Safe & Sound Protocol

Remember Who You Are

Music, Relationship, Science & Magic: a PORTAL to Felt Safety

(or, Regulation is our Birthright)
~offered by Cooper~

Deb Dana, global inspirer-er of Polyvagal Theory, teaches us that of our 3 core nervous system statesโ€”regulated (๐Ÿ’ž), fight-flight (๐Ÿคฏ), and please-freeze-collapse (๐Ÿ˜ž)โ€”regulated is our home (๐Ÿ’ž).

But as it turns out, not only do we have a home (๐Ÿ’ž), we all have a home away from home (๐Ÿคฏor๐Ÿ˜ž). A pathway our unique cosmology travels when our nervous system perceives danger. Though we all have access to all nervous system states (๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ), our home away from home is informed by our interpersonal & intergenerational trauma histories, attachment experiences, lived experiences of privilege, safety and oppression, the meaning we have made of what we have lived through and how we were born under the stars.

As trauma therapists will tell you, when your nervous system learned to travel here (๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ), it was a brilliant idea (๐Ÿ’ก). You perceived danger and instinctually responded. You reached for the ancient somatic wisdom you were born with. Brilliant (๐Ÿ’ก). And now that danger has passed, you can once again reach for the ancient wisdom that will lead you home (๐Ÿ’ž). This is a map we were born with.

Polyvagal theory teaches us to better understand how and why our nervous system responds to cues of safety and danger (๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ) and what to do about it (๐Ÿ’ก). Or, stated differently, this understanding helps us build a secure foundation from where we can reach for regulation (๐Ÿ’ž), creating and deepening neuropathways of safety. Regulation is our birthright.

The Safe & Sound Protocol is Applied Polyvagal Theory!

Stephen Porges, the original scholar of polyvagal theory, designed the Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) from a deep understanding of the medicine of nervous system flexibility. Porges describes SSP as a Portal into felt safety (๐Ÿ’ž), amplifying our access to the deep well of nervous system flexibility and resilience.

When our mind goes into a state of threat (๐Ÿคฏor๐Ÿ˜ž), the body goes with it (๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ). In the journey of re-learning how to feel at home (๐Ÿ’ž), SSP is like a bullet-train! A 5 hour protocolโ€”held within the container of relationship & musicโ€”that has the power to profoundly transform our relationship with (and access to) regulation by doing what relational neuroscience knows best: creating the relational conditions for safety.

Over the course of treatment, SSP helps to shift our nervous system out of a learned state of defense (๐Ÿคฏor๐Ÿ˜ž) and into one of connection (๐Ÿ’ž). This transformative healing protocol helps clients of all ages to receive and affirm cues of safety from their environment. This medicine re-tunes our nervous system for connection.

SSP Supports
~Trauma & PTSD Recovery
~Stress & Anxiety
~Sleep & Restfulness
~Inattention & Focus
~Auditory Processing & Sensitivity
~Physical Coordination & Balance
~Speech & Language
~Social Emotional Regulation
~Vagal Regulation of the Heart

Your Personalized Safe & Sound Intensive Includes: 
A pre-intensive therapy intake (90 minutes) to assess for candidacy, to introduce the safe and sound curriculum and to establish a care plan for the duration of the protocol while building therapeutic connection.

~ Care coordination with your primary therapist to establish increased safety, support & theraputic integration throughout your SSP journey.

~ Individualized facilitation of the Safe & Sound Protocol (7.5 hours over 10 days**) with the attuned co-regulation needed for inner healing and transformation, retuning your nervous system to felt safety and increasing your ongoing capacity for nervous system flexibility & regulation.

post-intensive therapy session (60 minutes) to bolster your adaptation to positive changes from treatment to amplify the meaning-making and systemic integration that signals effective transformation.

Deep regulation for bodies of all ages.

Safe & Sound Individual Protocol, 2 Week Intensive for Adult or Child: $1675**
Safe & Sound Family Protocol, 4 Week Intensive for Parent & Child: $3350**

**We charge a minimal material fee ($75) that reflects the true cost of administering the SSP protocol. The remainder of your intensive fee supports 10 or 20 direct clinical hours at $160/hrs to deliver the protocol. This working is held ritually, within a relational container of deep attunement and co-regulation, in service of the healing that is your birthright.

**This cost assumes that 30 minutes/day for 10 days of the SSP is most supportive SSP delivery for your nervous system. All bodies and nervous systems are different! If you have a need for a slower SSP experience, additional clinical time is billed in 15 minute increments at $40.

Family Intensives
Parents are the best co-regulators for their children! During family intensives, we first offer SSP to a parent, facilitating their own transformative experience of felt safety. Then, when facilitating SSP for a child, Cooper will coach and support the parent in attuned co-regulation with the child, significantly strengthening the relational container where transformation happens.

About Cooper’s Practice
Cooper is a skilled child and family therapist with advanced study and practice in play therapy, child therapy and relational neuroscience with children and families. They are passionate about the transformative healing that can happen within family systems and know (and teach) that healing happens in relationship. They are a student and practitioner of the deep transformative power of co-regulation and of healing intergenerational trauma within family systems.

Cooper experienced firsthand the profound impact that the Safe and Sound Protocol had on their own nervous system and immediately knew they wanted to help create this experience for others. The offering of family intensives was inspired by Cooper’s training as a systemic therapist and is infused with their unique understanding of polyvagal theory, relational/systemic healing and their practice as a child and family therapist.

We are not supposed to heal alone.

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