Recovery from narcissistic abuse is a challenging path, and for those like Joana, it can be an arduous journey marked by trauma, fear, and a long history of pain. In this post, we explore how the Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) became a beacon of hope for a client as she faced her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis and embarked on a healing journey.
The Trauma That Defined Joana’s Life
Joana’s life had been deeply impacted by narcissistic abuse. Raised by a mother with narcissistic personality disorder, her childhood was marred by consistent emotional and psychological abuse. This painful pattern persisted throughout her life, leaving her trapped in a web of manipulation, self-doubt, and insecurity. Joana’s journey took an even darker turn when she found herself in a physically and emotionally abusive marriage, which eventually led to her husband’s incarceration due to threats and violence.
The abuse had taken a toll on Joana’s life, causing her to lose friends, family connections, and even her job. She now lived with her son, who also grappled with the scars of his father’s behaviour.
Joana’s battle had often led her to vacillate between standing her ground and letting her husband back into her life, despite the threats she encountered. Her experiences left her trapped in a dorsal vagal state, struggling to find her voice and assert her boundaries.
Joana’s Goals for Healing
When Joana began her journey of healing, she had specific goals in mind:
• Finding her voice
• Rebuilding self-esteem
• Learning to say no
• Reconnecting with strained family relationships
The Safe & Sound Protocol SSP Intervention
The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) offered a lifeline for Joana’s healing journey from narcissistic abuse. Delivered remotely, the SSP became a powerful tool in her recovery process. Initially, Joana’s hypervigilance presented unique challenges, as she was intensely sensitive to auditory stimuli.
After the first listening session, Joana expressed detailed reactions to each song, highlighting her heightened sensitivity to certain elements. Despite her initial inclination to push through, she found that 15-minute listening sessions were almost unbearable. This led to adjustments in the program, guiding Joana to slow down and complete sessions one song at a time.
Daily support and regular adjustments in the program’s delivery were crucial.
Joana’s understanding of Polyvagal Theory, cultivated through her therapy, helped her better comprehend her own nervous system’s responses. Mapping out her nervous system became a valuable tool in her healing journey.
Transformation and Hope – The Missing Piece
The results of Joana’s journey with the SSP have been nothing short of remarkable. She had not listened to music for 45 years, and now she revels in it. The constant dread and fear that her past abuse had instilled in her gradually gave way to feelings of control and freedom. Joana expressed that she no longer experiences the constant terror she once did.
The SSP empowered Joana to become more attuned to her own preferences, helping her reclaim her sense of self. She found her voice, and her self-esteem began to flourish. “It was the missing piece to her recovery from Narcissistic abuse.”
A Remarkable Journey of Healing
Joana’s journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of the Safe & Sound Protocol. She has reconnected with friends and family, cherishing moments of joy and fulfillment. Joana now enjoys her life, no longer overshadowed by fear and trauma.
The remarkable effects of the SSP have been a revelation for both Joana. Joana’s healing journey, marked by resilience and strength, illustrates the importance of taking the time needed to facilitate healing and well-being.
For those recovering from narcissistic abuse, the Safe & Sound Protocol offers a path to healing, one song at a time, one step at a time.