Heather Griffin, CHt, Vancouver BC
I am so happy to write this review for Coastal Academy – I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist! What a life-changing and brilliant experience it was and continues to be today.
I researched schools for two solid years before finally deciding on Coastal, and I didn’t need to take that long frankly. I just couldn’t see how it could be that easy, the best school couldn’t be right in my backyard now could it? I searched the country, I searched North America, I was going to rent a house in California and dive in there, maybe Hawaii…but I kept coming back to Coastal Academy. Something about their manifesto just resonated with me. Something about the Founder, Leslie McIntosh’s deep understanding, creativity, enthusiasm and legacy kept drawing me back.
After going forward, from day one, I knew I was in the right place. It was intense, I’m not going to lie. The material was thorough and the methodologies are the leading edge in the field. The perfect balance of respectful spiritual resonance and clinical practices. My expectations were high and they were exceeded! I graduated prepared for anything and with more than enough tools in my chest. This was a calling for me and I dare say for many. We are healing facilitators and I felt respected and treated as such.
What I didn’t expect was the life-long connections and friendships that I made. I feel blessed to have spent time with each and every person involved with Coastal Academy. From my first and continued learning and communications with Jenn Dodds, to my expert instruction with Cindy Shulz and Jen Snow – just amazing people! In no small way have they changed my life for the better.
I believe hypnotherapy is the deepest healing a person can experience. The world needs to tap in…the way for you to begin that work is through Coastal Academy! Turn up the JOY, go for it!
Quyn Lê Erichsen, M.Ed. Registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Hypnotherapist & Life Coach
“I took the full-time one-month hypnotherapy course with Cindy and Jenn D in January 2018. I view it as one of my life-changing career decisions. It’s only been 1.5 months since I graduated, yet I have noticed incredible changes and responses among my clients. I see about 16-20 clients a week. My clients, who are mostly men, love my hypnotherapy so much that they rave about the style I use among each other. I work in a treatment centre, and my schedule is often fully booked.
In addition to being a hypnotherapist, I am also a psychotherapist. One thing I have noticed about incorporating hypnotherapy into my counselling work is that I see my clients being able to do very deep therapy within the first few sessions, often even in the first session. This is incredible, since I mostly work with men. I see them allowing themselves to access their deep emotions and resolve deep-rooted issues in a few sessions. Hypnotherapy also makes it much easier for people to focus internally on themselves and their issues, rather than on other people and external issues.
I am a visually impaired person. Cindy and Jenn were wonderful in accommodating my needs. I, along with the other students, were able to ask many useful questions. The knowledge and the skills I learned from this course have been so invaluable in my career as well as in my personal life. My course was very intimate – we had three students in the course at that time. Therefore, we had lots of time to practice and get great feedback from Cindy and Jenn.
Prior to taking this course, I thought that hypnotherapy was mostly about positive messages and affirmations being delivered to clients by the hypnotherapists. It was an incredible surprise to find out it also involved interactive therapies, which are so much more powerful and beneficial to the people who receive it.
Thank you very much Cindy and Jenn for your hard work and for making it an incredible experience for me! I am so looking forward to see what will continue to unfold in my career and my life as a result of learning hypnotherapy.” www.quynle.com
Dr. Tahmineh Nikookar, Dr. TCM, North Vancouver BC
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. www.drnikookar.com
Jackie Kania, Surrey BC
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 BC
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 BC
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 BC
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 BC
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 BC
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 BC
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.
Karen Laskey, New Westminster BC
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 AB
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 BC
“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 BC
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 BC
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 BC
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 BC
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.