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Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP)

A Revolutionary Approach to Regulating Your Nervous System. C&A Counseling is proud to offer this evidence based treatment in conjunction with traditional therapy.

Dr. Stephen Porges developed the Polyvagal Theory, also known as "the science of feeling safe". SSP is a non-invasive application of Polyvagal Theory by resetting the nervous system through music. Through auditory intervention over a span of 5-10 days for 30-60 minutes a day, SSP has been proven to calm the nervous system, reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and lead to a calmer approach to life. The music you listen to during the protocol has been specifically designed to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage with others better. When a person is able to better regulate, therapeutic outcomes are more favorable. SSP is recommended as a supplement to talk therapy rather than a replacement.

Who is SSP for?

Children and adults can both benefit from the SSP protocol. It has been shown to help individuals experiencing the following challenges:

  • Anxiety
  • Inattention and Focus
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Behavioral Regulation and Resilience
  • [Physical] Coordination and Balance
  • Reading and Auditory Processing
  • Sleep
  • Speech and Language
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Stressors that impact social engagement

For more information about participating in the Safe and Sound Protocol please contact us directly at 678-856-5042.

Research behind SSP can be located at

More about Dr. Stephen Porges can be located at