Safe and Sound Protocol

Nourish and awaken the nervous system. Feel better. Think better. Connect better. 

The Safe and Sound Protocol, or SSP, is a non-invasive application of Polyvagal Theory, based on decades of research and developed by Dr. Stephen Porges.

The SSP is a proven method of working with the Polyvagal nerve through a listening program. You listen to 5 hours of specially filtered music which, through neuroplasticity can change the state of the vagus nerve. There have been clinical trials that have shown improvements in:

  • Emotional control
  • Behavioral organization
  • Hearing sensitivity and listening

Polyvagal Theory or the “science of feeling safe,”  focuses on what is happening in the body and the nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, or danger or threat, can impact our behavior.

What you hear, and how you hear it, influences how the body responds.

Listening is connected with the vagus nerve, the body’s internal control center for processing and responding to cues and signals from the world around us.  The SSP uses specially-filtered music to train the neural network associated with listening to focus on the frequency range of the human voice. 

We look, speak and listen with the same system. When the voice changes, the body responds. As we learn to focus on the sound frequencies of human speech through the SSP program, the vagus nerve becomes stimulated and the state of feeling more safe and calm becomes accessible.

The proof is in the playlists. Specially treated music playlists are part of the SSP program and all help ‘prime’ the nervous system by exposing it to different sound frequencies. Listening to these playlists through over the ear headphones helps the nervous system to more readily achieve balance, or “homeostasis.” 

How it will look like

First an initial contact phone call will take place to access suitability.

After initial contact there will be an email exchange with assessment forms and the online delivery instructions. There is an app that you download to access the playlist.

Following that an assessment session online occurs. In this session there will be a brief history will be taken and you will be given full instructions as well as a way of working will be discussed. This will vary for everyone as some people will listen a half hour every day and others a few minutes. We will work out a system in order for you to feel fully supported through the process no matter how often you are listening.

There will be someone available for support throughout the whole process however there will only be two scheduled sessions. The initial and the final. During the listen support will be available through your preferred method. Some people like check in via email, some phone calls. Others prefer to check in themselves. This will all be decided upon during that first session.

At the end of listening a wrap up session will occur.

Sessions are held online as well as all listening will be in the comfort of your own home.

Costs

Costs will vary as it will depend on the support and follow up. It will range from €350-€500. We can discuss that on the initial call.

For existing clients a fee of €150 plus the regular cost of sessions.

For more information

Contact me on : info@pausepsychology.org or call me  06 300 818 80.