Safe and Sound Protocol
-For adults and children-
Appointments offered in throughout central Scotland with clinics in Leith, Aberdeen, near Biggar and in your own home. We can now offer a home based programme reducing the need to travel to our clinics and making the Safe and Sound Protocol available to more people.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) by Unyte-iLs is an evidence-based intensive listening programme aimed at those with anxiety, social communication difficulties and trauma that has been developed as a result of over four decades of peer-reviewed research, based on Dr Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory.
Music is played through over-ear headphones, which has been specially filtered in order to gradually expose the auditory system to different sound frequencies. It works by stimulating the facial and vagus nerves and helping the autonomic nervous system to regulate, improving concentration and social engagement.
Now more than ever, the world is a busy place filled with uncertainty. People of all ages, demographics and geographies are struggling. When faced with what the body perceives as threats or danger, it responds by re-tuning the nervous system into states of defence – either “fight or flight” (sympathetic) or “freeze” (dorsal vagal). The brain and body’s first priority is to keep us alive.
When the nervous system remains in a chronic state of defense, it affects both the mind and body – impacting how we feel, think, and connect with others.
This can adversely affect our health and day-to-day experience in the world. A proven solution is to look from the bottom up.
In addition to acute, repetitive, complex and developmental trauma, the Safe and Sound Protocol has been proven to help the following difficulties and challenges:
Social and emotional difficulties
Auditory processing difficulties
Anxiety and trauma related challenges
Stressors that impact social engagement
Menopause see here for a practitionners experience of SSP and Menopause.
click here for a video about Safe and Sound - Unyte-iLs: Safe & Sound Protocol - YouTube
We are now offering an online group SSP provision
Having successfully trialled an on online group I have decided to run it regularly. Although, not suitable for everyone I am surprised by the support gained from online group sessions and the progress and breakthroughs individuals have made in this supported online environment. I am always balancing the possibility of offering services at an affordable rate with making sure people are supported this seems to offer a happy medium for some if not all adults wishing to do SSP.
This group is designed to support you in addressing stress, anxiety, exhaustion, lack of focus and really anything that is holding you back. Through the Safe and Sound Protocol of listening to filtered music to support the regulation of your nervous system you will begin to experiences shifts and feel better, become less reactive, move through your day more focused and well rested.
Online sessions involve 6 zoom meetings over three weeks and cost £250 per person.
please email me to enquire about these dates or to request other dates and times.
The SSP access fee is £175 to have access to the digital app . Included in this fee is ongoing support and guidance by myself, via email. If a longer time period is desired or needed - whether to take more time in doing SSP Core (the main SSP protocol, or to access SSP Balance on an ongoing basis - there is an additional £50 per month fee.
Have more than one person who wants to do SSP? Please discuss this with me first as there are pros cons to doing more than one person in the home at a time. There is an additional £50 fee per additional family member, in the same home.
Many younger children are able to do the entire SSP protocol at home with the supervision of a parent or appropriate adult. However, most adults need supervision for all or part of their SSP journey. I am sensitive to the different systems and tolerances of those I work with, and the speed of their journey and the amount of support required. Less is often more. Supervised SSP sessions are charged at £80 per hour.
Safe and sound Protocol - £175
(This is for access to the protocol. Additional months if required are available at a cost of £50 per month.)
Safe and sound Protocol supervised sessions - £80
(When working with adults I provide accompanied listening sessions for at least the 1st 3 hours of SSP Core in order to provide the necessary support and connection to co-regulate and integrate shifts in the system. Supervision where required is charged at £80 per 60 minute session.)
SSP Connect (One month no obligation access)
If you are unsure if this is for you and want to try the music a bit before you commit you can buy one month access to the adult or child connect music for one month £50. This does not commit you to undertaking any further work with me.
SSP Connect is full spectrum music, without any filtration or modification. Essentially, SSP Connect contains music that is no different from what you might hear on the radio. It can be used as an introduction to the listening experience, to create familiarity and expectancy in the nervous system.
Many providers start clients with SSP Connect to assess their sensitivity to listening and to enhance overall readiness for SSP Core.
If you are living with very high levels of anxiety or a complex trauma history please contact me before purchasing access to Connect.
One month Adult or child Connect access for £50.