Safe and Sound Protocol

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unsure about how to "reset" this protocol can help!

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an 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.

Emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach our everyday lives and feelings. When a person has better state, or mood, control, they can feel more comfortable with themselves and others. Therapy can be more affective and goals reached more easily and sooner. 

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system to introduce a sense of felt safety and increase the ability to interact with others more easily.  This will allow the person to better interpret the emotional meaning of language. Once personal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.*

How does it work?

During each session in Amy’s office, you will listen to music that has been altered to help your nervous system tune into felt safety more strongly. This sense of felt safety allows us to move and function in the world the way we would like. Amy will be present with you as you listen and is trained to help you move through any feelings or discomforts that may arise. 

*Information from the Safe and Sound website,

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What is the SSP?

SSP Program Summary