Safe and Sound Protocol

Many people are struggling to adjust to increased social contact, whether at school, work, navigating public transport, or in other venues. The SSP can help your nervous system adjust, so re-entry feels more manageable. If you are interested for yourself or your teen, contact me for more details.

The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) is a short-term auditory intervention designed to initiate and access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning and therapy. It was developed Dr. Stephen Porges, the scientist who developed polyvagal theory, and has been used to help many people who have found that talk therapy alone has not been sufficient. My background as a professional musician and musicologist (PhD, Cornell University) complements my training as a Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) provider. I have found this gives me a unique understanding of how sound can help our nervous systems.


There are 3 SSP pathways:

  • Connect: warm up the nervous system with a gentle introduction to the protocol.
  • Core: the original protocol, which uses specially-filtered music to retune the nervous system, reducing distressing symptoms and helping facilitate greater overall wellbeing and connection.
  • Balance: helps the nervous system continue to stabilize and retain the sense of grounding and symptom reduction.


Who can the SSP help? Both children and adults. A wide range of symptoms, including anxiety, ADHD, ASD, sensory sensitivities, and trauma symptoms such as misophonia. 

How does it work? The SSP app is available for download on your phone and you’ll need to obtain suitable headphones (I can recommend some ones under $50). Following an initial intake session with me and screening questionnaires, I’ll assess what length and frequency of SSP sessions and direct support from me is appropriate. A typical format is listening to the SSP for 30 minutes/day for 10 days (1x for Connect, a break, 1x for Core, another break, and then 1x for Balance, with further Balance “tune-ups” as appropriate). I will be available throughout the duration of the protocol to offer support and help process any changes you notice.

You can check out research studies and testimonials on the SSP website:

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If you are interested in services for yourself or your teen/young adult, please get in touch! You can book a 20-minute free phone consultation here, fill in the form, or email/call me. I will respond within 1 business day.


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