When dangerous things happen, our bodies decide to protect us by paying more and more attention to sounds that warn us something dangerous is coming. Such as the rumble you hear when a T-Rex takes a step.
This helps us to feel safer because then we can prepare for whatever we might need to do to stay safe. Such as fight, run, or hide.
The world starts to feel more dangerous to us. Because we only notice sounds that might be dangerous. And we don’t hear the sounds that might tell us we are safe.
Safe and Sound Protocol
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, is a form of sound therapy that works on the middle ear muscles to help them hear sounds of safety better and pay less attention to sounds of danger.
The beauty of the protocol is that all you have to do is listen to music, in order to begin to feel safer and calmer. Songs such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Can See Clearly Now.”
By feeling calmer and safer, you will feel more comfortable with other people. Which means you will get more out of therapy.
Now, if the idea of being less prepared when something dangerous is around freaks you out, you probably had some bad things happen when you were calm or relaxed.
Because of that, I only offer the protocol to my therapy clients. And do not offer it as a standalone treatment.
By administering the protocol during therapy, I am able to adjust the length of the treatment each time. This ensures that it is effective with no negative side effects.
It can take 6-8 weeks or longer to fully see the effects of the SSP after completing treatment. It takes time for your body to get used to feeling safer in the world.
The safe and sound protocol can help these mental health diagnoses and symptoms:
- Trauma and PTSD
- Mood dysregulation, depressed mood, anxiety, and emotional regulation difficulties
- Social engagement difficulties
- ADD and ADHD
- Auditory hypersensitivities, Auditory Processing Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Misophonia
- Motion sickness
- Executive and cognitive functioning issues due to a concussion
I will help to develop a specific program based on your needs. Which may include the calming program, sensory & motor program, concentration & attention program, or reading & auditory processing program.
Most people report less stress and anxiety and a happier disposition after completing the program. The Focus System also helps you to successfully process and retain information, increase impulse control, increase self-regulation, increase appropriate social engagement, improve reading comprehension, concentration, and memory.
Sound therapy online in colorado
You’ll need two devices in order to do it online. The app will be on your phone. And you’ll need a laptop or tablet to video chat with me. You’ll use ear cup type headphones for listening.
In my office, I provide the device and headphones for listening.
“Perhaps our misunderstanding of the role of safety is based on an assumption that we think we know what safety means. This assumption needs to be challenged, because there may be an inconsistency between the words we use to describe safety and our bodily feelings of safety.” -Stephen W. Porges
Serving the Denver Metro Area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Boulder, Grand Junction, Greeley, Pueblo and the entire state with online therapy in Colorado. I do not see clients at my home-based office located in Brighton, CO.