Safe and Sound Protocol™ is a passive pathway intervention that boosts or accelerates the effectiveness of other active pathway therapies, including psychotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy. 

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges and based on the Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol™ (SSP) is a five-day, one-hour per day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.  The intervention uses prosodic vocal music that has been filtered to train the middle ear muscles to focus in on the frequency envelop of human speech.  Once human speech is properly perceived, the portal to social engagement has been opened.  SSP assists in calming the physiological and emotional state which leads to improved communication and more successful therapy.


The SSP is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties

  • Auditory sensitivities 

    • Including Hyperacusis and Misophonia

  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges 

    • Including sleep difficulties, gut problems (IBS), Hypertension, Chronic pain, Vasovagal syncope, "Self-medicating", emotional dysregulation

  • Inattention

  • Stressors that impact social engagement  

Interventions are Scheduled: 

Monday through Friday 

11:00 A.M. through 7:00 P.M.


Out-of-Pocket Cost:

$250.00 - Per Five-Day Intervention for Non-Established Clients

          $100.00 - Per Five-Day Intervention for Established Clients 

Safe and Sound Protocol™ Interventions are typically administered in-office at Jessica Holton, PLLC.  Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) has created a beta/test digital version of the Safe and Sound Protocol™ that can be administered at home on Android devices ONLY (iOS options will be available in the near future).  You will need over-the-ear headphones for the best results.  


If you are interested in completing the Safe and Sound Protocol™ at home or in-office, please contact me for more details.  



Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist; Certified in Social Work Practice with the Deaf & Hard of Hearing;Animal Informed Social Worker​; Clinical Supervisor; Public Speaker; Safe and Sound Protocol Associate; LAMP Trainer  

Jessica Holton, PLLC

3491 Evans Street

Suite D

Greenville, NC 27834



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