Somatic Trauma Mapping

Identify and reprocess your trauma with somatic mapping in Birmingham.  Get to the root of your issues and heal the pain contained within your subcortical brain.

Navigate Your Internal Body Brain

Somatic Awareness

Learn to regulate your emotional experience.  Free yourself from tension, anger, and chronic pain caused by your past traumas.

Get Yourself "Unstuck"

Release yourself from unconsciously re-experiencing your most painful memories.  You don’t have to remain stuck in unhealthy cycles.

Understand Your Trauma

Every good answer begins with a good question.  Trauma mapping helps you develop the right questions to solve the right issues for you.

Guide Your Therapeutic Recovery

Somatic trauma mapping helps you chart the right course for your therapy.  Neuroscience shows that the most effective way to heal trauma begins with learning how you experience emotion and self.  This is the first step on the path to reduce symptoms and heal.

Personalized Trauma Mapping in Birmingham

If you’re therapy isn’t tailored to your needs, it simply isn’t going to work. At least, it won’t be as effective as it could be. Cookie-cutter solutions aren’t right for human beings. You’re unique and your traumas are too. You need a therapist that treats you accordingly.

Reprocess Your Fight or Flight Response

Your subcortical brain dictates your emotions and reactions to the world around you.  You feel these deep emotions before you can even process them intellectually.  Somatic therapy helps you get in touch with and adapt to what you feel on an experiential level.

Tap Into the Best Version of You

It’s easy for your subcortical brain to become dysregulated by trauma or chronic stress.  This leads to extreme emotional responses and a host of other symptoms.  Trauma mapping is a powerful first step in realigning your “body brain” to serve you.

“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.”

– Bessel van der Kolk

“As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself... The critical issue is allowing yourself to know what you know. That takes an enormous amount of courage.”

– Bessel van der Kolk

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”

– Bessel van der Kolk

What You Need to Know About Trauma Mapping

Somatic trauma therapy locates where our nervous system stores traumatic memories in the body.  A “trauma map” can assist you in understanding how trauma affects your emotional reality, physical sensations, somatic feelings, posture, communication style, unconscious reactions, and more.

Over the course of treatment, right therapist can help you develop a trauma map.  It’s a tool designed to guide treatment based on your unique needs.  Without it, you can’t be sure the therapy you’re receiving is actually addressing the root causes of your issues.  That’s why it’s a crucial part of the therapeutic process.


Trauma & PTSD


Anxiety & Depression


Chronic Pain & Illness


Anger Management


Substance Abuse Issues


Dissociation & Panic


Attachment Dysregulation


Relationship Problems


Communication Issues


Life & Career Goals

Somatic Trauma Mapping FAQs

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How Does Trauma Mapping Work?

A somatic trauma map is developed by the thorough identification and processing of traumatic memories.  It allows you to understand all the parts of your traumatic experiences.  This helps inform your treatment plan in a way that allows for deep healing and personal growth.

Why Build a Somatic Trauma Map?

Trauma mapping facilitates the reprocessing of painful experiences.  It provides a means through which you and your therapist can come to realizations about your traumas.  From there, it makes it easier to select an appropriatecourse of treatment—and then act on it.

Where Does Trauma Mapping Come From?

The somatic experience framework was created by Dr. Peter Levine.  It is based on the study of neuroscience, stress physiology, biology, and other disciplines.  Its aim is to heal dysfunction caused by traumatic shock.  Today, it is especially useful in the treatment of PTSD.

Where Does Trauma Mapping Fit?

Your somatic trauma map is both the first step and ongoing guide in a holistic treatment plan.  It will continue to develop over the course of therapy.  As your knowledge of self becomes more refined, so does your trauma map.  Over time, it provides a guide for care.

Why Taproot Therapy Trauma Mapping?

Taproot Therapy is Birmingham, Alabama’s premiere treatment center for PTSD. We offer personalized treatment based on your needs and goals. We lead with empathy and we consistency get great results for others like you. We’ll help you get to the root of your trauma.

“We are a hopeful species. Working with trauma is as much about remembering how we survived as it is about what is broken.”

– Bessel A. van der Kolk,
The Body Keeps the Score

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