Jessica Habie spent her early career documenting the relationship between art and social change. As an independent filmmaker, she focused mostly on stories of war, genocide, and human rights abuses in the Middle East. Her feature film Mars at Sunrise (2014) starred Golden Globe-winning actor Ali Suliman, her short film Mandatory Service (2008) won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and her documentary Meet Me Out of the Siege (2008) won at the Cannes Short Film Corner.

“I was just about to do it again. Tell another experimental, sad story about men trying to kill each other, when I had full-body “NO.” I want to do something different,” she recalls from her Berkeley studio. “I want to tell stories about something positive. I want to tell women’s stories. I want to look at stories of pleasure.”

Pleasure and the body’s ability to heal through pleasure is something that Habie has grappled with since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29. A year after she underwent a double mastectomy operation at age 34, Habie found herself studying at the Somatica Institute for Sex and Relationship Coaching.

The Somatica Method was created by Danielle Harel, Ph.D. and Celeste Hirschman MA. They created Somatica to fill a gap in the fields of therapy and adult sexuality education. It is an experiential and relational coaching method that helps people transform their emotional and erotic connections. Through mutually vulnerable practice, Somatica Coaches help their clients overcome shame, embrace their desires, heal attachment wounds, and have extraordinary sex and relationships.

“I finally made it to the Somatica Training because I wanted to work with women who were survivors of breast cancer and to use the Somatica method to help these women get back into their bodies. But, as the first training started, I realized there was a much bigger story to be told. It just opened up in front of me! This is a TV show.”

Jessica Habie (center) with Somatica Institute founders Danielle Harel, Ph.D (left) and Celeste Hirschman, MA. The trio has worked on the series pilot together for two years.

Habie, who has participated in the Somatica Core Training twice, sees the method as a map toward transformation and revolution. “It just blew my mind — the connections being made between sexual empowerment and social change, sexual expression and politics, erotic freedom and liberation.”

She conceived of a fictional workplace drama, titled Here She Comes, where the office is a sex coaching practice, relationships open and close, and desire takes center stage. There’s plenty of humor, too. At the helm are two female experiential sex coaches, Emma and Rene, whose personal lives are as colorful and complex as the clients they serve. Their mission: to liberate the nation from shame and kickstart the next sexual revolution.

Here She Comes is part procedural, part character drama, with each episode centered on an individual’s or a couple’s story.

“I want to show people going into this deep self-awareness work and coming out of it with stronger relationships and more resilient families while triumphing over shame and fear,” says Habie. “We need to dream up stories that are big enough to show the potential of this work. I want to see it go global!”

Here She Comes aspires to be incredibly entertaining, exceptionally educational, and wildly erotic.

While developing Here She Comes, Habie and her producing partner Z, also created the documentary series Somatica Sessions, showing Celeste and Danielle’s’ actual one-on-one Somatica sex coaching sessions. Somatica Sessions offers a behind the scenes look at the real life work of sex coaches, and offers a window into the inspiration for Here She Comes.

“Somatica gave me a language to speak about my own sexual story. And that has been a very powerful journey to take as a mother, as an artist, and as a writer. I want to bring those teachings to living rooms around the country and create a world in which going to see a sex coach has no more stigma than going to see a personal trainer.”

“There is a need for this imagery in the world now,” she says. “Both Here She Comes and Somatica Sessions offer timely perspectives on sex and relationships. Both projects have the potential to change the way we think and talk about sex in America.”

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