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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.

We can live in balance. We can live free of fear and emotional pain, and we can live with the highest regard for humanity, allowing us to serve others and ourselves for our highest good. This is our vision and our work. Hypnosis is our primary tool. The Coastal Academy has trained hundreds of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.

Our Vancouver Hypnotherapy graduates actively help people achieve lasting change and wellness, and freedom from the crippling beliefs or behaviours that frequently prevent the attainment of balance, true health and fulfillment in life. Whether you have a new-found calling or helping others has been your life-long goal, we are your learning partner, here to bring out the very best in your unique work. You will receive intensive and personalized training from our faculty of expert, practicing Hypnotists who are skilled both in the theory and methodology of advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy, and also in how to guide and teach you.

Founder Leslie McIntosh BCHt, CBHt, CI, Dean of Education, Head Instructor and AuthorDSC01808 750 x 1000 Leslie 225x300 Faculty

Leslie McIntosh was a Board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, as well as a Cognitive Behaviour Hypnotherapist- specializing in Regression therapy, Soul Screening© and Parts Therapy, Fertility and Peaceful Pregnancy hypnosis for birth. She was also the author of Your Soul- Past, Present and Future, available from Friesen Press

This book is designed to explain Hypnosis to the uninitiated, as well as act as a guide to Soul Screening in alternate lifetimes, for clinical hypnotherapists.

Leslie had over 25 years of facilitation experience of various types. She was recognized by the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association( IMDHA), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) as a quality trainer and her students are recognized as some of the best professional Hypnotherapists in North America. She is Board Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and certified as an NGH Instructor in 2007.

She has often been recognized for her work as a presenter at the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy conventions and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Life Fellow in Hypnotherapy in recognition of her contributions to Hypnotherapy.

Over the last decade she assisted many others to release limiting beliefs or behaviours to support their own healing and move forward with a new profession. Through her mentoring and training skills many graduates have developed the confidence to become Trainers themselves.

Leslie was also a Trainer of Heart Resonance Therapy, and has done Healing Touch and Vibrational Sound Healing. With her many years of adult facilitation experience, Leslie delivers learning according to leading adult-learning methodologies.

Private Sessions:
The Coastal Academy Clinical Hypnotherapists are available for your personal Hypnotherapy needs. They can assist you to begin your personal healing journey. To book an appointment,or to get a referral to a professional Clinical Hypnotherapist near you, please call Coastal Academy at 604-427-1914.

Cindy Schulz, BSc, CHt,- Instructor

%name FacultyCindy is a graduate of Coastal Academy and is certified in Cognitive Behavior Hypnotherapy, Regression and Parts therapy and Past Life Regression, Soul Screening©, Coaching Skills and Ericksonian Hypnosis.
Her active memberships include the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and the National Guild of Hypnotist.
Cindy has a degree in Biology and has a long history in the health and wellness field. She is also a multifaceted facilitator with sales, marketing and training experience.
In her private practice, among other things, she specializes in Anxiety, Depression, Phobias and Smoking. She is also a trainer in Heart Resonance Therapy Levels 1 & 2.

Susan Turner CHt – Instructor

Susan Turner Bio Pic 2014 Faculty

Susan Turner is a certified Trainer and a graduate of Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts & Science. She is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Hypnotherapy, and is a Trainer of Heart Resonance. She is an active member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), Co-chairing the Coastal Chapter of the IMDHA, and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotherapy.

Recognized by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce for Business Excellence, Susan’s previous business – The Garden Spa – earned 2 business nominations under her leadership. She successfully built all aspects of the business including: training, operations, development strategies and marketing that eventually lead to the nominations for Excellence in Customer Service (2008) followed by Business Person of the Year (2009). Susan’s passion for health through stress relief led her to hypnotherapy in 2006 after seeing her daughter’s long standing 4 year barrier to writing math exams dissolve in 1 session. A new passion emerged as Susan realized she had found a therapeutic solution that offered permanent healing. Susan chose Coastal Academy’s training programs because she recognized the same key ingredients present under Leslie’s leadership:commitment to quality, excellence, respect and caring for the development and success of Coastal students and graduates.

Susan now dedicates her time to a full time private Hypnotherapy practice, teaches Advanced Spiritual Hypnotherapy, teaches part-time during the 4 week Clinical program, teaches Heart Resonance and mentors new hypnotherapists.



Board of Examiners

We are most grateful to the group of individuals that volunteer their time and expertise to examine our current students. As well as our instructors, they include (in no particular order):

Debora Harney-Gregor

Jackie Kania

Adrian Westley

Dee Harris

Jenni Madison

Brian Flack

Jen Snow





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