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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.

What’s Influencing Your Life Today?

by Vancouver Hypnosis and Hypnotherapist Trainer Leslie McIntosh

How much of your life is being influenced by your past lives? How much of the information that your subconscious mind is working with is from what we consider to be past lives? Who are you really? Who were you then? What blocks, hurts, and pains have you carried with you into this lifetime? What connections to past lives have you made during this lifetime?
Is there a way for you to overcome the blocks in your life that are preventing you from living your true authentic life or from achieving your current life’s purpose?

“Try as I may, I just can’t help myself.”

If this is something you find yourself saying, then you are not able to choose the way you respond in a situation. There is something influencing your life that is out of your control. The results are frustrating. And they continue to be. No matter what you do, no matter how high you set the bar. No matter what you promise yourself, the results are the same each time. This is an influence over which you have absolutely no control. The type of frustration you are feeling is being felt by many people, every day. The absolute inability to control the results we want plagues us as human beings. There are certain people you know who seem to have everything they want in life. They are happy, wealthy, and everything looks great from where you sit. That doesn’t always mean life looks that way to those people. They, too, may have results in their lives that are not in line with what they’d like them to be. They, too, might daily wish they had more control over some aspect of their life. And if they have a lot fewer regrets than you have, it’s likely because they’ve had less negative impact in their early years or in their past lives. It doesn’t matter that your parents loved you or that you had a great childhood. The factors that dictate how we respond in any given situation were created by our childhood perceptions of what was going on around us or influenced by past life experiences.

Today’s the Day!

So you got up this morning and made a decision to behave differently. You were cheery and happy, just knowing that today was going to be the day. You went about your day prepared to behave in a new manner until the moment that incident popped up.Screen Shot 2014 09 10 at 12.11.48 PM 182x300 Whats Influencing Your Life Today? Right then you had an overwhelming urge to behave in the new manner. You managed to do so for a minute or two. It felt okay. But as the situation progressed with the individual, you totally lost the great perspective you’d had this morning and boom! The overwhelming urge to do what you always do in this situation took over. It was as if an unseen person was moving your hands. As though someone else had control of your tongue and was forming those words you knew you shouldn’t say, that were beginning to spew out of your mouth.

Welcome to the real world—the real you. The very essence of your subconscious mind. That part that knows it has to take over for you to keep you safe

You knew it was coming before you even began the conversation that’s getting you into trouble. You knew that simply speaking to this individual today would result in this feeling of anger. But you also knew you were going to do it anyway. In fact, you’ve gone out of your way to engage in conversation with this individual. Now you’re waiting for the opportunity to bring up the topic that you know is going to shoot fireworks out of your mouth. So here you are: faced with your morning’s resolution on one hand and feeling the need to say those things on the other. And so you do. You even bring up the topic. You attempt to be rational, trying to make him see you’re calm and introspective. But deep inside, the unbelievable volcano erupts and soon you’re letting it blow. The result? Exactly the same as always.

How do you feel? Like you wish you hadn’t climbed out of bed this morning? Or perhaps vindicated, with an undercurrent of embarrassment? Yes, you lost control—again. But did you really lose control or were you being controlled by some deep part of yourself?

Are you the constant entrepreneur? The one who has had several small businesses which all died a slow and painful death? Were you supposed to be making sales calls and instead found yourself loosely throwing the term ‘calls’ around as you found excuses to put them off until you felt more pizzazz in your soul? Or perhaps put them off until you knew your product inside out. And the more you research, the more you know about your product. And the more you research, the fewer calls you make. And the fewer calls you make the fewer clients you have. And soon all that research was for nothing because you can’t buy clients with research. Clients need to be earned with effective marketing and personal contact.

You know that. But each time you pick up that phone, you get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. Each time you think about getting into your vehicle to visit a potential client, you just know the parking will be too tough at this time of day. Or the bus won’t stop close enough and it’s raining. Or the dog might run away from home while you are gone. Each excuse is very valid to the little voice inside of you that’s preventing you from making those calls, but that voice is speaking for a part of you which still believes you are a child needing protection from something that is going to hurt you.

Does this sound like you? You got up this morning and decided this is the first day of the rest of your life and you are up for the challenge. You are going to lose 30 pounds; starting right this minute. It sounds so easy in your head as you stretch before you get out of bed. You aren’t feeling hungry yet. You feel like you can do anything. It’s even easier when you are in the shower. This is going to be the day. You can just feel those pounds melting off with the soap as it rinses off and down the drain. You can do this. You have the perfect diet tacked to the front of the fridge. You have all the food you need in order to follow this diet that is guaranteed to take off 3 pounds a week. In just 10 weeks you will be able to wear that pair of pants you have grown out of and just love. It’s so easy! As you dry yourself, and finish your makeup, you notice how lovely your eyes will look with a little less puffiness underneath. Just a few pounds will solve that problem. It feels great to be so decisive.
Breakfast is exactly as it should be; specifically according to plan. Nothing stops you from the perfect number of calories or points. You can do this.
Screen Shot 2014 09 10 at 12.09.08 PM 150x150 Whats Influencing Your Life Today?Off to work, feeling slimmer already; Healthy, Happy. But someone brings donuts to the 10:30 meeting and puts them right there on the table. Everyone is reaching for one, napkins protecting every delicate little piece of glaze that might fall from their donut.
Suddenly you realize you have managed to snag one of those donuts. It is resting on the edge of your lips. Smells heavenly. And tastes even better.

Was that you in control? No ma’am. That was a subconscious need to get that donut into your mouth. Where does it come from? That’s the question.

This is an excerpt from Leslie McIntosh’s book Your Soul- Past, Present and Future. 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 the Dean of Education at Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science and teaches Hypnotherapy both nationally to students from Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, Surrey as well as online Hypnosis training to International students.

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