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Safe and Sound Protocol®

Safe and Sound Protocol®  is an evidence-based listening therapy designed to improve behavioral state regulation and social engagement behaviors,  reduce sound sensitivities, and improve auditory processing through filtered music. As a practical application of Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol® acts as a non-invasive, acoustic vagal nerve stimulator, helping to re-tune the nervous system to better support connection, collaboration and resilience. This involves listening to specially filtered music through headphones with therapeutic support provided  remotely. It is suitable for children and adults.

This simple but powerful protocol has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences and more.

Dr. Holly Duckworth

Certified Safe and Sound Protocol® Provider

More information on Safe and Sound Protocol®

Developed by world-renowned researcher and Unyte’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and the nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, danger or life-threat can impact our behavior. Understanding Polyvagal Theory gives us a scientific framework that can be applied through physiological, or subconscious therapies, to help change and improve how we feel, think and connect with others.

Client testimonials:

"I had been struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, and other symptoms that have either disappeared entirely or been greatly reduced after doing the safe and sound protocol. I have been able to be in social setting that would have previously been way too stimulating and I would have had to leave. But I was not only able to stay, but thoroughly enjoy myself as well."

"We have tried so many other things with minimal help – we just never got to the core of the issue – the SSP got to the core."

"We are doing great and enjoying the program. My son has experienced some pretty big growth since starting, a big one has been with his fear around water. At the beginning of the season he was terrified of being in water, even with a life jacket, and would cling to me. Very quickly his confidence increased and he was comfortable swimming around with his life jacket. As of last week he was so confident he wanted to swim without his life jacket and was able to."

"I am an adult with ADD. I have spent a lifetime fighting an uphill battle with my learning disability and clinical depression. ADD caused me to feel deficient academically and professionally. Every aspect of my life was met with a sense of failure. The positive results I received are invaluable. My confidence increased significantly. I now approach life with the belief that I can not only succeed and excel but also overcome challenges that for so long held me back."

The Safe and Sound Protocol® deploys the Unyte Integrated Listening System technology for at-home flexibility and comfort. Unyte is a category-creating neuro-tech company with proprietary, clinical-grade solutions and a loyal (and growing!) provider community of 3,000+ mental health and neurodevelopmental professionals with a shared mission to help people become more aware, regulated, and resilient so they can better respond to life’s challenges and live happier and healthier lives.

Dr. Gabor Mate and Dr. Stephen Porges are aligned in their beliefs about the neurological and nervous system basis for trauma response.  Listen to their shared wisdom.

Contact Holly for more Info and to schedule your first listening session with the
Safe and Sound Protocol®
16-week program

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