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Discussion: Integrating EMDR and the Safe and Sound Protocol

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective form of treatment for trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions and more. While EMDR can be helpful in many cases, some clients who struggle with nervous system regulation may become overwhelmed when moved into the desensitization and reprocessing prematurely.

Following EMDR’s phasic approach, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) can further equip EMDR therapists in Phase 2: Preparation, offering scaffolded experiences of safety and affect regulation support.

In this video podcast on The Art and Science of EMDR, Jill Hosey, Approved EMDRIA Consultant, EMDR trainer and certified SSP provider, joins Unyte’s Leah Dawang, a somatic coach, and host Rotem Brayer, M.Ed., LPC, in a conversation about the benefits of integrating the SSP with EMDR therapy.

Topics covered in this video include:

  • Benefits of using the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) and its three pathways
  • Integrating the SSP in Phase 2 of EMDR (Preparation/Resourcing)
  • Clinical considerations and remote delivery of SSP with EMDR
  • Assessments for EMDR clients
  • Understanding situations in which clients get triggered
  • Working with clients who experience dissociation
  • Polyvagal Theory and neuroception

Discover the Safe and Sound Protocol

An auditory intervention developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the SSP restores the nervous system, and is designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.

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