Safe and Sound Protocol
-For adults and children-
Appointments offered in throughout central Scotland with clinics in Leith, 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
click here for a video about Safe and Sound - Unyte-iLs: Safe & Sound Protocol - YouTube
The SSP access fee is £125 to have access to the digital app for up to 12 weeks. 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 £25 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 £25 fee per additional family member, in the same home.
Most younger children are able to do the entire SSP protocol at home with the supervision of a parent or appropriate adult.
For most teens and adults the SSP it is important to begin SSP with at least one supervised session with myself this is usually done online. Unless you have an appropriate adult to support you during your SSP sessions further supervised sessions will be required. Many people require 10 supervised sessions to complete the SSP. The usual £60 per session rate applies to these sessions.
SSP is not considered the "end" of treatment but rather than beginning as, by shifting physiology, it boosts the effectiveness and efficiency of all other approaches that someone accesses. It is best followed by other approaches relevant for the particular individual, such as Tomatis, reflex Integration, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, etc...