Trauma-Informed Coaching with the Somatic Coaching Academy

Learn about trauma-informed coaching and meet the founders and team behind the mission





Trauma-informed coaching strategies have always worked… but now the world is paying attention.

The Somatic Coaching Academy began as a private holistic rehabilitation practice that helped clients who suffered from chronic pain and stress. The trauma-informed strategies that worked back then still work today – but now the world is paying attention.

Known in their town as the “people to come to when no one else could figure out what was wrong,” the founders of the Somatic Coaching Academy, Brian Trzaskos (physical therapist) and Ani Anderson (occupational therapist) were some of the first rehabilitation professionals to leave the confines of the western medical system in pursuit of creating fully holistic private practice. Instinctually using what is now known today as trauma-informed practices, Brian and Ani put the choice and empowerment of their clients at the center of their healing practice.

Unlike other “expert based” rehab which focused on the client having a problem that needed to be fixed, Brian and Ani focused on how the client experiencing pain, stress and anxiety were not “broken”, but rather their issue was helping to create wholeness to an imbalance of the body, mind and emotions.

After continued success locally, branching out regionally, and eventually globally, Ani and Brian found over a decade ago what they continue to find today- it’s trauma-informed coaching solutions that get the best results. Whether you’re a coach or a therapist, the holistic and compassionate philosophy of trauma-informed somatic coaching practices are the skills that allow practitioners to get predictable outcomes with 100% of the people they serve.

Our Values


A quality of being energized and embodying presence


We are all having a human experience and share the joy and pains of being alive


Making complex matters simple and useful

Light Heartedness

Not taking oneself or circumstances personally, bringing humor and joy


The quality of being friendly, generous and considerate

“We Got You”

We do what needs to be done to support our students learning and success with our programs

Somatic Coaching Academy Founders

Ani Anderson MS, OT, LMT, CEMP and Brian Trzaskos PT, LMT, CSCS, CMP, MI-C have a combined 50 years and 86,000 hours of client experience, helping people get miracle-like results. Together they have created two thriving wellness centers, a global training institute for rehabilitation therapists and Sensation-Based Motivation Coaching, the ultimate trauma-sensitive tool for helping challenging clients overcome resistance to change.

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Lead Instructor

Brian Trzaskos PT LMT CSCS CMP MI-C is a human wellness, behavior, and performance expert, as well as co-creator of Sensation-Based Motivation coaching with a mission to teach one-million people to end their internal conflict in the next decade. He is the co-founder of NEW Health Inc. and the Institute for Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi.

Committed to teaching at the highest levels, Brian is well known for his energetic and compassionate approach to teaching as well as his to ability to make even the most difficult concepts easy to understand and immediately applicable in helping people develop the emotional mastery to create lasting impacts in their work, family, and life relationships. He is a highly regarded speaker, teacher, mindset expert, and thought leader in bodymind energetics.

Ani Anderson


Lead Coach

Ani Anderson, MS, OT, LMT, CEMP is the bestselling author of Finding Your Soul’s Agenda and co-creator of Sensation-Based Motivation Coaching. She holds advanced degrees and certifications in Occupational Therapy, Energy Medicine, Massage Therapy and the eastern healing arts of Tai Chi and Qigong.

Ani left the traditional health care system to begin her own private pay holistic practice due to becoming frustrated by the confines of the insurance system. After creating two successful wellness centers and an international training institution, Ani began to train other holistic practitioners in growing their businesses and now is the leader of the business programs for the SBMC community.

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Motivation Beyond Measure

Meet the Faculty and Staff


Student Support Specalist


ICF Program Coordinator


Associate Coach, Somatic Coaching Program Assistant


Cross Mapping Trainer


Medical Billing Specialist




Core Centering Trainer


Cross Mapping Trainer


Program Administrator


Core Centering Trainer


Research Coordinator