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Anna Joy

Certified Cuddlist
In-Calls

Session Rate: $160/hour

Seattle, WA/Virtual

About Anna Joy

May your touch-tank always be brimming.

*NOW OFFERING Stephen Porges’ Safe and Sound Protocol, inquire for details*

*NOW OFFERING Practitioner Mentorship 1:1 Consult sessions (special rate)*

My origin story, in a sentence: In 2013 I found myself in a cuddle puddle on a community dance floor being fed grapes by frolicking little fairies (children). Inspired to recreate this slice of heaven as often as possible and share it with the world, I completed the Cuddlist and Cuddle Party TM certifications along with a series of related trainings. Since co-founding Happy Humanimals in 2022 I’ve facilitate consent workshops locally as well as occasionally abroad. I have served on the Cuddlist Advisory Board since 2017. Somatic, or body-based, heart and soul healing are my full time work, and I use with a variety of body-based modalities in addition to Cuddling and am delighted to meet my clients where they’re at and support growth and wellbeing. I especially enjoy supporting clients in tandem with therapists or other healthcare providers using the triadic model.

You who are seeking out Therapeutic Cuddling, you are on your own journey to expand your self-knowing, self-love and self-care in order to more positively impact and create the life around you. You are inspired toward a positive and empowered relationship with your body and orientation toward the broader culture. Maybe you bring touch deprivation or are someone whose primary love language is touch but is currently unable to meet this needs for various reasons; maybe you have a trauma-based aversion to touch which wants to be gently approached. You may feel your nervous system calling you to receive grounding in its state of static. You may crave more meaningful touch than you’re accessing currently, or want training in skills to deepen the intimate connection(s) you have. Little known fact: even though I have access to a lot of good touch in my life,  I regularly schedule this type of all-for-me session for myself! You, too, may also just feel that it all goes better when the “touch tank” is topped off.

To enter my Cuddle Cove space is to walk through a portal into the invocation of a warm, cozy forest, where luscious and nurturing trees embrace us as we talk about what’s real and commune in the magic of touch.

Words folks use about touch therapy:

~ leads to better sleeping, deeper relaxing, a more regulated nervous system, help with chronic pain

~ a place to feel what’s real: to release grief, fully take in joy, notice more pleasure

~ learning how to create a container for a successful platonic cuddle relationship, become more socially comfortable and confident, able to negotiate connection more consensually, able to differentiate truly receiving from truly giving, training the skills of noticing and speaking desires, saying NO, and expecting to be accepted when showing one’s true self

~ replenish a chronic touch deficit by dosing up on Vitamin T

~ embodied, mindful, and playful, connected with pleasure, inspiration, and love

~ releasing anxiety, depression, loneliness, outdated beliefs/emotions

Meet me on an interview with Jessa Zimmerman, MA, check out some Touch Research on youtube, read a research article.

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Session information from Anna Joy

Response time:

  • Except when I am listed as “Out of Office,” I aim to respond by email or call within 24-48 hrs.

Confidentiality:

  • I take your privacy seriously. Due to the importance of confidentiality and of minimizing dual relationships, I do not accept friend or contact requests from clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc), as this can compromise your privacy as well as blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up.

Cancellation Policy:

  • please let me know at least 48+ hours or sooner if needing to reschedule. I request a fee of 100% of the session for last minute cancellations (fewer than 24 hours).

Skills & Specialties

Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists Kathy Kain (coming in 2024) The Authentic Facilitator (2023) Safe and Sound Protocol: Stephen Porges (2023) Cuddle Party TM Facilitator-in-Training (2023) Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (2020-2022) Completed Cuddlist Advanced Training Completed Like A Pro: Wheel of Consent for Touch Pros (Betty Martin 2018+) Completed Belly2Belly: Partnered Breathing Meditation Facilitation (David Cates 2016) Completed Authentic Relating Games Facilitator Training (2016-present) Certified in Jikiden Reiki: physical and emotional level hands-on healing (2014) 200hr Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training (2017-18)

Availability

Scheduling Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, occasional Thursday, normal business hours

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