The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP)
Appropriate for adults and children, the Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) helps the nervous system to realize it does not need to be defensive and can relax to do its job, which is to self regulate. The SSP is a research-based mind/body therapy that helps create a sense of safety from the inside, by reducing stress & auditory sensitivity.
With the support of the therapist, clients listen to filtered music using over the ear headphones. This specialized music trains the middle ear muscles to focus on certain frequencies, and uses the acoustic channel as portal to neural regulation and sense of safety at the autonomic nervous system level.
Many who complete this therapy report a ripple effect of benefits such as enhancement of social engagement, higher resilience, more openness to therapy, less environmental overstimulation and anxiety, increased ability to understand and follow instructions.
The SSP is not a stand-alone therapy or a quick fix. Changes initiated by the SSP need to be reinforced by continued therapy and supportive social engagement.
SSP may benefit those living with:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Sleep problems (due to worry and ruminating)
Self-medicating behaviors (alcohol or drug use, gambling addiction, etc.)
ASD, ADHD, SPD