“The quest for safety is the basis for leading a successful life”

The Safe and Sound Protocol® is a research-based therapy showing significant results in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Academic challenges
  • Anxiety and trauma-related challenges
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact social engagement
  • Internal agitation, irritability, and reactivity
  • Those on the Autism Spectrum and those with physical conditions exacerbated by stress

Changes are often seen immediately, but many times gradually unfold over 2 months as a person’s nervous system integrates and engages with the new information that is now available. If you have tried everything and nothing has worked, it could be because your nervous system is in a fight-flight or freeze response. The Safe and Sound Protocol® is designed to help your body shift out of this survival mechanism and orient toward healing.

What is the Safe and Sound Protocol®?

Developed by neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol® is a five-hour, research-based, auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, the SSP exerts a calming effect on our physiological and emotional state. This opens the door for improved healing, communication, and social ease.


Listen to specially mastered vocal music through headphones. Choose from Classical, Disney, or Rock/Pop selections. The music is carefully designed to exercise the tiny muscles of the middle ear so that they can become attuned once more to the range of frequencies that mammals use for social engagement, which are at a higher frequency band than that which is used for threat monitoring. These muscles also have links to the vagus nerve, thus stimulating it to restore normal function and to support your nervous system in coming out of fight, flight, and freeze and away from protective vigilance. We experience this vigilance in myriad ways, such as an ongoing feeling of being unsafe. This can be expressed as reactive anxiety and/or anger. Once we can let go of this vigilance, we are free to engage in social connection, resting, healing, and enjoying life.


As an SSP provider,  I am quick to recognize signs of dysregulation, particularly because of my training in educational kinesiology and reflex integration, and I can help you maintain a state of balance so that your journey with SSP can be smooth and enjoyable.

I strongly encourage you as parents to go through the  SSP/ ILS  protocol. As parents, YOU ARE the positive example of emotional regulation and the most important coregulators for your children in this world. Coregulation is the heart of the success of this program.

Throughout the program, I am available to you as needed via text, phone, email, or Zoom.


For children, the safest way to experience the program is both here in my office with me, and usually in the company of their parents or caregivers. Because of this, I offer the program a little differently for them than for adults. I will initially meet with you, the parents or caregivers, to gain an understanding of your child and the challenges they may be facing. Then I will orient you to the program, teaching you how to administer it and what to look out for at home. We discuss how often, how much, when, and where to listen. The actual listening is done with you as the safe presence (coregulator) in your home. We will maintain close contact via Zoom, phone, email, or text to support you and adjust the program as needed. The amount of clock time the program takes varies according to your child’s nervous system.


We will have an initial session where we explore what you are looking for from the program and how I can best support you. Together, we will explore the patterns of your individual nervous system and how it adapts to life so that you will be fully prepared to recognize how SSP is affecting you. We will also go over the mechanics of how to use the app, when and where to listen, what to expect, and answer any questions that you have.

Our next session is where we will begin the listening. We will be tracking what you are noticing in your body and emotions as you listen. You may listen for up to 30 minutes or perhaps much less, depending on how the music is affecting you. We will be looking for the “just right” amount for your nervous system. From here we will decide how best to proceed. Some people may then complete some listening on their own before we meet up again around hour 3 of the program. We will also meet during hour 5 and at that point will discuss the next steps. For some people, particularly in cases of trauma, I recommend working more closely together and adding sessions of movement/reflex integration movement to support what may emerge as part of the listening process.

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