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Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

Helping Your Nervous System Feel Calmer and Safer In The World

What Can the Safe and Sound Protocol Help You With?

  • increased ability to focus

  • increased comfort in social situations

  • reduced hyper-sensitivity to tastes and textures

  • auditory processing disorders and hypersensitivities including misophonia

  • improved reciprocal communication

  • selective mutism

  • improved ability to tolerate and function in noisy or busy settings

  • chronic pain

  • sleep issues

  • less emotional reactivity and improved emotional regulation

  • sensory sensitivity and emotional regulation challenges associated with Autism 

  • improved emotional regulation can help to prepare you for EMDR or Brainspotting therapy

How it Works
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How it Works

We use our senses to perceive the world around us. Our ears allow us to hear sounds, and our brain makes sense of what we hear by perceiving and processing different frequencies, which influences how we experience the world and the sounds around us.

To learn, relate with others, work, and play, our nervous system needs to be in a calm state emotionally and physically. To connect with people, we need to have a calm ‘social engagement system.’

However, some people have extremely sensitive nervous systems and they become easily distressed from the sounds involved in typical social interactions such as interacting with people at home, school, or work. Background noise can make this even harder.

Certain sounds can cause the brain to enter a defensive mode where it focuses on cues of danger and threat. When this happens, the brain is less focused on cues of safety or it may misinterpret them. This sets off a vicious cycle, and over time it becomes easier to hear the lower frequency sounds which so often signal danger. Some nervous systems are easily distressed by the sounds associated with social interaction, and people are triggered into flight or flight mode rather than the safe and connected feeling that should come with being in social engagement mode.

SSP consists of 5 hours of carefully filtered music designed to train and exercise the ear and the brain to be less triggered by sound and to recognise cues of safety and feel calmer and safer in the world. This occurs as the ears more easily filter out lower frequency background noises and focus on more safe and socially engaging sounds and cues of safety and connection. The SSP  activates the parasympathetic branch of the Autonomic Nervous System (also known as the rest and digest part of our nervous system responsible for our ability to calm and socially engage). It also tempers the sympathetic branch of the ANS (often referred to as the fight or flight response). This facilitates listening, interpreting and understanding the emotional meaning in language, and leads to improved social interactions and increased emotional regulation.

SSP is delivered either within a psychotherapy session or self-directed remotely with email check-ins and support.

The fee for completing SSP is $795 (+HST for residents of Canada). There is no additional fee for doing SSP within the context of ongoing therapy sessions.

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