Safe and Sound Protocol

By Stephanie Camins, LPC

The Safe and Sound Protocol is a 5-hour program designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.

How does it work?

The nervous system uses tone of voice as one way to evaluate safety. Different frequencies of sound communicate different meanings. For example, low frequencies are associated with sounds of threat and danger while high frequencies communicate safety. SSP is based on Polyvagal Theory which asserts that social behavior and emotional regulation are only possible when the nervous system deems the environment safe. The frequencies associated with human speech convey safety. SSP works by emphasizing the frequencies of human voice and modulating the frequency bands within music tracks.

Using the Safe and Sound Protocol.

After an initial assessment with a certified provider, you will be given access to the program via the Unyte app. You will need over-the-ear headphones without noise cancellation. Set aside 60 minutes a day for 5 days to listen to the SSP music tracks. You can also do 30 min sessions for 10 days if needed. It is important to have a quiet spot to listen where you can relax and be comfortable.

SSP is used for children, adolescents and adults.

What changes can I expect?

Improved eye contact in social situations
Improved listening to others
Reduced sensitivity to loud noises
Better control over emotions
Improved social interactions
More expressive with love and affection toward others
Reduced anxiety and agitation

When can I expect to see results?

All people respond differently to the program but in general you can expect to notice a difference 2-8 weeks after the completion of the protocol. It takes time for your nervous system to adjust and reorganize.

What issues does SSP help?

SSP can improve regulation during high-stress periods like the holidays, or on an ongoing basis to address trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, behavioral regulation, sleep, social and emotional difficulties, auditory processing and more.

Get started today! I look forward to helping you start your journey with the SSP. Reach out with any questions or schedule an intake appointment for the program.

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