Safe and Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol is an evidence-based non invasive therapeutic tool designed to retune the nervous system and return it to safety using specially filtered music that stimulates the vagus nerve.

Our ability to hear and tune to a full range of frequencies maintains the body’s ability to be on alert or, stay calm and socially engaged in the presence of others. Calm states are required for learning, development, relationships and to maintain mood. By stimulating the vagus nerve via listening we can access a calm and grounded state that promotes safety and is conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others and growth in learning.

What is the Safe and Sound Protocol?

The Safe and Sound Protocol is a guided program of specially filtered music that sends cues of safety to retune your nervous system, which can help you feel more settled, engaged and balanced.

You can listen to the music of SSP from the comfort of your own home, allowing for flexibility and ease. We will collaborate with you on a listening plan that works for you.

For more information you can also visit What is the SSP (external website).

What is the science behind the SSP?

Designed by clinical psychologist Dr Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol is based on his work on Polyvagal Theory

For more information about the research behind the SSP, including case studies, visit Integrated Learning (external website).

Your role

As the listener, all that is required of you during a session is to simply listen to the music and to let your provider know of feelings or sensations, whether emotional or physical, that may arise.

​We may also encourage you to engage in light activity during your listening sessions, such as stretches, breathing exercises, or drawing.  We will stay in close communication throughout the program so we can adjust your listening plan to suit your needs.

Our role as your Certified Provider

As a Certified Provider we will be your guide along your SSP journey. We are trained to make sure that you are ready even before you start listening to the music, and will recommend an individualised listening plan for you. We will provide education, answer all your questions and prepare you for all that you may experience once you begin.

During the listening, we will monitor your progress and make sure you are not completing the program too quickly or too slowly. We will support and work with you to find the right pace and conditions for the optimal listening experience for you.

 

What are the benefits of the SSP?

By calming the nervous system, the SSP has shown a significant reduction of symptoms in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties 
  • Anxiety  
  • Trauma and related challenges 
  • Sensory Sensitivities
  • Inattention 
  • Hyperactivity 
  • Emotional sensitivity
  • Auditory processing difficulties/ sensitivities (including those caused by chronic or severe ear infections)
Following successful completion of the Safe and Sound Protocol, it is reported that individuals experience better focus in school, at work, in therapy, and in everyday life and experience a calmed emotional and physiological state. This is based on studies that suggest that skills such as attention, state regulation and the ability to engage socially will be enhanced. Individuals often see effects immediately and emerging signs of safety can continue to develop for weeks afterwards as individuals readjust to their new ‘safe’ perception of the environment. 
 
For more information you can also visit the What is the SSP (external website).

How does it work?

Our ability to hear and tune to a full range of frequencies maintains the body’s ability to be on alert or, stay calm and socially engaged in the presence of others. Calm states are required for learning, development, relationships and to maintain mood. By stimulating the vagus nerve via listening we can access a calm and grounded state that promotes safety and is conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others and growth in learning. 

The music of the SSP is unlike any other. Each track has been filtered through a patented algorithm that highlights specific sound frequencies that are similar to the human voice. As you listen to the music of the SSP, these highlighted frequencies send cues of safety to retune your nervous system, which can help you feel more settled, engaged and balanced.

Who is it suitable for?

The SSP is suitable for all ages, and has been completed by over 100,000 children, adolescents and adults in more than 70 countries worldwide.

How much does the Safe & Sound Protocol cost?

At Sensory Psychology, the Safe & Sound Protocol is facilitated by Nicole Sturla, a Psychologist. The SSP includes:

  • Initial Assessments and Questionnaires
  • A 50-minute telehealth consultation during which you will have further opportunity to participate in assessment and discussion. During the intake, the findings from your questionnaires and assessments will be discussed and you will be consulted on the implementation of your customised 5+hour Safe and Sound Protocol listening intervention.
  • Access to the 5+hour SSP Listening Intervention for one calendar month via remote delivery. Your listening will be customised and make individualised use of the SSP Connect, Core and Balance Programs.
  • Regular monitoring throughout the SSP program delivery.
  • Follow up assessments and reflections on your experiences
  • If you require a formalised report this can be produced for an additional fee

The SSP package is $500. NDIS funding and Medicare rebates may be available, please contact us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, here are some frequently asked questions about the Safe and Sound Protocol. If you have any other questions or would like to discuss whether the SSP is suitable for you, please contact us.

The SSP has been undertaken by people with seeking support for anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, trauma, auditory processing disorder and sensory processing disorder. For more information including case studies visit Integrated Learning (external website).

Yes, NDIS funding may be available for the SSP depending on your individual circumstances. Please contact us for more information.

You may be able to claim a rebate for the initial session with Nicole Sturla, a Registered Psychologist, if you have a Mental Health Care Plan in place. Please contact us for more information.

The SSP can be combined with and is supportive of other therapies, including psychological therapy (CBT, EMDR, IFS) and occupational therapy.