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 Apache Junction, 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 Apache Junction, 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 Apache Junction, 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 Apache Junction, 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 Apache Junction, 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 Apache Junction, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
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Photos: Trulieve opens its 21st Arizona dispensary in Apache Junction
In late May, Trulieve set its sights on opening its first Apache Junction location. Less than two months later, on July 7, the converted Nirvana Center re-opened its doors under a Trulieve banner.Trulieve has more than 185 dispensaries across seven states. With its grand opening celebration on Friday, the Apache Junction dispensary became Trulieve's 21st Arizonan locati...
In late May, Trulieve set its sights on opening its first Apache Junction location. Less than two months later, on July 7, the converted Nirvana Center re-opened its doors under a Trulieve banner.
"We're excited to be expanding out to Apache Junction, especially because there are so few dispensaries here," Trulieve area manager Gywn Stalkfleet told Phoenix New Times.
Although the Apache Junction location has a large selection of concentrates and edibles, the real appeal of Trulieve is its famous "$15 eighths" which is a whopping eighth of an ounce of flower.
"We have a ton of products at different price points, so there is something for everyone. But of course, we are the home of the $15 eighths, and it's one of the best deals around," said Konya Lindsey, Trulieve's southwest executive marketing director.
Great deals and premium products are just two of the things that excite Lindsey about the new location. "I think what's great about Apache Junction is that you're going to see a variety of budtenders who have a variety of knowledge and a variety of perspectives. That's what I think makes for a really great customer experience," she said.
Of course, Trulieve's close proximity to Valley Wings can't be underplayed. "We have the best wings in Arizona, and what goes better than wings and weed," said Valley Wings owner Q, whose restaurant is less than 50-feet away from the dispensary.
Apache Junction USD votes to end ties with superintendent, the district’s third in 6 years
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APACHE JUNCTION, AZ — The Apache Junction Unified School District board voted 3 to 2 in a “mutual severance agreement” with its superintendent, Heather Wallace.
However, some community members supporting the superintendent say it is anything but mutual.
Students from Apache Junction went outside the district office Monday morning, chanting they wanted to keep their superintendent.
Inside the building, the board went into an executive session to discuss what they call a “mutual severance agreement” with Wallace.
It is currently unclear why this is all happening, but a board member alluded to mistakes being made.
“She spent 25 years as a teacher, principal and worked her way up for her to lose her job, for minute things, I won’t be voting for this either,” said Cami Garcia, a board member.
ABC15 asked board member Bobby Bauders about what these mistakes are about, however, he could not comment since it was in executive session.
Both Garcia and Bauders both voted no on the motion of the mutual severance agreement. Board President Dena Kimble, Gilbert Cancio, and Gail Ross voted yes. None of the majority of board members offered any discussion on their decision.
ABC15 went up to both Kimble and Ross and asked if they would comment, which they declined. We also reached out to Ross via email but did not hear back.
Bauders claims that the superintendent was bullied and pushed out of her position.
“Heather was pushed, bullied and gaslit until she couldn’t take it anymore. They’re going to say it was a mutual decision, but it was not. Heather was pushed to this decision,” Bauders said in the board meeting.
Some other community members in attendance also feel the same way as Bauders.
“I don’t believe it was mutual. That is my own personal opinion,” said Chelsea Connolly, a former board member and parent in the district.
“I do not believe it was either. She just didn’t want to get fired, so she agreed to it so she can get a job somewhere else,” added Jill Bright, a parent in the district.
However, there were others in the meeting who did agree with the majority of the board.
“We’ve got all kinds of drama happening here today, and everything has been in executive session to this point,” said Brenda Gifford, who is in support of the majority of the board. “We really need to give the board an opportunity to do what we elected them to do. I campaigned for some of these people. I did that because I trust them.”
Giffords felt the superintendent created a division between the community and the board as well, however, people who supported Wallace object to that.
They also told ABC15 they’re concerned for the students, who now have no leadership and are afraid staff would not want to come to the district for how often its changed leadership.
“My concern is for the community. The kids, first and foremost, but the community as a whole. This staff, as a district, when you are… constantly changing up leadership every two years,” said Jodi Ehrlich, a former board member.
Superintendent Wallace was not present at the board meeting Monday morning. ABC15 did reach out for comment but has not received a response.
The district will have a regular board meeting Tuesday. There is anticipation the community will come out to express their opinions.
The board president released a comment through an email to the community Tuesday evening.
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Sparks fly at Apache Junction School Board meeting
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APACHE JUNCTION, AZ — Just one day after the Governing Board for the Apache Junction Unified School District decided to cut ties with its superintendent, tempers flared during a board meeting.
Dozens of parents and teachers spoke out Tuesday.
Many coming to the board meeting, as the district prepares to hire its fourth superintendent in six years.
All of this happening, as ABC15 has confirmed two Governing Board members for the district received illegal campaign donations.
On Monday, the board voted to enter into a mutual severance agreement with now, former superintendent Heather Wallace.
"It's really not mutual," said third-grade teacher Shannon Corbin.
A statement posted by the Board President Dena Kimble said there was a difference in vision. But some including, board member Bobby Bauders, said there's more to the story.
"There has been a concerted effort by the Board President and a majority of the board to bully and harass the Supt.," said Bauders.
ABC15 requested the severance agreement and found out it's costing the district $96,000 to part ways with Wallace.
“This district is really desperate for cash right now,” said Bauders. “We can't be affording to pay two superintendents every two years.”
Dozens signed up to speak during public comment Tuesday.
“This board isn't looking for a quality leader they are looking for a yes man,” said a community member.
Two people stood up, agreeing with the board's decision.
“Using the salary negotiation to pit the faculty against the governing board is reprehensible in my opinion,” said taxpayer Brenda Gifford.
Many in attendance spoke out in support of Wallace.
One principal even resigned publicly.
ABC15 tried to get Kimble’s side after the public comment was finished, asking multiple questions but each time she said “No comment”.
Monday three members voted for the severance agreement, Kimble, Gilbert Cancio, and Gail Ross. Community members told ABC15 a recall effort for those members is underway.
Concern over cooling measures on Apache Junction Unified School District buses
Parents say the Apache Junction Unified School District isn't doing enough to keep kids cool on hot school buses. (Source: azfamily)APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Parents in the Apache Junction Unified School District say school buses have poorly-functioning air conditioning units that have left students coming home dry heaving and even on the verge of passing out. The district superintendent sent a letter to parents today disputing that claim, saying all school buses have fully functional air conditioning systems....
Parents say the Apache Junction Unified School District isn't doing enough to keep kids cool on hot school buses. (Source: azfamily)
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Parents in the Apache Junction Unified School District say school buses have poorly-functioning air conditioning units that have left students coming home dry heaving and even on the verge of passing out. The district superintendent sent a letter to parents today disputing that claim, saying all school buses have fully functional air conditioning systems.
“I’ve never felt it that hot,” district 4th grader Macy Solaiza said. “I was about to pass out. I wanted to throw up too.”
Macy’s mom Crickett says that when the school year started on Monday, kids were coming home sweaty. But what happened Wednesday was the worst yet. “I was furious because I entrust the school district with my child,” she said.
She wasn’t the only one. Dozens of parents shared their thoughts on social media, making it clear that something needs to change. “Pay the bus driver to start the engines early to have the bus cool down before the children enter the bus,” Crickett suggested.
In a letter to district parents, superintendent Dr. Robert Pappalardo said on Thursday that the district is taking proactive steps to minimize any discomfort. They include regular maintenance of the buses, pre-cooling procedures and providing water for students. But Cynthia Chavez, who has a kindergartener in the district, says what the district is doing isn’t working.
“I pray that they don’t wait until something happens,” she said.
Chavez says she nearly took her son to the emergency room after he came home drenched in sweat and dry heaving. She says the district doesn’t allow students to roll down the bus windows for additional ventilation. “They’re leaving these kids in a hot bus, windows rolled up, while they’re driving around at different spots,” she said. “That’s the same thing as leaving a kid in a hot car. It’s ridiculous.”
Arizona’s Family reached out to the Apache Junction Unified School District to try and confirm any policy regarding the windows on buses having to stay up but did not get a response.
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Apache Junction rehabilitates monumental sign that was damaged due to wildfires
PHOENIX — Apache Junction has rehabilitated a monumental sign on the northeast entrance of State Route 88 that was damaged by wildfires.The sign’s unveiling took place on Friday and was reconstructed by a group of volunteers in the East Valley city.“The work being done here not only benefits the monument but also contributes to the health and vitality of the surrounding ecosystem,” Mayor Chip Wilson said in a ...
PHOENIX — Apache Junction has rehabilitated a monumental sign on the northeast entrance of State Route 88 that was damaged by wildfires.
The sign’s unveiling took place on Friday and was reconstructed by a group of volunteers in the East Valley city.
“The work being done here not only benefits the monument but also contributes to the health and vitality of the surrounding ecosystem,” Mayor Chip Wilson said in a press release.
“We can all look forward to enjoying the beauty of this area for years to come thanks to the hard work of these dedicated volunteers.”
Wildfires over the years damaged the rundown sign.
The city, along with the local Modern Woodmen of America chapter, Siphon Draw Fire and Fuels and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, worked to revitalize the sign.
The volunteers identified native vegetation species to donate to the renovation. Siphon Draw Fire and Fuels provided planting and watering services.
Arizona’s symbolic plant, the saguaro cactus, was implemented to the design of the renovated monument. The Parks and Recreation administration donated four mature 35-foot saguaros.
The sign now has all-new vegetation surrounding the monument. In addition, there was patchwork done to the sign and a fresh coat of paint.
The updated sign demonstrates Apache Junction’s history and the city hopes it is a striking symbol for it for years to come.
“All of this will add to the visual appeal of the monument and help to preserve these iconic plants,” Wilson said. “The monument has been a long-favored pullout to take pictures for visitors along SR88.”