About the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
The SSP is an evidence-based listening therapy designed to reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors through filtered music. As a practical application of Polyvagal Theory, the SSP acts as a non-invasive, acoustic vagal nerve stimulator, helping to re-tune the nervous system to better support connection, collaboration and resilience. The SSP involves listening to specially filtered music through headphones alongside a provider, in-person or remotely. Suitable for children and adults, the SSP has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorders and more.
Highlights of the SSP:
- An auditory intervention developed and patented by Dr. Stephen Porges, author of the Polyvagal Theory.
- Designed to get you out of chronic fight/flight or freeze states and into a calm, connected and socially engaged state.
- Reduces sound sensitivity, and improve auditory processing and behavioral state regulation.
- Decreases stress-induced gastro-intestinal issues and other physical symptoms.
- Is an adjunct to psychotherapy and accelerates and enhances therapeutic outcomes.
- Supports physiological state regulation, allowing for greater resilience.
SSP video: Click to view
Polyvagal Theory: the Science of Feeling Safe
Developed by world-renowned researcher, Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and the nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, danger or life-threat can impact our behavior. Understanding Polyvagal Theory gives us a scientific framework that can be applied through physiological, or “bottom-up” therapies, to help change and improve how we feel, think and connect with others.
Polyvagal Theory video: Click to view
SSP is not covered by insurance but might be reimbursable with a Health Spending Account or a Flexible Spending Account.
Pricing: includes full access to the app and website subscription, behind the scene monitoring by your clinician to ensure safe and effective delivery and between-sessions support:
$300 per month or $700 for 6 months