Safe & Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol is a five-hour therapeutic listening intervention that I use as a form of psychoacoustic sound healing. But, the SSP isn’t simply five hours of music — it’s a comprehensive approach to healing. It helps unlock your ability to think, feel and connect better through nervous system regulation and creates a safe space for brain and body integration and healing to achieve impactful, long-lasting results.

“The cues from the safe individual enable the sick or compromised person not to be in defensive states. When we are in a defensive state, then we are using metabolic resources to defend. It’s not merely that we can’t be creative or loving when we’re scared; we can’t heal.”

― Stephen W. Porges, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

Repatterning the nervous system through listening.

Developed after years of research by Dr. Stephen Porges, based on Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-hour therapeutic listening intervention that I use as a form of psychoacoustic sound healing.

Originally designed to improve regulation and overall health, this vagal nerve stimulator works directly with the nervous system to shift the body and nervous system out of states of fight-flight-freeze into states of relaxation and relational connectivity.
 
Using sound frequencies through the auditory pathway, the SSP provides the listener with cues of safety to create more calmness and harmony in the body, mind, and nervous system. In addition, as a vagal nerve stimulator, many emotional, behavioral, or psychological patterns that are caused because we are stuck in states of fear, begin to shift and change during this process.

Safe & Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol is a five-hour therapeutic listening intervention that I use as a form of psychoacoustic sound healing. But, the SSP isn’t simply five hours of music — it’s a comprehensive approach to healing. It helps unlock your ability to think, feel and connect better through nervous system regulation and creates a safe space for brain and body integration and healing to achieve impactful, long-lasting results.

“The cues from the safe individual enable the sick or compromised person not to be in defensive states. When we are in a defensive state, then we are using metabolic resources to defend. It’s not merely that we can’t be creative or loving when we’re scared; we can’t heal.”

― Stephen W. Porges, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

Repatterning the nervous system through listening.

Developed after years of research by Dr. Stephen Porges, based on Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-hour therapeutic listening intervention that I use as a form of psychoacoustic sound healing.

Originally designed to improve regulation and overall health, this vagal nerve stimulator works directly with the nervous system to shift the body and nervous system out of states of fight-flight-freeze into states of relaxation and relational connectivity.
 
Using sound frequencies through the auditory pathway, the SSP provides the listener with cues of safety to create more calmness and harmony in the body, mind, and nervous system. In addition, as a vagal nerve stimulator, many emotional, behavioral, or psychological patterns that are caused because we are stuck in states of fear, begin to shift and change during this process.

How Does The Safe & Sound Protocol Work?

The music of the SSP has been filtered through a patented, evidence-based algorithm that highlights specific sound frequencies that help regulate the autonomic nervous system.

  • Individuals listen to specifically filtered music.
  • The SSP works to stimulate the inner ear muscles to orient towards cues of safety that are coming from the coherent tones. As a neurological exercise, the SSP is re-tuning the nervous system to take in safety through the human voice.
  • As the body ingests these cues of safety over 5 hours that are titrated over a several week period, the body begins to retune itself towards homeostasis and more regulation.
  • The body and nervous system move through cycles of physiological state shifts that can feel similar to the shifts that typically occur in Somatic Experiencing sessions.
  • Through the process of bringing more safety into the nervous system and body, the SSP re-tunes the nervous system towards relational connectivity and social responsiveness.
  • The provider’s own attuned embodied relational presence (heart coherence) also serves as a secondary support to invite the nervous system into a new experience of relational safety.
  • Throughout the process, the vagal nerve is supported to be more resilient and resourced impacting overall health, well being, and nervous system functioning.

Pre-requisites:
A quiet setting with no distraction.

Equipment:
Individuals need access to an over the ear headset and an Iphone for the SSP experience.

Introducing:  Transformative Harmonics

A unique approach to using sound and vibration (Safe and Sound Protocol)

I offer a unique approach to using the Safe and Sound Protocol that combines movement, breath, somatics, and bioenergetic healing into the SSP nervous system re-tuning experience to offer a holistic and unique experience that works to harmonize the body, mind, and heart.

Transformative Harmonics is a self-paced program that is designed to help you reconnect to the deepest core of yourself (the inner child). This includes reframing beliefs that have kept you out of self-love and empowerment, while also inviting you into more heart consciousness and the capacity to offer attuned presence to those around you.

Transformative Harmonics

  • Bioenergetic healing sessions to engage with your vibrational patterns that keep you out of mind, body, heart coherence.
  • Nervous system retuning to support social connection, regulation, and interoceptive awareness
  • Automatic writing prompts to explore the core wounds of the inner child
  • Meditations for enhancing connection to the body
  • Mindfulness practices to facilitate shifts in emotions and physiological states
  • Creative movement activities to enhance your capacity for more joy and spontaneity
  • Guidance to help you access your inner wisdom, creativity, and ease in being yourself

Who May Benefit From Transformative Harmonics?

  • Are you using embodied approaches to personal growth such as somatics, breathwork, psychedelic-assisted treatment, parts-work, or sound healing?
  • Are you looking to shift out of passivity into a more empowered experience of yourself and the gifts you bring to the world at this time?
  • Do you need more nervous system regulation and improvements in your overall capacity to handle life’s stressors?
  • Are you seeking clarity about your life, relationships, or spiritual path?

Introducing:  Transformative Harmonics

A unique approach to using sound and vibration (Safe and Sound Protocol)

I offer a unique approach to using the Safe and Sound Protocol that combines movement, breath, somatics, and bioenergetic healing into the SSP nervous system re-tuning experience to offer a holistic and unique experience that works to harmonize the body, mind, and heart.

Transformative Harmonics is a self-paced program that is designed to help you reconnect to the deepest core of yourself (the inner child). This includes reframing beliefs that have kept you out of self-love and empowerment, while also inviting you into more heart consciousness and the capacity to offer attuned presence to those around you.

Transformative Harmonics

  • Bioenergetic healing sessions to engage with your vibrational patterns that keep you out of mind, body, heart coherence.
  • Nervous system retuning to support social connection, regulation, and interoceptive awareness
  • Automatic writing prompts to explore the core wounds of the inner child
  • Meditations for enhancing connection to the body
  • Mindfulness practices to facilitate shifts in emotions and physiological states
  • Creative movement activities to enhance your capacity for more joy and spontaneity
  • Guidance to help you access your inner wisdom, creativity, and ease in being yourself

Who May Benefit From Transformative Harmonics?

  • Are you using embodied approaches to personal growth such as somatics, breathwork, psychedelic-assisted treatment, parts-work, or sound healing?
  • Are you looking to shift out of passivity into a more empowered experience of yourself and the gifts you bring to the world at this time?
  • Do you need more nervous system regulation and improvements in your overall capacity to handle life’s stressors?
  • Are you seeking clarity about your life, relationships, or spiritual path?

Services

Individual Services

$200 per 60-minute session.

Sessions consist of 30 minutes of Sound Healing using the SSP and 30 minutes of somatic counseling.

Hybrid program is 6 sessions.
Full program is 12 sessions.
Payment plans are available.

Sessions are Available Remotely or In-Person.

Healing Circles

The Healing Power of Sound Masters Course is a relational eco-system (sacred circle) that offers community, connection, and support in a shared space with like-minded individuals. Experience the power of coming together in a group setting to engage in transformational healing. Full details are available by clicking the button below.

Recent Testimonial

"Paula’s intuitive, wise, compassionate presence while listening to the SSP transformed life inhibiting somatic, relational and emotional narratives held by parts of myself, into life sustaining narratives. An emergent felt sense of safety and calm evolved in my personal life and my witnessing presence with others as a clinical psychologist. I unreservedly recommend that you invite her into your process while listening to the SSP."

Gail E. Gnade, PhD (Clinical Psychologist, CCTP-II, EMDR Certified)

More Details About SSP

Expertise
In 2022, I co-authored the Unyte-ILS SSP-SE Guidelines for Somatic Experiencing Practitioners.

Additionally, I am a mentor for Unyte-ILS and a member of the Unyte-ILS Clinical Advisory Board. 

Books
Coming Soon! Read about my approach on the SSP in Dr Porges upcoming book, published by Sounds True.

Podcast
Click here to listen to an episode of the SSP Podcast, where we talk about Somatic Experiencing and the Safe and Sound Protocol Guidelines.

Click here to listen to a podcast with Dr. Stephen Porges on The Nervous System Circuitry of Safety, Sound & Gratitude

Video
Safe & Sound Protocol:  Learning to Feel Safe

SSP in the News
Coming soon…
Dr. Steph Porges has teamed up with musician, composer and producer, Anthony Gorry and world-renowned percussionist and somatically-based-psychotherapist, Andrew Lovell to create a multi-sensory experience that is rooted in Polyvagal Theory. Stay tuned for more information on this modern approach to health, harmony, and emotional well being. For more information on Ajoia go to: https://ajoiawellbeing.com/


Read about the new SSP playlist created by Neo fusion artist AZA Allsop, MD, PhD. AZA is a Neo fusion artist and multi-instrumentalist who is deeply rooted in music from the African Diaspora. He grew up listening to gospel, reggae, soca, hip hop, blues, soul, and jazz and all of these genres have had a profound influence on the development of his musical style.  Read More about AZA here.