Polyvagal Group Practice

An immersion in auditory listening to regulate your nervous system

“Only when we are in a calm physiological state can we convey cues of safety to another.”
― Stephen W. Porges, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

The Safe and Sound Protocol (for Adults) is a practical application of Polyvagal Theory, designed to reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors. The SSP is delivered through specially-filter music that tones the middle ear muscle and activates the cranial nerves, thereby “waking up” your vagus nerve. This group is not a certifying group. It is a practical application experience.

Who might this be for?

  • People experiencing anxiety or depression
  • People with a history of trauma
  • People wanting somatic tools for regulating
  • People experiencing auditory ticks or complaints
  • People wanting to send and receive accurate social cues

What participants can expect:

  • Using the SSP app on your device, you will listen and progress through the sound playlist
  • You will share your experience in guided dyads and discussion
  • Receive educational information on polyvagal theory
  • Practice using regulating resources
  • Build a resources toolkit for toning and regulating

The group may be a good fit for you if:

  • You want tools for calming your fight/flight/collapse response
  • You want connection and safety with self, the world and other people
  • You are curious and want to increase your knowledge
  • You have tried other pathways and have been frustrated by the results.

All are welcome. If you have any concerns about your participation contact Hayley.hoffman@imagocenterdc.com

The format includes brief lectures, demonstrations, music, private reflection and sharing in dyads, and small group interactions, all in a confidential and welcoming zoom setting. You are never required to share personal information.

Need more information? Contact The Imago Center at 301.520.5662 ask for Hayley.