Safe and Sound Protocol

What is the Safe and Sound Protocol?

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the SSP is a five-day sound-based intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. This non -invasive intervention involves listening to music specifically processed to re-tune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech, but, more 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.

Who can it help?

The SSP is proven to benefit individuals (children to adults to pets) with challenges or symptoms of:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Down Syndrome

  • Auditory Sensitivities

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Stress & Trauma ​

  • Addictions

  • Sleep-related problems

  • Poor Behaviour & Self-Regulation

  • Poor Sensory Integration & Motor Coordination

  • Poor Social & Emotional Function

  • Poor Attention & Executive Function  

  • Poor Performance (work, play)

How can it help?

  • Improved focus & attention

  • Calmer emotional & physiological states

  • Improved social engagement

  • Reduced aggression

  • Decreased anxiety & depression

  • Improved performance (work, play)

  • Improved sleep

  • Decreased sensory and auditory sensitivities

  • Improved self-regulation

How does it work?

It is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed music.  Understanding language and engaging with others requires a regulated and organized nervous system for optimal brain health.


Guidance Professional Services Inc.
Stephen Roberts, MPCC

Certified in Brainspotting

Brainspotting Consultant

​Phone:  403.302.0031


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Secure Online Sessions


GPS Inc. has moved all services online.  All current services can be administered online via Zoom. 

This may be a big change for some clients but has proven to be as effective, if not more effective than in-person sessions due to factors such as staying in the comfort of your own home, no travel time, and increased attunement from the therapist.    

Updated Online Schedule


Week 1:

Monday 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Tuesday 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Thursday 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Closed Sunday

Week 2:

Tuesday 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Thursday 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Additional session times may be available upon request. 

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