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The Safe & Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based listening therapy designed to reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors through filtered music.

As a practical application of Polyvagal Theory, the SSP acts as a non-invasive, acoustic vagal nerve stimulator, helping to re-tune the nervous system to better support connection, collaboration, and resilience.

The SSP involves listening to specially filtered music through headphones alongside a provider, in-person or remotely. Suitable for children and adults, the SSP has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, sensory processing differences, and more.

To hear Katherine speak more on the Safe & Sound Protocol, check out this episode! 

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Why I love the
Safe & Sound Protocol


Nearly every client I work with has some degree of nervous system dysregulation.
In a 
very overwhelming and overstimulating world, the Safe & Sound Protocol is a means to quickly and effectively bring regulation.

I love working with the following: 

  • Couples & relationship issues

  • Teens & young adults 

  • Anxiety & depression

  • ADHD

  • PTSD 

  • Developmental trauma

  • Nervous system regulation

  • Addiction

  • Attachment theory/attachment issues 

  • Grief & loss

  • Life transitions 

  • Spirituality, finding deeper meaning in life

  • HSP's or Highly Sensitive Persons/Highly Intuitive

  • Integrating the Safe & Sound Protocol for further nervous system regulation   

Additionally, I am a neglect-informed psychotherapist. Neglect is often hard to spot but there are tell-tale signs and its aftermath often shows up in relationships. I hold a special place in my heart for this work, being a product of neglect myself. There are specific ways to heal from the developmental trauma of neglect, and being witnessed in the therapeutic relationship is one of them. I'd be honored to work with you. 



Couples therapy is my biggest area of specialty and where I've received the most on-going training. I love guiding couples to more authentic and satisfactory relationships. 


There are three main components to my work with couples:


-Attachment theory 

-Nervous system regulation 

-The Developmental Model 

Should we choose to work together, these will be the baseline of our work. I believe all couples should know their own and their partners attachment style as so much of our attachment style is played out in our romantic relationships!


To take the attachment style quiz that I recommend, click here.

My goal is to also bring you and your partner into healthy nervous system regulation so that you can communicate and problem-solve with more ease and understanding. 

The developmental model allows us to assess where you are in your relationship and what the developmental tasks are, such as differentiation. 

I'm excited to explore with you how we can improve the resiliency of your relationship with these skills! Please reach out to chat with me more! 

"Half of us have some degree of attachment trauma and don’t even know it. Let’s get informed; then we can heal. If we didn’t get securely attached as kids, we can develop “earned secure attachment.”  “It’s possible to change attachment patterns,” as Dr. Mary Main’s colleagues say. [Main’s colleagues Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Marion Solomon.]

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