Does this describe you or your child?


  • Difficulty connecting with others

  • Uncomfortable or anxious in social situations

  • Inability to read social cues, disconnection, lack of intimacy

  • Tendency to withdraw and avoid eye contact

  • Prone to meltdowns or lashing out in frustration or anger

  • Overly sensitive to sound, and easily startled by loud noises

  • Constantly on alert, wary that danger is around the corner


These are the symptoms of a dysregulated nervous system.

When our nervous system is poorly regulated and loses its flexibility to move from one state to another, it can lead to an array of emotional, mental and physical symptoms.

Safe & Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity, while enhancing social engagement and resilience. 


Dr. Stephen Porges created this program based on his groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory.  It effectively calms the nervous system, regulates the physiological and emotional state, and opens the door for improved communication and more successful therapy.

what it does

Emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach the task at hand. So when a client has better state control, not only can they be more socially engaged, they are more open to therapy. Better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes. 


Read more about how the SSP is helping clients.

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to popular vocal music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. This allows you or your child to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.

The SSP is non-invasive, effective, and safe for both children and adults. It is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties

  • Auditory sensitivities

  • Anxiety and trauma-related challenges

  • Inattention

  • Behavioral issues

  • Social engagement anxiety​


how it works

Dr. Porges' widely respected Polyvagal Theory contends that when we sense danger, our nervous system reacts by activating its mobilizing fight-or-flight response or, in the case of extreme danger, by immobilizing us into collapse. This is its normal function. Problems arise, however, when our nervous system loses the ability to detect signals of safety, keeping us stuck in a continuous loop of dysregulation.

SSP works by sending signals of soothing safety that bypass the conscious mind to reach the most inaccessible part of our brain, reassuring it that the environment is, in fact, safe. 

Learn more about how our nervous system is always seeking signs of safety, and how it responds when those signals are lacking...

Safe and Sound in action

Since adding this program to our repertoire at the Vestibule Center for Sound Living, many clients have seen significant decreases in anxiety, as well as consistent improvements in learning, attention, connection, and social communication.

Some of our success stories include:
  • A 61-year old woman called in describing an immobilized state of trauma. She described a persistent feeling of homelessness after facing a recent eviction. During the course of the program, she reconnected to a traumatic experience as an infant confined to an isolation unit during the first months of her life. During the five days of the program, she was able to find herself a stable living situation and felt herself "rebirthed and ready to re-enter life."

  • A normally high-functioning autistic 16-year old teen was suffering from acute anxiety -causing sleeplessness, isolation from his peers, and extreme loneliness. After the five-day program his mother reported that he was sleeping through the night, waking calm and organized, and had resumed normal social activities. On Day 4, she reported with tears of joy that her son told her spontaneously, "Mom, you know I do love you."

  • A 53-year old man with a history of untreated auditory processing issues and age-related hearing loss noticed a marked decrease in hyper-vigilance after the program. His muscle tone went from hyper-tonic to relaxed, and his upright posture reflected more comfort in himself and his surroundings. Weeks after completing the program, he reported that his hearing improved, especially in noisy environments, and that he had to repeat himself much less often.

  • The mother of a 7-year old girl suffering from frequent meltdowns reported more emotional stability and compliance both during and after the 5-day program. When asked to stop playing and get ready for school the day after completion of the program, she readily complied without her customary tears. She is now making good progress with another longer-term therapeutic listening program.

  • A 47-year old Chinese-American woman with a complicated history of separation from her family, her country, and her native tongue, was experiencing anxiety and extreme sensitivity to sound. After Day 1 she reported, "I feel different. More relaxed...less anxious than usual" and "I haven't felt like this in a long time - the sweetness I felt as a little girl, watching a beautiful yellow butterfly in the garden." Months later, she continues to report much less reactivity to loud noises and a noticeable decrease in her startle response.

Read our blog, "Are you Safe and Sound?"

Want to learn how SSP can help you or your child?

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El Cerrito, San Francisco East Bay | 510-232-6024

Sound Healing | Shamanic Healing 

Relaxation | Stress & Pain Relief  

Trauma Recovery | Soul Retrieval 

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