Safe and Sound Protocol
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an acoustic intervention to reduce stress, auditory sensitivity and facilitate social engagement and resilience. It is based on Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and 40 years of research regarding the relationship between the autonomic nervous system (the system at the center of our self-regulating process, influencing important systems in our body, including our heart, respiration rate, and digestion) auditory sensitivities, and social-emotional processes.
The SSP is a 5-hour listening program of specially filtered music that stimulates the vagus nerve through the middle ear muscle. Stress, trauma, and other conditions can overload our nervous system, leaving us in various states of fight/flight/freeze, which can impact how we interact with others, our environment, and how we feel inside ourselves. The SSP is like a workout for your vagus nerve, giving your nervous system more flexibility.
The SSP can benefit children, adolescents, and adults. Here’s is a partial list of areas that benefit from this intervention:
Social and emotional difficulties
Anxiety and trauma-related challenges
Inattention (such as with ADD/ADHD)
Social engagement issues
Difficulties in regulating physiological and emotional states
Other stress-related difficulties
I became a Certified Safe and Sound Protocol provider in 2021. My role as SSP provider is as a trauma therapist and I offer this to my clients as a way of reducing acute symptoms of PTSD, building foundational self-regulation and forming the skills needed to proceed with treatment of trauma.
After a thorough assessment, I will work with you to determine the best way to administer the SSP to you.