Sound Safe Protocol (SSP) Therapy

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Sound Safe Protocol is a five-day, one hour/day auditory therapy designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.  By calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy including relationship counseling.

The Sound Safe Protocol is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact social engagement

Listen to a ‘Relationship Alive’ podcast with Dr. Stephen Porges, creator of Sound Safe Protocol.

Emotional and physiological states are critical to how we approach the task at hand.  When we have better state control, not only can we be more socially engaged, we are also more present to the therapeutic process.  In other words better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes.

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage.  This allows the us to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language.  Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.

The SSP is a Patent Pending intervention.

  • Calms the emotional and physiological state by improving vagal regulation of the heart and improving auditory functions
  • Addresses difficulties in social communication
  • One hour of vocal music per day for five consecutive days

Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, the program is derived from nearly four decades of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes.  It is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed music.

The music trains the auditory pathways by focusing on the frequency envelope of human speech.  As the listener learns to process these speech-related frequencies, they improve the functioning of two cranial nerves that are important for promoting overall social behavior.  Cranial Nerve VII (Facial Nerve) helps clients focus on human voice and tune out irrelevant frequencies.  Cranial Nerve X (Vagus Nerve) enables self-soothing and autonomic regulation.

Following successful completion of the intervention, individuals will be better able to focus in learning environments, psychotherapy & personal development efforts, and everyday life and will experience a calmed emotional and physiological state.  This is based on studies that suggest that skills such as attention, state regulation and the ability to engage socially will be enhanced.

Listen to a ‘Relationship Alive’ Podcast with Dr. Stephen Porges

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