
Wendy Olson Lepchuck CHt; Grand Prairie Alta; ReVision Clinical Hypnotherapy

“Spirit is definitely guiding Susan on her Soul path. I thoroughly enjoyed spending 2 days learning new things and taking away terrific tools to work with.”
Leslie McIntosh CHt;






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