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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.

Who is hypnotizing you without your permission?

Pocketr watch 201x300 Who is hypnotizing you without your permission?By Leslie McIntosh, Dean of Education, Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science, Surrey, BC, and author of Your Soul – Past Present and Future

For many, the idea of being hypnotized is a bit scary because the only reference to hypnosis they have is watching a stage hypnotist at a Vancouver or Langley entertainment show, or seeing a stage hypnotist in a bar in Surrey, or New West. If this is your only source of information, you may have been misled as to what Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy really are.

I think the first thing to know is: Hypnosis is simply a state of mind where the subconscious mind has been accessed and it can hear and understand the same information that the conscious mind is hearing. (The subconscious mind is very good at taking direction.)
The second thing to know is: It is a very simple thing to put someone into that altered state we call Hypnosis. And it may be happening to you without your permission.

If you have watched someone in a stage show being hypnotized, it is evident that they have given permission for the hypnotist to put them into that state. They put their hands up, walked up onto the stage and accepted the suggestions that they understood were going to put them into an altered state of mind (hypnosis). They also knew it was for fun and that there would be laughter at their expense. And they were OK with that, or they would have refused the suggestions given, and would have been sent back to their seats. It is important to know at this point, that those people who got sent back to their seats are not incapable of being in hypnosis. It is more likely that the type of hypnosis they needed was not what the stage hypnotist planned to use, or at a very deep level of subconscious mind they were NOT OK with laughter being at their expense, therefore wouldn’t accept the suggestions given.

When you go to see a Hypnotherapist who has excellent hypnosis training, and has earned a legitimate hypnosis certification, you can trust that you will be treated with respect, that this hypnosis is confidential, and that your best interests will be their number one priority. The only work they will do with you is empower you to change whatever it is you have requested be changed in your life.

The type of Hypnosis that I want to address today is what we call Waking Hypnosis. This is what I consider to be the dangerous type of Hypnosis, because you don’t know you are being hypnotized. In other words, you are being put into an altered state of mind without your permission.

This happens every day, to some extent. All it takes is for you to be emotional about something, be focused, and for information to be coming from someone you believe to be an authority figure or have credibility. If those three things are present, the authority figure can have you in this waking hypnotic state without your permission. Sometimes they are doing this intentionally, and sometimes they don’t even know they are doing it because they aren’t trained in Hypnotherapy, and don’t understand they have accessed your subconscious mind.

Waking Hypnosis can take place when you are watching a movie, when you are listening to a radio show, when you listen to a political speech, when you are a young person in school, when you are in church, and the list goes on. Anytime you have those three components of emotion, focus and credibility at once, you may achieve an altered hypnotic state whether you know it or not. Whether you choose it or not.

That’s why we call it waking hypnosis. You don’t feel any differently than you normally do. You are totally aware. But because of that combination of those three things, and because hypnosis is a natural state very easy for us to attain, it happens often.
Sometimes the information we are absorbing in waking hypnosis is helpful or beneficial, such as being in this hypnotic state during a workshop you value and want to learn the information from. Waking hypnosis can help that absorption at a deep level.  On the other hand, sometimes is it very harmful, such as watching ads on TV and buying “stuff” you don’t need.

One of the biggest dangers of waking hypnosis is in the medical field. If a woman goes to the oncologist for the results of a lump in her breast- not only is she emotional, she is focused and she has given that person the authority and credibility he or she deserves. The problem is that not all medical professionals understand that she is now in an altered state of hypnosis and EVERYTHING that Dr says to her is being absorbed right into the subconscious mind. And the subconscious mind just takes orders. So if the Dr says, ” you have 6 months to live”, she will likely be gone in 6 months. If that same Dr said, “You have 6 months to get well”, the results might be very different- because the subconscious mind would have heard the message that it had to get well in 6 months. And it will do whatever it can to make that happen.

Waking hypnosis is dangerous not only because you don’t know you are in it, but also because the subconscious mind, that mind that creates both physical and emotional results in our lives, doesn’t have the ability to determine if something it has been instructed to do is beneficial or not. It just takes orders “blindly”.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, by a well trained person with a Hypnosis certification from a reputable association such as the IMDHA or IACT can help you to change your life, just by helping you change your subconscious mind.

Don’t let someone hypnotize you without your permission and make changes to your subconscious mind that you didn’t want or give permission for.

Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science teaches students to a very high level of integrity and skill.  Our campus in in the Guildford area of Surrey, BC, easily accessible to all of the Lower Mainland for hypnosis training and certification.

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