Healing That Helps You Get Unstuck
Every person grows and learns in different ways. To that point, every counselor or guide has their own techniques and exercises to help clients. Not every method is effective for everyone, but with the right guidance, you can defeat your inner demons and recapture your life. That's where Christy Maxey thrives.
Christy is a trauma EMDR coach dedicated to empowering people with the knowledge of true self-love. She aims to help men and women overcome negative self-talk and patterns and finally live the fulfilling life they deserve. Christy has a special focus on supporting women who experience anxiety, depression, lack of self-trust, people-pleasing, and feelings of inadequacy. Additionally, she's an expert in helping men who are navigating anger, stress, and relationship challenges.
If you have received help from therapists and life coaches in the past but find yourself falling back into the same patterns as before, know that you're not alone. The simple truth could be that whatever problem you were trying to face was left unresolved.
Essentially, you cut the top of the weed, but you didn't pull out the entire root. In a sense, you put a band-aid on a serious wound when you needed more comprehensive, specialized treatment. Unlike many life coaches, Christy Maxey aims to solve the root cause of your mental and physical symptoms. By addressing the cause of your issues, you can reclaim your life and move forward without the baggage you've carried for so long. Take it from us - it's an incredible feeling!
Some of the most common problems that Christy helps solve for patients include:
- Difficulty Dealing with the Emotional Content at the Center of Their Problems
- A Lack of Resistance to and Awareness of "What Is"
- Fear and Uncertainty About Making Changes
- Fear of Getting Compassionate Help and Guidance
- Believing False Narratives Associated with Past Traumas and Experiences
Created by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 as a treatment method for post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR is an evidence-based treatment approach that provides both trauma-informed treatment and treatment protocol. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR employs bilateral stimulation to replicate the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of sleep. In fact, EMDR treatments have shown that the mind can heal from psychological trauma faster than traditional talk therapy.
Traumatic events often lead to negative beliefs and emotions, such as shame, anger, and sadness. EMDR enables your brain to reprocess such events, promoting healing, well-being, and positivity in patients.
If you're wondering whether or not EMDR treatment from Christy Maxey might be a good choice for you and your family, ask yourself these questions:
- Do You Feel Stuck in Your Life?
- Do You Find Yourself Stuck Feeling the Same Types of Fear, Sadness, or Anxiety?
- Have You Grown Accustomed to a Negative Inner Critic?
- Do You Feel Stuck with Feelings of Shame from Past Mistakes or Traumas?
- Are You Always Repeating the Same Patterns in Relationships? Too Nice, Too Accepting, Avoidant, Easy to Get Triggered, Etc.?
- Is Your Brain Full of Self-Doubt and Harmful Self-Talk?
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
Once it's agreed that EMDR therapy is suitable for you, your initial sessions involve discussing your goals and enhancing your ability to cope with stress. In the following phases of EMDR therapy, you concentrate on a specific event or focus on a negative image, belief, emotion, or bodily sensation related to the event. You then focus on a positive belief indicating that the issue has been resolved.
While you're focused on the upsetting event, Christy begins sets of side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or taps. After each set, you are guided to observe what comes to mind. Shifts in insight or changes in images, feelings, or beliefs about the event may occur. It should be noted that you can stop therapy at any moment if necessary. The sets of eye movements, sounds, or taps will be repeated until distress caused by the event decreases. EMDR therapy can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other forms of therapy offered through the Maxx Method.
To help paint you a picture of how EMDR therapy works, think of it like a cast for a broken bone. Unlike other forms of therapy, however, EMDR can be more uncomfortable than traditional treatments. It's important to be ready for possible emotional exhaustion afterward. To cope, you can create a relaxing playlist and plan some activities to unwind. Once the sessions are finished, take some time to recharge and decompress.
Who Should Use EMDR Therapy in Ahwatukee, AZ?
EMDR therapy is something anyone can benefit from. It's not only reserved for people with extreme experiences or traumas. Even mild cases of anxiety and depression can be treated by a trained EMDR coach like Christy Maxey. When you remember something that reminds you of a bad experience, your body might react like it's in danger, even if it's not. This is a normal reaction, but if it keeps happening, it can make you feel really stressed out. With EMDR, you can heal and learn new ways to cope without having to talk about exactly what happened. This can help you feel better and live your life without over-worrying and ruminating on negativity.
If you're one of the many people who have experienced lackluster results from one or more EMDR sessions, it's crucial that you do not give up hope. In fact, many men and women come to Christy Maxey having had poor EMDR experiences. Thankfully, they soon realize how impactful and fulfilling the therapy can be for trauma. That's especially true when combined with other therapies like Inner Child Healing and Guided Visualization. Of course, EMDR therapy in Ahwatukee, AZ, isn't the best choice for every patient - after all, every person is different and responds to therapies in different ways.
To truly discover if EMDR therapy is the right choice for your mind and body, contact Christy ASAP to schedule your initial consultation. That way, you and Christy can get to know each other better and discover the best ways to promote long-term healing and well-being. With that said, patients choose EMDR treatments for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons for using EMDR therapy include the following:
- Panic Attacks and Anxiety
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome)
- Eating Disorders like Bulimia, Anorexia, and More
- Trauma from Abuse and Violence
- Abusive or Violent Relationships
- Rest and Sleep Problems
- Social Anxiety
- Childhood Trauma and Abuse
- Anger and Sadness
- Fear of Speaking in Public
- Betrayal and Grief
The Life-Changing Benefits of EMDR Therapy
Though EMDR therapy is more popular than ever, many people are still unaware of its benefits and how life-changing the therapy can be for people who are stuck. If that sounds like you, keep these benefits in mind as you continue to research this amazing therapy choice.
Triumph Over Trauma
Recovering from a traumatic experience can be extremely challenging, but EMDR therapy can provide a solution. Trauma can create triggers that make you feel like you're experiencing the event all over again. EMDR can help reorganize the thoughts, feelings, and experiences associated with the trauma so that you no longer feel controlled by it. While the effects of trauma may never completely disappear, EMDR can significantly reduce its impact on your life and enable you to live in the present without constantly reliving the past.
Enhance Your Mental Fortitude
Achieving personal growth involves accepting one's identity, building self-esteem, and understanding the internal narratives that shape our daily experiences. EMDR and guided therapeutic processing can help create a peaceful, efficient, and confident setting for individuals to accept their past and move forward. This therapeutic process empowers individuals, providing them with the strength and courage to confront any obstacle that impedes their well-being.
Reshape Your Life
During EMDR therapy sessions, traumatic events are broken down, enabling patients to gain a different perspective on negative events. This altered view can be as life-changing as the traumatic event itself, giving individuals greater control over how they adapt to the effects of trauma.
Overcome Circular Thinking
If you struggle with circular thinking patterns related to anxiety disorders, phobias, or generalized anxiety, EMDR therapy may be helpful. EMDR can assist you in overcoming these thought spirals by teaching you how to deal with your fears and worries without becoming overwhelmed by anxiety.
Understanding the Phases of EMDR Therapy in Ahwatukee, AZ
According to the EMDR Institute, there are eight phases in traditional EMDR treatment:
The EMDR Institute has identified eight phases of EMDR therapy. These are:
- History and Treatment Planning
- Body scan
History and Treatment Planning
During the initial stage of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Christy will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your medical and emotional history and create a treatment plan. This stage involves discussing the particular issue that led you to seek therapy. You'll also identify behaviors and symptoms associated with the issues you're facing. Based on this information, Christy will develop a personalized treatment plan that outlines the goals to be addressed using EMDR therapy in Ahwatukee, AZ:
- The Traumas or Events Causing Issues
- Present-Day Problems and Traumas Causing Distress
- Healthy Behaviors and Skills Needed for Long-Term Well-Being
During this phase, Christy will explain the theory of EMDR, how it is applied, and what you can expect during and after treatment. Christy will then teach you several techniques for relaxation so that you have the tools to calm down in the event of emotional disturbance.
One of the biggest goals of this first phase is to establish trust between you and your EMDR coach. While you don't have to go into great detail about disturbing memories, if you don't trust your therapist, you may not accurately report what is felt and what changes you are or aren't experiencing. If your goal is to please the therapist and say you feel better when you really aren't, no therapy in the world will resolve your trauma.
In this phase, you will be prompted to access each target in a controlled manner so it can be effectively processed. Processing does not mean talking about it. From there, Christy identifies different parts of the target to be processed. The first step is for you to select a specific image or mental picture from the target event (identified during Phase One) that best represents the memory.
You then choose a positive statement that you would like to believe. The statement should have an internal sense of control, such as "I am valuable/lovable/a good person/in control" or "I can achieve success." In some cases, when the primary emotion is fear, such as after a natural disaster, the negative thought could be "I am in danger," and the positive thought could be "I am safe now." "I am in danger" is considered a negative thought because fear is no longer necessary, but it is still present in the nervous system. The positive thought should reflect what is appropriate in the present moment.
During this phase, you will also identify negative emotions like anger or fear and physical sensations that you associate with trauma.
This phase of EMDR therapy in Ahwatukee, AZ, hones in on the disturbing sensations and emotions associated with your trauma and the ways that you respond to it. In doing so, patients often resolve similar events as well. The goal of this phase is to use sounds, taps, or eye movements with shifting focus until your subjective disturbance levels are lowered.
The goal here is to concentrate on the positive belief that you have identified to replace your negative belief(s). For example, you may have suffered child abuse in your younger years and hold the negative belief that you are powerless. Christy will help strengthen and install positive cognitions that reinforce the fact that you are in control, not the negative thoughts and emotions keeping you stuck.
Research into EMDR sessions indicates that physical responses to unresolved thoughts are common. After your positive cognition is fortified and installed, Christy will ask that you bring the original target event to the forefront of your mind. If she notices any additional body tension, those physical sensations are reprocessed. If you do not have any body tension or symptoms present when your original target event is brought up, your EMDR session is considered successful.
Typical EMDR sessions end with closure and a debriefing on what you can expect between your current and subsequent EMDR sessions. If necessary, Christy will provide calming techniques that you can use outside of therapy. This part of the EMDR process ensures that you leave Christy's office feeling better than you did at the beginning of the session.
This phase gives Christy insight into any other treatment plans that may be necessary for your healing and well-being. Like any type of sound therapy, reevaluation is critical in determining the success of your EMDR treatment over a period of time.
Reshape Your Life with EMDR Therapy from Christy Maxey
Regardless of the events and trauma keeping you stuck, EMDR might be a viable solution for reclaiming your life. Christy Maxey provides patients with the safe space needed to do so. If you're ready to let go of past or present traumas and reclaim your love of life, EMDR therapy could be the first step on your healing journey. Contact our office today to learn more about the Maxx Method, EMDR therapy in Ahwatukee, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
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Phoenix will staff new Ahwatukee station with 24 firefighters
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When is is opened, the daily staffing at the new Ahwatukee fire station will be six people total, including four on the engine and two on the rescue unit.Posted Saturday, April 8, 2023 12:48 pm INDEPENDENT NEWSMEDIAAhwatukee will be getting its fourth fire station, and it will be staffed with 24 firefighters who will cover three shifts, city officials said.Fire Station 74 will be built on the northwest corner of 19th Avenue and Chandler Boulevard. The station is estimated to be roughly 13,000 square feet and in...
When is is opened, the daily staffing at the new Ahwatukee fire station will be six people total, including four on the engine and two on the rescue unit.
Posted Saturday, April 8, 2023 12:48 pm
Ahwatukee will be getting its fourth fire station, and it will be staffed with 24 firefighters who will cover three shifts, city officials said.
Fire Station 74 will be built on the northwest corner of 19th Avenue and Chandler Boulevard. The station is estimated to be roughly 13,000 square feet and include three bays with a fire engine and a medical rescue.
Construction will complete the department's force in the community and reduce response time, Phoenix officials said.
Mayor Kate Gallego, Councilmember Sal DiCiccio and City Manager Jeff Barton secured funding in the 2023-2024 capital budget for Phoenix Fire Station 74, which is expected to cost and estimated $12 million.
“This new fire station is a major step forward for our community," Gallego said.
“When the new facility opens, Ahwatukee will be served by a total of four engine companies, a ladder company and three ambulances – ultimately increasing the capacity of our first responders to save many more lives."
DiCiccio said the station "is a testament to what can be accomplished when government listens to its residents.
"With this new fire station, we will see a tremendous decrease in emergency response times. I'm proud to have helped make this project happen and want to thank the mayor for her partnership in making this fire station a reality."
When the station opens in about two years, the daily staffing will be six people total, according to the city, and that will include four on the engine and two on the rescue.
“The Phoenix Fire Department is grateful for our community leaders’ support,” Phoenix Fire Chief Mike Duran said.
“Phoenix Fire station 74 will be a great addition to Ahwatukee. It allows us to deliver fast, professional fire and medical services, adding another layer of safety and security to our community."
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'I was just running off adrenaline': Mom gives birth in Ahwatukee school parking lot
“It was crazy for sure,” the baby's father said, remembering how it all played out.PHOENIX — A Valley couple welcomed their newborn son this past weekend, but it didn't go as they had planned.Jenna and Brian Abbey, who also have two other kids, tell 12News they didn't make it to the hospital in time. Their son Ryker was born in a school parking lot.“It was crazy for sure,” Brian said, remembering how it all played out.It was late Saturday night when Jenna said she started feeling cont...
“It was crazy for sure,” the baby's father said, remembering how it all played out.
PHOENIX — A Valley couple welcomed their newborn son this past weekend, but it didn't go as they had planned.
Jenna and Brian Abbey, who also have two other kids, tell 12News they didn't make it to the hospital in time. Their son Ryker was born in a school parking lot.
“It was crazy for sure,” Brian said, remembering how it all played out.
It was late Saturday night when Jenna said she started feeling contractions but wasn't worried. “My first labor was like 26 hours long, the second one was 12 hours, so I was like, we got time," she said.
Then after a few hours, that all changed.
Brian said they raced to their car, knowing they had a 30-minute drive to the hospital. They made it less than a mile away from their home when Jenna told him to pull over. Brian said, "You were like, 'No, he is coming now!'"
In the parking lot of St. John Bosco Catholic School near Chandler Boulevard and 48th Street, the couple prepared for what was coming. "This isn't how it's supposed to be," Jenna said.
With no doctors and no medicine, they were on their one. Jenna said, "I mean, I think at that point I was just running off adrenaline."
After about five minutes in the front seat of their car, they heard the cries of baby Ryker for the very first time. "To go through it without anybody around, I just think that's an amazing testament to what a woman's body can do," Brian said. Both are incredibly thankful the situation didn't go another way.
"We didn't have any complications, thank God," Brian said.
Emergency crews arrived and took Jenna and Ryker to the hospital. Doctors told her Ryker was a little cold from being outside but was okay.
However, the birth did leave some unexpected consequences. The front seat of their family car had to be removed. Brian said he is in talks with insurance companies about getting it repaired.
A small price to pay for bringing in so much joy to the world.
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Camera captures moments before coyotes attack dog in Ahwatukee
An Ahwatukee couple has lived peacefully with the wildlife for six years until coyotes became more aggressive in the past month.PHOENIX — Tuesday night was hockey night and the last thing Samantha Hjelle and Dawn Proefrock expected was a call from their neighbors.“Our neighbors had called us and had said that there were some coyotes at our back fence and Atticus, our American bulldog, was getting attacked through the fence,” said Hjelle.The attack left the dog with facial and leg injuries.Hjelle ...
An Ahwatukee couple has lived peacefully with the wildlife for six years until coyotes became more aggressive in the past month.
PHOENIX — Tuesday night was hockey night and the last thing Samantha Hjelle and Dawn Proefrock expected was a call from their neighbors.
“Our neighbors had called us and had said that there were some coyotes at our back fence and Atticus, our American bulldog, was getting attacked through the fence,” said Hjelle.
The attack left the dog with facial and leg injuries.
Hjelle and Proefrock have lived in their Ahwatukee neighborhood for six years and have enjoyed watching the wildlife from their patio.
“All sorts of birds…bobcats…coyotes,” said the two.
The pair never had a bad encounter until some coyotes became too aggressive in the past month.
Hjelle installed a surveillance camera on the back fence to monitor the pack when they approached the fence above their patio.
Surveillance video from Tuesday missed the attack, but you can see two coyotes approach the fence. The larger coyote is aggressively poking its nose through the fence towards Atticus on the other side.
“Jumped up along the fence here and grabbed the dog and severely injured him last night,” said Hjelle.
Atticus walks around with a plastic cone. He has a bandaged leg and scratch marks on his face. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“What the likely scenario is there is a den sight near that location,” said Darren Julian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Julian thinks this may have been a fight between a dog and a coyote protecting their territories.
“The coyote might be a little worked up thinking there might be another predator that could potentially go after their young or be competition for other food resources within that given territory,” said Julian.
He said the pack may eventually move to another location next year. Julian encourages residents in the area to watch their pets and don’t leave food around.
One tip for driving the coyotes away is to fill a soaker filled with 10 to 20% household ammonia diluted with water and fire it at the coyotes.
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You Never Know What You'll Find at Ahwatukee Secondhand Shop Vintageous
Thrift stores dot the Valley of the Sun. In all corners of town, you'll find tiny gems stuffed with cool, old things looking for a new home.In Ahwatukee, you’ll find Vintageous (furniture & design), a boutique home decor store spinning old goods into exciting treasures and upcycled furniture. With styles ranging from Midcentury Modern to boho to shabby chic, best friend duo and co-owners Jimmy Maler and Noeleen Sese are embracing their passion for ...
Thrift stores dot the Valley of the Sun. In all corners of town, you'll find tiny gems stuffed with cool, old things looking for a new home.
In Ahwatukee, you’ll find Vintageous (furniture & design), a boutique home decor store spinning old goods into exciting treasures and upcycled furniture. With styles ranging from Midcentury Modern to boho to shabby chic, best friend duo and co-owners Jimmy Maler and Noeleen Sese are embracing their passion for treasure hunting and turning what they find into one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.
Both Maler and Sese have an interior design background and started to grow their hobby into a business as an online store. Once they both realized it was easier for customers to go in person to shop, they decided to open the boutique in 2018.
“We thought, well in this nature, it's so much more fun to see it with your hands, to touch it, to sit on it, to look at it, versus everything you see is online. There's a little bit about the experience and the culture that we are into,” Maler says.
Not only does Vintageous offer a wide range of furniture such as tables, couches, wall art, and more, but they also offer staging, space planning, and interior design.
“We are more about the experience when you walk in," Sese says. She explains that besides finding items for their own houses, customers can take the design ideas they see at the store and translate them for their own spaces.
"Seeing how, when we put [things] together in a venue, it doesn't have to even just be the things you see in our store, but your own personal keepsakes from your family that you can still keep and make them current or relevant in a design setting,” Sese says.
Maler and Sese also mention that it's not just about furniture flipping, but it's about treasure hunting. The duo find pieces that need a little TLC and bring them back to life.
“I think that was a little bit of the rescue part of us not wanting to see something that had a story or something that somebody loved just being disposable if you could take some time and some care and fix it, repair it, finish it," Maler says. "It's about finding something that you're passionate about that aesthetically appeals to you or reminds you of your childhood or maybe some sentimental moment from your family.”
“It's fun putting it together, making it balance. Making it feel like there's a story behind it," says Sese.
In an era where customers can open the Amazon app and have a chair delivered the next day, or walk out of IKEA with a house full of ready-to-build furniture, Sese and Maler hope to offer items of quality that will last and didn't come out of a box. They want to give customers the ability to choose something that resembles their personality and their style preference that will add passion to the space they want to decorate.
“I think that's why, not just this store, but antique stores or vintage stores or thrift stores in general, connect with that boutique audience versus the Wayfair," Maler says. "This is a different mentality for a lot of people. And I think the younger generation is saying, 'Hey, I'm a little tired of disposable copy-and-paste things. I want something that's memorable, something with character, a story, and some style. So that's catching on, whether it's used clothes or used furniture."
But when you find something at Vintageous that strikes your fancy, it's best to grab it right there and then, Maler says. Everything at the store is first come, first serve, and he mentions that many people come in to see an item and by the next day, it's gone.
“If you really like it, don't hesitate, and if you don't see something you like, just wait a week and it's all different because it changes so fast," he says. "The minute this [table] is gone, who knows what will take its place? It's always changing all the time. I think that keeps people interested."
Vintageous is located at 4611 E. Chandler Blvd. Call 602-463-7570 or visit the store's website.
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Why This Arizona Home Is Plagued by Deadly Rattlesnakes
A house in Arizona has been plagued by not one, but four adult Speckled Rattlesnakes over the last few months. Snake catcher Marissa Maki, from Rattlesnake Solutions, found the latest deadly trespasser hiding behind an aloe vera plant in the family's front yard.Bryan Hughes, the owner of Rattlesnake Solutions, told Newsweek that the house's location makes it particularly vulnerable to unwanted visitors....
A house in Arizona has been plagued by not one, but four adult Speckled Rattlesnakes over the last few months. Snake catcher Marissa Maki, from Rattlesnake Solutions, found the latest deadly trespasser hiding behind an aloe vera plant in the family's front yard.
Bryan Hughes, the owner of Rattlesnake Solutions, told Newsweek that the house's location makes it particularly vulnerable to unwanted visitors.
"For this house, the specific location is the issue. It's not only directly adjacent to the preferable habitat for Speckled Rattlesnakes, but it is on the corner as well," Hughes said. "Many of the neighborhoods in Arizona are built with a long, shared block wall behind them.
"This can function like a funnel, forcing any snakes that may want to visit the well-watered and shaded properties to enter at the sides. For this reason, homes found at the corners often see far more snake visitors than homes with more interior."
Despite this vulnerable location, it is still unusual to be visited by four different rattlesnakes in a matter of months.
The house is located in Ahwatukee, in Phoenix, Arizona, right against the South Mountain Park and Preserve. Southwestern speckled rattlesnakes are common in this region and are usually found in rocky areas near mountains and hillsides.
The species varies in color, from white to brown to orange, and has a highly flecked banded pattern that closely resembles the rocky granite found in their natural habitat.
As rattlesnakes go, these are fairly small.
"Adults get to around three feet long," Hughes said. "These were all adults between two and three feet long."
Five other species of rattlesnake are commonly found in the Ahwatukee area, including the Western Diamondback, Arizona's largest species of rattlesnake.
"Rattlesnakes are often found at properties in Arizona, most often in backyards where vegetation, water, and feeding opportunities are present," Hughes previously told Newsweek.
If you live in a rattlesnake-prone area, Rattlesnake Solutions recommends putting up snake fencing and making your yard less desirable to the deadly animals. You can do this by removing leaf litter, keeping foliage well-pruned, and avoiding growing plants right next to your house. Removing food sources, such as bird seed and food waste that might attract rodents, will also stop the snakes from being attracted to your property in the first place.
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