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Safe & Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a polyvagal-informed, time-limited, music-based treatment program designed to help rebalance your nervous system and foster resiliency. It is a secondary trauma treatment, used in conjunction with other methods, which can be done from the comfort of your own home in as little as 30-60 minutes a day. Unlike most treatments, it does not require you to focus on the negative experiences associated with trauma.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Safe And Sound Protocol (SSP)?

SSP is a research-based, polyvagal theory-informed program developed by trauma expert Dr. Stephen Porges. SSP can augment and accelerate progress in your therapy and recovery efforts. The protocol is designed to reduce stress while enhancing resilience and fostering greater balance in your nervous system.

As a result, you are better able to interpret meaning and intent in communication with others, leading to an enriched felt sense of safety and calming in your physiological state. In essence, SSP fosters a greater capacity for connection with yourself and others.

What is a SSP Session Like?

SSP requires you to listen to specially filtered music that gently stimulates your autonomic nervous system. The treatment is carried out across consecutive days at the pace of either 15 one hour-long sessions across 15 days, or 30 half-hour long sessions across 30 days. The sessions can be done remotely via app using either your iPhone or Android. It does not require any focus at all on disturbing memories.

Are multiple rounds of SSP possible?

Yes, the treatment can be repeated after approximately 4-6 weeks.

Can SSP be used in intensive treatment formats?

SSP can be initiated during an intensive. You may purchase the SSP package for a reduced rate after the intensive if you wish to complete the remainder of the treatment.

Can Only Licensed Professionals Become Brainspotting Practitioners?

SSP can be administered by other staff members under the oversight of a Certified SSP provider, who must be a licensed mental health professional.