Click here if you are in crisis and require immediate assistance.
×

Get a Personalized Recommendation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

EMDR Therapy + SSP: Scaffolded Experiences of Safety for Greater Reprocessing and Healing

EMDR therapy aims to help clients recall and reprocess traumatic events without experiencing intense and emotional reactions. This may be difficult to achieve when they’re stuck in a chronic state of defense, however, until they’re able to feel safe and connected.

By integrating the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), EMDR therapists can develop a foundation of safety at the neurophysiological level, giving their clients greater capacity to engage in the healing process.

Learn more below.

Pioneered by Dr. Stephen Porges, The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) helps shift the nervous system to be more present and regulated, empowering therapists to improve client capacity for connection and EMDR therapy receptivity.

Reprocessing and Nervous System Regulation

When clients aren’t progressing or struggle to complete treatment, it may be because their nervous system is in a state of chronic defense. When this happens, typical exercises of Phase 2 of EMDR therapy can be painfully inaccessible.

As safety can be both subjective and elusive, some EMDR therapists may move through Phase 2 too quickly, risking retraumatization or becoming stuck.

As an evidence-based and trauma-informed therapy that engages the vagus nerve through the neural network associated with listening, the SSP shifts the nervous system into safety using algorithmically filtered music.

It has shown to be a vital tool to support and scaffold experiences of safety, building adaptive information that can be accessed in later phases of EMDR therapy and help your clients heal.

More successful outcomes,
fewer setbacks

  • Support and scaffold experiences of safety in Phase 2 at the neurophysiological level without requiring direct or active participation from the client.
  • Enable clients to access, experience and tolerate change via a regulated physiological state.
  • Repattern the nervous system, and give greater access to emotional regulation and the ability to shift through affective states with greater ease, diminishing the possibility of flooding and retraumatization.
  • Use throughout EMDR Therapy, interweaving the SSP listening therapy throughout a client’s treatment model for holistic regulation support.

Resources and On-Demand Webinar, featuring EMDRIA Approved Consultants

Access valuable EMDR therapy and SSP resources below and watch the on-demand webinar, featuring a panel of EMDRIA Approved Consultants who discuss the nuances of integration.

Want to learn more? Speak with one of our Program Consultants, many of whom are practitioners, to learn how to integrate the SSP into your unique practice.

Featuring EMDRIA Approved Consultants:
Jillian Hosey, MSW RSW
Laurie Belanger, LCSW-R
Dr. Nicole Black, PhD., LPC-S, LCDC, RPT
Eliza Fernandes, MSW RSW
Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Hear from the Experts

“Part of the art and science of EMDR Therapy is in pacing the experience to avoid overwhelm. The SSP gives us an effective, empowering client tool and an informative therapist gauge to help increase both the safety and quality of the work.”
Laurie Belanger, LCSW-R, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

“The SSP offers a space to relearn and reconnect to the experience of inner ease, both within the self and within relationship to other, allowing for deeper healing and growth to occur.”
Jillian Hosey, MSW RSW

EMDR Therapy and
SSP Summary

Infographic

Use this visual tool to help communicate with your clients and colleagues the benefits of integrating the SSP into EMDR therapy.

EMDR + SSP Combined
Delivery Guidelines

Guideline Excerpt

A clinical resource guiding EMDR therapists who are also SSP providers on safe delivery. Become an SSP provider to access the full guidelines!

Safe and Sound Protocol OVerview

The Foundation of the Safe and Sound Protocol

Summary

Discover The Science of Safety by downloading this short overview of the SSP that you can share with your clients or colleagues.

DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK: Effective Processing and Nervous System Regulation - The Essential Foundation for Health
Take a fresh look at brain and body integration and the insights we can take from this connection to improve our physical health, emotional regulation and overall well-being.

Access more useful resources here.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

Discover how nervous system regulating therapeutic solutions can create lasting change for your clients.

I'm a Therapist or Healthcare Provider/Professional
Speak to a Consultant about the ideal therapeutic tools and programs for your clients and practice.
I’m Interested in Tools for My Family and am not a Healthcare Provider
Learn about available programs and/or providers for your specific needs.
I’m a Healthcare Professional
Unyte-iLs programs are adjunct therapies intended to be integrated within a holistic approach to sensory, physical, cognitive, and/or mental health treatment.
Call Us at 1-866-594-9453 or Request a Call
Book a Meeting
Live Chat

Request a call

We 're sorry we missed you! Our offices are now closed. You can email [email protected] or give us a call at 1-866-594-9453 during business hours, Monday to Friday from 9-6 pm ET.

Book a Meeting Now!

Live Chat

Use the Chat icon in the bottom right of your screen to message with a Unyte-iLs consultant.
Please note chat is available Monday-Friday during business hours.

I’m a Family or Individual
Unyte-iLs programs can be used at home by families and individuals, facilitated by a certified clinician.
Find out if the Unyte Home Program is Right for You
Find a Unyte-iLs Provider in Your Area

Get Started with the Unyte Home Program

Chat Now

Click on the chat icon in the bottom right corner of this window to speak with a Unyte-iLs consultant.
Please note chat is available Monday-Friday during business hours.

Find a Unyte-iLs Provider in Your Area

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search