The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) by Intergrated Listening Systems is an evidence informed, 5 hour listening protocol that utilizes one’s auditory system and it’s connection to our nervous system to passively activate the vagus nerve. This can result in toning and strengthening the body’s ability to achieve a physiological state of calm, safety, and regulation while also reducing stress, anxiety, and auditory sensitivity. Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges after years of research and grounded in his work on Polyvagal Theory, the SSP is an innovative new way of assisting clients through the exercising of neural pathways associated with regulating behavioral state and social engagement.
SSP sessions are tailored to each person and their own nervous system, with clients listening from as little as a few minutes to up to one hour at a time per session. This means for some the protocol would be complete in as little as five listening sessions – while others find less listening time per session to be more comfortable within their body, and so the protocol would stretch out over a greater number of sessions. Support from Sabrina as the process unfolds can help you assess what the right fit is for you.
The music utilized within the protocol has been intentionally selected and uniquely filtered to stretch and exercise the muscles of the middle ear, which effectively activates the vagus nerve. It uses common songs that many will find familiar, though the sound of each song may be different depending on the level of filtration. The listening experience is intended to be calm and peaceful, with clients settling into a quiet space to listen with over-the-ear headphones while engaging in a relaxing activity such as drawing, puzzling, painting, or coloring – and always with a grounded listening partner nearby to support a safe listening experience.
Existing therapy clients, new clients, and clients who are referred by (and are under the care of) other therapists are eligible to utilize this intervention. It is important to note that the SSP is not intended as a stand alone therapy, but is intended to enhance and support an individual in their current therapeutic work. Eligibility for remote delivery will also be determined before beginning the SSP, as certain criteria need to be met in order for the protocol to be as successful as possible.
If you’re interested in beginning the SSP, get in touch with Sabrina for more information on in person, remote, or hybrid delivery.