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The Safe and Sound Protocol ("SSP") Now Offered at Family and Child Therapy

Curious about how to reset your nervous system?

The SSP is a fascinating, evidence-based listening program designed to help reset your nervous system after trauma or chronic stress that was developed by researcher, psychologist, neuroscientist, and founder of Polyvagal Theory, Dr. Stephen Porges.


The SSP consists of five hours of listening to specially-filtered music, which functions as a non-invasive acoustic vagus nerve stimulator that can help individuals better connect with themselves, others, and the world around them from a foundation of physiological safety. There are multiple listening tracks; some specifically tailed to adults, some to children, and some to any age.

The SSP is a fascinating, evidence-based listening program designed to help reset your nervous system after trauma or chronic stress that was developed by researcher, psychologist, neuroscientist, and founder of Polyvagal Theory, Dr. Stephen Porges.
Safe and Sound Protocol

The music of the SSP has been found to deliver “cues of safety” to the listener. If the listening occurs in the context of the person feeling safe and supported, this allows the listener to experience a calmer, parasympathetic state, where they no longer need to constantly scan the environment (and lower frequency sounds) for danger. Instead, they can focus on higher frequency sounds, like human speech. These changes can come together to allow a client to more easily filter out sounds that previously would have caused them distress


The SSP has been found to help with:

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Sleep issues

  • Long-covid

  • Sensory processing challenges

  • Digestive issues

The SSP is not meant to be a stand-alone treatment. However, in combination with therapy (EMDR, talk therapy, occupational therapy, for example), the protocol can help a client address chronic difficulties. While some people notice results immediately, others may take up to eight weeks to experience full benefits.


The effectiveness of the SSP has been proven in a wide range of studies including clinical trials involving children with autism, along with numerous case studies demonstrating effectiveness with emotional regulation, trauma, anxiety and more. Studies have begun on how the SSP can affect the impact of long COVID. Research results and case studies


The SSP must be delivered by a trained professional. It is provided in small increments of time, sometimes as small as 30 seconds, depending on one’s nervous system’s ability to tolerate the experience.


Cost:

  • If current client of our SSP provider, $150 for access to SSP for four months; Together we will customize a listening program in session

  • If current client of another therapist in the practice, $150 for access to SSP for four months (includes email support) plus required $210 for one session introduction (includes psychoeducation and design of listening program). Additional in-person sessions, if desired or determined to be needed, will be billed at the clinician’s regular rate.

  • If new client, please contact info@familyandchildtherapy.com to discuss rates and options.

For more information about the SSP, see: www.whatisthessp.com


To schedule a consultation call about the SSP, please email info@familyandchildtherapy.com


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