Safe and Sound Protocol

How Does it Work?

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language. 

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. 

The SSP is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties

  • Auditory sensitivities

  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges

  • Inattention

  • Stressors that impact social engagement

The SAFE AND SOUND protocol activates the middle ear back to the range of frequencies that mammals use for social engagement (safety), which are at different frequency band than that which animals utilize for threat monitoring (imagine the sound of growling predator or high screech of attack).

Resetting the ear for sensitivity to these 'safety' frequencies can steer our body away from an ongoing feeling of being unsafe which can be expressed as reactive anxiety, fear, and/or anger. 

In other words, by recalibrating our nervous system we may go from frequently feeling overwhelmed to being more attuned to others, able to 'listen' better to others, have more access to problem solving and calmness.

This is not a stand alone therapy but is seen as a compliment to therapies being done concurrently for optimum results.  Ask me how you can integrate this into your goals for wellness at your next visit.

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