Safe & Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based cutting edge intervention, that increases social connection and engagement. SSP was developed over 4 decades of peer-reviewed research by Dr. Stephen Porges, an internationally renowned trauma researcher and neuroscientist, based on Polyvagal Theory. Safe and Sound Protocol is a passive pathway intervention that boosts or accelerates the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges and based on the Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day, one-hour per day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement, connection and resilience. The intervention uses prosodic vocal music that has been filtered to train the middle ear muscles to focus in on the frequency found in human speech.  Once human speech is properly perceived, the portal to social engagement has been opened.  SSP assists in toning the vagus nervous system, allowing for a calmer physiological and emotional state which leads to improved sense of connection, communication, and more successful therapeutic outcomes.

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

  • Complex and developmental trauma
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Attachment disorder
  • Auditory sensitivities and auditory processing challenges (Including Hyperacusis and Misophonia)
  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact social engagement