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. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.

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. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy.

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).

Emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach the task at hand. So when a client has better state control, not only can they be more socially engaged, they are more open to therapy. Better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes. 

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 we could go from an overwhelmed nervous system that is flighting, fighting, or shutting down, to being an individual that attunes to others, can be more self-regulating, able to 'listen' better to others, have more access to problem solving, and feel more open and happy.

How do I know this? Well, I did this on myself before I brought it to you, my clients, who depend on me to bring you the latest strategies for wellness.

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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