Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based listening therapy designed to reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioural state regulation, and social engagement behaviours through filtered music.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a powerful listening therapy designed to help regulate the nervous system, so you can better connect
with yourself, others and the world around you.
The SSP is based on the understanding that our early experiences can have a profound impact on our nervous system. When we experience trauma or stress, our nervous system can become dysregulated, leading to a variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, and difficulty in relationships.
The SSP uses specially designed music to help the brain rewire itself and become more regulated. The music is played through headphones, and the listener is guided through a series of exercises designed to help them relax and focus on the music.
The SSP has been shown to be effective in a variety of populations, including children with autism spectrum disorder, adults with post-traumatic stress disorder, and people with anxiety and depression.
The SSP has been shown to be effective in a number of studies. Some of the benefits of the SSP include:
The SSP is a safe and effective therapy. It has been used by thousands of people with no reported side effects. If you are looking for a natural and effective way to improve your mental health, the SSP may be a good option for you.
SSP Connect is full spectrum music, without any filtration or modification. Essentially, SSP Connect contains music that is no different from what you might hear on the radio. It can be used as an introduction to the listening experience, to create familiarity and expectancy in the nervous system.
Many providers start clients with SSP Connect to assess their sensitivity to listening and to enhance overall readiness for SSP Core.
SSP Core is a progressively, dynamically filtered music program. It is the strongest and potentially most therapeutic. It can be used with all types of clients to help reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioural state regulation, and social engagement behaviours.
SSP Balance has lighter filtration than SSP Core, and does not progress dynamically. Many providers give clients access to SSP Balance following completion of SSP Core to continue or extend the benefits. Some clients report using SSP Balance as a ‘state shifter’ to help them return to a calm state. Think of SSP Balance as a ‘home exercise program’ for the nervous system.
The SSP Core music
The music of the SSP is unlike any other. Each track has been filtered through a patented algorithm that highlights specific sound frequencies that are similar to the human voice.
As you listen to the music of the SSP, these highlighted frequencies send cues of safety to retune your nervous system, which can help you feel more settled, engaged and balanced.
This is an example of the full-spectrum sound frequencies in a typical unfiltered clip of popular music.
Here is the exact same clip — after being filtered through the evidence-based algorithm backed by decades of scientific research.
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