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The Safe and Sound Protocol

 What is the SSP?

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy.

The SSP is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact social engagement
Dr. Stephen Porges

Questions? Get in touch with us at (303) 741-4544 or email at [email protected].

Emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach the task at hand. So when a client has better state control, not only can they be more socially engaged, they are more open to therapy. Better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes. Read more about how the SSP is helping clients.

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.

Professionals with backgrounds in therapy, education, medicine and psychology are eligible to register for SSP training.


  • We have tried so many other things with minimal help – we just never got to the core of the issue – the SSP got to the core.

    Amy R. Parent
  • This girl and her family have attempted many different therapeutic interventions over the developmental years and unfortunately were discouraged with the outcomes. The positive results on the SSP have provided this family with encouragement and hope.

    Dalyce Wilson-Podesky and Julie Campbell Therapists
  • I want to let you know that I feel that the SSP seems to have rebooted my emotions relative to grieving for my sister. My face feels more expressive, there is more modulation in my voice, and I feel less of a wall between me and the world. Yay!!!!!

    Sarah S. Therapist
  • I was a little skeptical about how well the SSP would work for me. I cannot believe how less reactive I am. I view the world completely differently. I can connect with my family in a deeper way. People around me have noticed the difference.

    L. F.
  • I suffered a traumatic experience with severe bullying three years ago. I was diagnosed with PTSD and even had to come home to be homeschooled because I kept getting triggered when little incidents that would occur with other students. After I finished the SSP, I was less grumpy all the time. My mother noticed the most difference because I am not arguing with her near as much as I used to. I am much happier now.

  • I have had characteristics of complex PTSD, as well as developmental issues due to isolation from 10 weeks to one year of age. As a teenager I once had the opportunity to swim in the ocean at Jones Beach near New York City. The tide was going out, and quickly I was a long way from land. I paddled frantically to keep my head above the rough water. Suddenly a hand placed itself under my belly and lifted me over the swell that I hadn't been able to reach and cross on my own. The lifeguard had seen me in danger and carried me to safety. I had the same experience of being saved by someone I didn't even know in June, 2019, when I put on special headphones and listened to a five-hour music program called the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) developed by Stephen Porges. I had never consciously felt the continuous panic that I'd lived with since infancy--but I noticed it as soon as I finished the SSP because suddenly it was gone. I didn't have to overeat. I could exercise rather than holding my body as still as possible. For the first time in nearly three decades I felt like a survivor looking back at long journey, not a victim without any way to escape. BENEFITS:

    • My thoracic diaphragm and the joint in the middle of my breastbone relaxed completely for the first time since my suffocation accident. Since then it has been easier to breathe, and the tension in those two areas has not returned.
    • I was able to adhere to the diet to bring my cholesterol down in a way that I couldn't before because the diet previously triggered a sense of danger, and now it doesn't.
    • I stopped feeling like I was an unknowable type of person and would always be alone. I went to a piano recital given by an acquaintance and he and everyone greeted me warmly.
    • Suddenly I could work continuously without becoming panicked every hour and needing to eat to calm myself.
    • I was able to cook for myself and exercise, activities that previously make me feel nervous and unsafe.
    • My concept of myself shifted from victim to survivor.

    Adult Client Testimonial
  • Safe, sound, and simple. The level of ease and simplicity that comes with SSP digital delivery contributes to keeping the experience within reach of the nervous system’s capacity to safely engage.

    Deb Dana LCSW, Clinician, Consultant, Lecturer
  • I have been using the new digital SSP version and am delighted to be able to offer it to clients needing support without any delay in shipping and without concerns of contamination regarding equipment. I can select whether my clients have access to the children's playlist, adult playlist, or both. A few weeks ago I had a client that was struggling...I was able to send the email invite and she began using SSP with my support in the safety of her home the very next day. What a gift to have a digital tool, especially during this time of great need.

    Autum Romano Author, Massage Therapist, SSP Provider, Reiki Master
  • The digital version of SSP delivery is easy to navigate. I just select a playlist and session on my digital device and just pick up from where we left off if I have to pause with a client. My patients mostly have speech-language-auditory processing disorders including autism, learning disability, stuttering, emotional reactivity, anxiety, attention, speech in noise issues, endurance, and developmental delays. It seems most helpful for those with emotional reactivity to auditory input, and anxiety. Some see overt improvement with speech in noise issues, and anxiety.

    Dr. Kavita Kaul Audiologist, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • With the digital version of SSP I now have near instantaneous delivery of the SSP to my clients who are all in different locations and countries. No shipping. No broken / unreturned headphones. No waiting and hoping the SSP makes it to the client prior the scheduled Day 1 session. It’s a game changer. I can focus on being there for them and supporting them more easily and faster.

    Tom DeLano Facilitator


1. The SSP increased vagal regulation of the heart and normalized auditory processing in children with ASD. (Read here.)

2. The SSP enhanced social behavior in children with ASD. (Read here.)

3. Using the SSP with children who have experienced trauma. Funded by the Australian Childhood Foundation. (Read here.)

4. Assessing the effects of the SSP on behavioral regulation in children and adults with ADD/ADHD. In cooperation with: ADD Centre and Biofeedback Institute of Toronto. (Read here.)

5. Assessing the effects of the SSP on improvement of social and regulation behaviors in individuals with PWS.  In addition, a new methodology for collecting and evaluating vocal samples for analyses of prosody will be assessed. (Read here.)

6. Determining if the SSP can decrease the atypical features of the Social Engagement System in adolescents and young adults with Prader Willi Syndrome. In cooperation with the Latham Centers School in Brewster, Massachusetts. (Read here.)

7. Examining the effects of the SSP on chronic pain in older adults. In cooperation with the Meadowood Retirement Community in Bloomington, Indiana. (Read here.)

Get Trained

Course Prerequisite: Clinical/Educational Degree

The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP): A Portal to Social Engagement Training Course is an on-demand course available in our e-learning platform. The course includes lectures from Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Keri Heilman, as well as information on including the SSP in your practice. For you convenience, the course can be taken from any location, and does not have to be completed all at once.

Upon completion, you will be eligible to subscribe to the SSP system.


Questions? Get in touch with us at (303) 741-4544 or email at [email protected].

The SSP is a Patented intervention.

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