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Safe and Sound Protocol Integrated
Listening Therapy

Integrated Listening Therapy

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based listening therapy designed to:

  • reduce sound sensitivities

  • improve auditory processing

  • improve behavioural state regulation

  • imrprove social engagement through filtered music. 


SSP stimulates the vagus nerve to help to re-tune the nervous system to better support connection, collaboration and resilience. The SSP involves listening to specially filtered music through headphones alongside a provider, in-person or remotely.


Suitable for children and adults, the SSP has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences and more.


Woven Blessings uses the Safe and Sound Protocol as one modality in combination with other therapies to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment.


The Highlights

  • A five-hour auditory intervention developed and patented by Dr. Stephen Porges, author of the Polyvagal Theory.

  • Designed to reduce sound sensitivity, and improve auditory processing and behavioural state regulation.

  • Supports physiological state regulation, allowing for greater resilience.

  • Activates the clients social engagement system, helping to accelerate and enhance therapeutic outcomes.

Three SSP Listening Pathways:

Below are the 3 primary listening pathways used in the SSP



  • 5-hour playlist of full spectrum, unfiltered music.

  • For those who would benefit from a slower and gentler introduction.

  • Sometimes used as a preparatory program before Core or Balance.



  • 5-hour playlist of filtered music.

  • Designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience



  • Used to extend and integrate the gains of the SSP and potentially act as a state stabilizer.

  • The music uses the same playlists as Core, but is treated to present the frequency envelope of human voice.

More Information

For further information regarding the Safe and Sound Protocol, and additional resources, please visit the link below.


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