Introducing the SSP Group Program

EMDR Voices Therapy is excited to be offering the evidence-based listening therapy of SSP in a group format.

The group will meet weekly for 9 weeks for approx. 90 mins. The advantage of listening to the SSP in a group setting is that your experience is supported in a containing, caring and safe way. It’s also more cost-effective attending in a group rather than individual therapy. But don’t worry – participants do not share stories of past trauma or intimate personal experiences. The group format can also accommodate individual’s needs to move at a slower pace. Participants choose their own style of music to listen to as we listen through headphones.

 

So what is ssp?

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a powerful and innovative listening therapy designed to reduce hearing sensitivity and help regulate the autonomic nervous system. This process helps build the foundation for awareness, embodiment and resilience.

Why Nervous System Regulation is Essential for Our Well-being

The autonomic nervous system regulates essential bodily functions. When we feel in danger, this system kicks in to protect us by engaging what are commonly known as the “fight/flight” or “freeze” responses. You may be able to identify when your autonomic nervous system is in a defensive state if you notice difficulties with:

Breathing
Digestion
Sleep
Concentration
Mental clarity
Social connection

Benefits of Nervous System Regulation

Improved response to stress – Better respond to difficult situations and move past them instead of reacting and getting “stuck” in them.

Ability to access higher learning and cognition – Become attuned to and more in control of emotions, so you can move through temporary setbacks with more flexibility and ease.

 More social connection and deeper relationships – By activating the part of the brain that allows us to be more social, affectionate and connected, the SSP can help shift you into a state where you are more comfortable and at ease engaging with others, leading to deeper and more meaningful relationships.

The SSP may be helpful in reducing symptoms and supporting overall health and resiliency for people seeking support for:
  • Trauma history
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Autism, hyperactivity and attention
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Sensory and auditory processing
  • And more

The group program also includes exercises to map your autonomic nervous system so that you can build a deeper understanding of how your body works to protect you. You will also build a folder of resources to further build resilience. These resources are yours to keep and utilise for the rest of your life.

Each group has the same participants each week. There will be a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 8 participants so that each person gets the attention they need and has the possibility of making new friends for life.

GROUP DATES & COST

The next group program is scheduled to run:

Dates: Wednesday April 3rd to Wednesday May 29th 2024

Time: from 5.45pm to 7.15pm

Location: Suite 36-38 (First floor) Waratah Court, 12 Waratah Street Mona Vale NSW 2103

Your Investment in You: $1,161

If you are interested in attending this group but can’t make those times, please contact us so we can consider different times for the next groups.

For people who are already in therapy but who want the benefits of just the listening program in a facilitated group environment we have a six week program available as well. 

SSP 9 week Group Program

This is a full and intensive 9 week program that incorporates the 5 hours of Listening therapy of the SSP integrated with learning about your autonomic nervous system based on Polyvagal theory. The sessions run for 90 minutes. The program has a maximum of 8 participants so that everyone gets the attention they need. The activities incorporated into this program include:

  • Listening to either 20 or 40 mins of the SSP
  • Mapping your nervous system using the ladder of hierarchy based on Polyvagal theory
  • Learning how to track your somatic responses
  • Developing resources for coping and managing stress
  • Suggested activities to complete during the week in between group sessions

The first session will include all the information on what you need to bring and how to get set up ready to start the listening.

It is important that you are available to attend every week to gain the benefits of the program. If you know you will not be able to attend any week please wait until the next group program is offered.

It is important for the structure of the group that you arrive on time and do not leave early. If this is not possible for you, then please don’t sign up for this program. Do contact us to let us know what times would be more suitable for you so we can take this into consideration when scheduling further groups. 

Places are offered on a first come first served basis. Confirmation for your place in the group will only occur when full payment has been received. However, if paying in installments, your tentative place will be reserved so that the group does not become oversubscribed. The cost of the group works out as $129pw but as the commitment is for all 9 weeks payments need to be made up front. This is because it is a closed group – no new people are admitted after the first week. Payment plans are available.

REGISTER HERE

If there are not 4 participants signed up one week prior to the first session, the program will be cancelled for this term and any payments made will be refunded. Please note: this might not include any extra charges from your own bank or debit/credit card.  

Since this program can bring up sensitive material and emotions, having access to a support system outside of the group for additional emotional support can be helpful if you feel like processing. In order to support integration, it is most helpful if your home environment is safe and not in crisis.

Refund policy: Refund of full tuition paid minus $100 available if cancellation is made up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. A refund of 50% of tuition paid minus $100 is available if cancellation is made between 1 and 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. No refund is available if cancellation is made within 7 days of the start of the course. The fee may be applied to a future cohort if cancellation does not cause cancellation of the course for which the booking was made.

SHORT GROUP DATES & COST

The next group program is scheduled to run:

Dates: Wednesday April 10th, then Wednesday 1st May to Wednesday May 29th 2024

Time: from 4pm to 5pm

Location: Suite 36-38 (First floor) Waratah Court, 12 Waratah Street Mona Vale NSW 2103

Your Investment in You: $594

If you are interested in attending these groups but can’t make those times, please contact us so we can consider different times for the next groups. 

SSP 6 week Group Program

This is a 6 week program of one hour duration that incorporates the 5 hours of Listening therapy of the SSP. This program has a maximum of 10 participants. It also includes some education of Polyvagal theory and how your autonomic nervous system works and somatic tracking of changes.

The first session will include all the information on what you need to bring and how to get set up ready to start the listening. The following 5 weeks all include listening to the SSP. There is no follow up after the last hour of listening but it is expected that you will be supported by your usual therapist.

It is important that you are available to attend every week to gain the benefits of the program. If you know you will not be able to attend any week please wait until the next group program is offered.

It is important for the structure of the group that you arrive on time and do not leave early. If this is not possible for you, then please don’t sign up for this program. Do contact us to let us know what times would be more suitable for you so we can take this into consideration when scheduling further groups. 

Places are offered on a first come first served basis. Confirmation for your place in the group will only occur when full payment has been received. However, if paying in installments, your tentative place will be reserved so that the group does not become oversubscribed. The cost of the group works out as $99pw but as the commitment is for all 6 weeks payments need to be made up front. This is because it is a closed group – no new people are admitted after the first week. Payment plans are available.

REGISTER HERE

If there are not 4 participants signed up one week prior to the first session, the program will be cancelled for this term and any payments made will be refunded. Please note: this might not include any extra charges from your own bank or debit/credit card.

Since this program can bring up sensitive material and emotions, having access to a support system outside of the group for additional emotional support can be helpful if you feel like processing. In order to support integration, it is most helpful if your home environment is safe and not in crisis.

Refund policy: Refund of full tuition paid minus $100 available if cancellation is made up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. A refund of 50% of tuition paid minus $100 is available if cancellation is made between 1 and 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. No refund is available if cancellation is made within 7 days of the start of the course. The fee may be applied to a future cohort if cancellation does not cause cancellation of the course for which the booking was made.