The Safe and Sound Protocol

Why The Safe and Sound Protocol?

First, let’s define what The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is. It is an evidence-based therapeutic tool designed to reset the nervous system before returning it to safety. This method can be beneficial to both children and adults in helping deal with a host of mental and physical issues. Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, author of Polyvagal Theory, creator of the Safe and Sound Protocol, and Chief Scientific Officer at Unyte-iLs, The Safe and Sound Protocol method is the only practical application of Polyvagal Theory. Also founded by Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and the nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, or danger or threat, can impact our behavior. SSP is good for many things such as but not limited to:

· Anxiety and Depression

· Inattention and Focus Issues

· Auditory Sensitivities

· Behavioral Regulation and Resilience

· Physical Coordination and Balance

· Reading and Auditory Processing

· Sleep

· Speech and Language

· Social and emotional difficulties

· Trauma and PTSD

· Stressors that impact social engagement

· And many more

Now that we know what The Safe and Sound Protocol is, let’s find out how it works. Essentially, it’s designed to improve sound sensitivities and auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors through specially filtered music. The Safe and Sound Protocol allows for the repatterning of neural networks and improved regulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) for change that will last for the long term. Based on the hierarchical recruitment of the ANS, The Safe and Sound Protocol trains the middle ear muscles to tune in to cues of safety signaled by the frequencies of the human voice. This stimulates the social engagement system through the neural network associated with listening.

Here at Flourish, we use a blend of innovative technology, the ancient science of yoga, and the body’s own self-healing ability to meet each person where they are and help them to move forward on their own healing journey of growth. I integrate the Safe and Sound Protocol into my existing methods of bodywork and trauma-informed yoga therapy as a way to enhance the long-term healing of those I work with. The SSP is an adjunct therapy meant to be used in combination with and to enhance existing treatment programs. When patients are able to enter a regulated state of safety and calm by listening to the treated music served by the SSP, they become more receptive to other effective therapies such as Somatic Experiencing, bodywork, or trauma-informed yoga therapy.

So, what does an SSP session with me look like? The Safe and Sound Protocol consists of a total of 5 hours (broken up into sections of usually 30 minutes each) of listening to computer-altered music that exercises and dramatically improve the functioning of the polyvagal system. What this means is that after the program we can feel safer, connected, in control of our reactions and triggers, more relaxed and grounded, and less stuck in harmful patterns of fear and depression. SSP is perfect for those with PTSD or who have experienced trauma in the past, those who struggle with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, TBI, attention or sensory processing issues, digestion issues, insomnia, and even chronic physical issues that just won’t go away. It literally pulls stress, trauma, and tension out of the nervous system.

Each time we meet, we spend an hour together working on self-regulation exercises, sensory awareness practices, breathing, and movement, in addition to the listening portion of the session. Clients leave with practical exercises for self-regulation, grounding, self-care, and a greater awareness of their own internal state and how to regulate it rather than be at the mercy of it. SSP sessions may be done in person or remotely via Zoom. We generally have between 3 and 4 sessions a week, so the whole program takes between 2 to 3 weeks to complete. It may be repeated in the future for further progress if desired.

Once implemented, the complete program can be administered in our clinic or remotely! As previously mentioned, The Safe and Sound Protocol is safe for children, and of course adults. It was designed to work with a diverse variety of therapeutic approaches and modalities and for a variety of issues and challenges. It is an excellent support for clinical therapy. Its effectiveness has been proven in a wide range of studies including clinical trials involving children with autism spectrum disorder, along with numerous case studies demonstrating effectiveness with emotional regulation, trauma, anxiety, and more.

This testimony from a Provider, Ana do Valle, OTR, SEP, states, “[The SSP] has allowed me to work with clients, children, and adults, through a very short period of time and achieve results that normally would take me six months or more in a regular therapeutic process. I see trust, I see connection, I see safety being kindled at a level that the therapeutic process can flow without barriers.”

It is evident by thousands in the psychological and therapeutic fields that The Safe and Sound Protocol is instrumental in healing people of many issues that can be debilitating to them and their daily lives. The fact that it can be integrated into existing therapies is even more reason to give it a try. Regardless of what step you are in on your healing journey, the SSP can be another tool that you use to heal and stay healed longer. If you are in search of a therapist or are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, I’m here for you.

Feel free to register for a free preliminary consultation before beginning this program. Select ‘Consultation’ via ‘Book Now’ on the menu. I’m offering special introductory prices: $770 for the whole series or $70 per session. This is a limited-time offer. Make sure to sign up for either online or in person when you register.

Finally, before participating in The Safe and Sound Protocol, there are a few Precautions/Considerations/Contraindications to consider. Each client is considered on an individual basis. If any of the following are present, the provider may recommend waiting to do this exercise until a later date.

· Experience of uncontrolled seizures

· Taking antipsychotic drugs

· Diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder

· Demonstration of self-harm and/or suicidal behavior

If you have any more questions regarding The Safe and Sound Protocol, contact me today.

Hugs,

Lakshmi

lakshmi@flourishwholenesscenter.com 919-228-8856

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