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Unlocking Healing through Neurophysiology:

SSP Precautions

“Our nervous system is always trying to figure out a way for us to survive, to be safe.”
— Dr. Stephen Porges

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Understanding Trauma's Lasting Impact:
How it dysregulates the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and contributes to a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioural challenges

SSP Precautions

Not every inquiry for delivery of the Safe and Sound Protocol is appropriate. 

The safe and sound protocol is not an appropriate intervention if the following occurs: 

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Medical procedures or dental work: It is recommended to wait until any necessary medical procedures or dental work are completed before starting the SSP program, as these procedures may require the individual's full attention and may interfere with the effectiveness of the intervention.

Unstable or unsafe living environment: If an individual is currently living in an unstable or unsafe household, it is important to prioritize their safety and well-being. In such cases, addressing the underlying safety concerns should take precedence before considering the implementation of the SSP.

History of trauma without a trauma therapist: The SSP program may involve processing and regulating emotions related to past trauma. It is generally recommended to work with a trauma therapist or a qualified mental health professional who can provide appropriate support and guidance throughout the process. Without the support of a trauma therapist, the individual may not have the necessary resources to navigate potential emotional challenges that may arise during the intervention.

Lack of stability in day-to-day life: The SSP program requires a certain level of stability and consistency in an individual's daily life to optimize its effectiveness. If an individual is experiencing significant instability or unpredictability in their daily routine, it may be challenging to maintain regular participation and integration into the SSP program.

Recent negative life events: If an individual has recently experienced a significant negative life event, such as job loss, divorce, or the death of a loved one, it may be more appropriate to focus on addressing and processing the immediate emotional impact of these events before starting the SSP program.

Lack of a support system: The SSP program may involve emotional and physiological regulation processes that can benefit from a supportive environment. If an individual lacks a sufficient support system or social network, it may be important to address this issue before considering the implementation of the intervention.

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