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 Cave Creek, 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 Cave Creek, 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 Cave Creek, 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 Cave Creek, 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 Cave Creek, 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 Cave Creek, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
Latest News in Cave Creek, AZ
$50K winning Powerball ticket sold in Cave Creek
The winning ticket matched four of the five numbers and the Powerball.CAVE CREEK, Ariz. — Someone in Arizona is about to get a nice chunk of change added to their bank account.According to lottery officials, one $50,000 winning Powerball ticket for the April 19 drawing was sold in the Valley.The ticket was reportedly sold at Circle K near Tatum Boulevard and Cave Cre...
The winning ticket matched four of the five numbers and the Powerball.
CAVE CREEK, Ariz. — Someone in Arizona is about to get a nice chunk of change added to their bank account.
According to lottery officials, one $50,000 winning Powerball ticket for the April 19 drawing was sold in the Valley.
The ticket was reportedly sold at Circle K near Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. The ticket matched four out of five numbers with the Powerball.
Here are the winning numbers: 4, 11, 21, 38, 64, Powerball: 11
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Who is on the Cave Creek Town Council? What to know
Cave Creek is a tiny town of roughly 5,000 residents that sits on the northernmost edge of metro Phoenix and is arguably one of the region's most recognizably Old West-style towns.It's run by six town council members and is among a handful of tiny Valley towns that sends all of their elected officials to the ballot every two years. Cave Creek's last election was in 2022, so eac...
Cave Creek is a tiny town of roughly 5,000 residents that sits on the northernmost edge of metro Phoenix and is arguably one of the region's most recognizably Old West-style towns.
It's run by six town council members and is among a handful of tiny Valley towns that sends all of their elected officials to the ballot every two years. Cave Creek's last election was in 2022, so each council position will appear on the ballot again in 2024.
Town Council members have to decide everything from road maintenance to public safety funding for Cave Creek residents. Here's who's in charge of sorting out those big policy issues.
Vice Mayor Kathryn Royer
Royer was first elected to Town Council in 2018. She has spent her career working in the communications field, most recently for a company called Transparent Media and Communications.
Augherton has a long history of public service, having first been elected to the Town Council in 1993 before serving one term as mayor from 1997 to 1999. More recently, he lost his bid for Town Council in 2018 but made a comeback by securing the role in 2022.
In his professional life, Augherton serves as the executive director for the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy.
Bunch served as Cave Creek's mayor from 2016 to 2022, when he became disillusioned with the top role and decided to make a bid for the Town Council instead. He served previous terms on the Town Council, being elected to that position for the first time in 2005.
Outside of his public service, Bunch is the president of a paper product manufacturing company called B. Bunch Co.
Eelkema is serving his first term on the Town Council and previously served three terms on Cave Creek’s Planning Commission, which he joined in 2019. He has spent his career working in education as a principal and elementary school teacher.
McGuire is serving his fifteenth year on the Town Council, having held the office from 2005 to 2009 and from 2012 until now. He is a retired science teacher.
Bryan "Dusty" Rhoades is serving his first term on the Cave Creek Town Council. He spent 40 years managing personnel and programs for the federal government.
A retired colonel who served in the infantry and intelligence divisions, Rhoades is now a part-owner of a consulting company that supports the Department of Defense.
Arizona Republic reporter Renata Cló contributed to this article.
Phoenix says Farewell to Cave Creek Fixture Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue After 14 Years
In the worst-news-I’ve-heard-all-day category, there’s this: Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek is closing. Its last day of operation is Saturday, April 22nd, which is also chef Bryan Dooley’s birthday. He and his wife Donna, who has worked side-by-side with him at the restaurant, are throwing a big going-away/birthday party on that day. Naturally, there will be barbecue as well as music and lots of regulars and old friends (which are basically one and the same).In a text to his customers and friends...
In the worst-news-I’ve-heard-all-day category, there’s this: Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek is closing. Its last day of operation is Saturday, April 22nd, which is also chef Bryan Dooley’s birthday. He and his wife Donna, who has worked side-by-side with him at the restaurant, are throwing a big going-away/birthday party on that day. Naturally, there will be barbecue as well as music and lots of regulars and old friends (which are basically one and the same).
In a text to his customers and friends, Dooley says, “Let me explain. Business is great! Actually this year is starting off very strong. So why are we closing? Well, Donna and I are ready for a change. Life balance. It’s as simple as that! We are still young enough to pursue other interests and we look forward to spending much needed quality time together. This has been a plan that has been in the works for quite awhile and we are excited to move on to the next chapter of our lives. I am personally looking forward to getting out in the woods and doing some fishing!”
Dooley then goes on to thank his staff, past and present, his many loyal customers, and his two adult children, Keely and Jack, who worked every position in the 14 years that the restaurant has been in business. It’s an incredibly sweet text, so full of gratitude and good memories it made me cry.
What many people don’t know is that Dooley was a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He also spent 15 years working as a chef at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, later using his chef-y skill set to make some terrific (and often way-out) specials, which often ran for a month at a time at Bryan’s.
Of course, he was probably best known for his brisket, but everyone had his or her own favorites. For me, it was the BBQ ribs, which I thought (alongside those at the defunct Don & Charlie’s) were the best in town. For my SO, it was “The Big Pig,” a mess of fries topped with pulled pork, pickled jalapeños, BBQ sauce, scallions and sour cream.
But this will all soon be history, and I have to say, it’s a big loss for Phoenix but an even bigger loss for Cave Creek. If you’re a Bryan’s BBQ fan, you better get it while you can.
Dooley hints that there may be another chapter. Let’s hope for that.
Homeless Crisis: North Phoenix residents voice concerns over neighborhood park
Residents concerned over state of Phoenix parkResidents say a few years ago, Cave Creek Park in North Phoenix was a thriving place, but amid the city's ongoing homeless crisis, there are now persistent health and safety problems at the park. FOX 10's Lauren Clark reports.PHOENIX - Garbage, drug paraphernalia and feces: that is what people in a North Phoenix neighborhood say they are experiencing at their local park."It is very embarrassing. Sad," said Osama Hanna.Hanna says he once lov...
Residents concerned over state of Phoenix park
Residents say a few years ago, Cave Creek Park in North Phoenix was a thriving place, but amid the city's ongoing homeless crisis, there are now persistent health and safety problems at the park. FOX 10's Lauren Clark reports.
PHOENIX - Garbage, drug paraphernalia and feces: that is what people in a North Phoenix neighborhood say they are experiencing at their local park.
"It is very embarrassing. Sad," said Osama Hanna.
Hanna says he once loved Cave Creek Park, located near 23rd Avenue and Cactus.
"The park, six years ago, was a thriving place," said Hanna.
Hanna said these days, there are persistent health and safety problems at the park.
"We walk out and see this filth, and just the other day, I found a dead dog in this field," said Hanna.
Hanna is not the only person who has noticed the state of Cave Creek Park.
"I’ve seen everything from shoes, to clothes hanging from the trees, to even a bed frame on the other side of the park there, near the tree," said Luis Llamas.
"I've noticed a lot of tin foil," said one person, identified only as ‘Leia.'
"We have trash everywhere," said Hanna. "It’s dirty. It smells. The homeless problem is really, really something Phoenix should take into consideration."
Phoenix City Officials Respond
City officials say they are aware of the problem, after someone submitted a report about the homeless encampment, as well as trash surrounding the neighborhood park.
Officials say crews cleaned up the park last week and is "actively working to bring additional services to this area to help those who are unsheltered."
These steps that the city took have not gone unnoticed by area residents.
"It seems like the Phoenix city people have really cleaned up the place," said Leia. "It looks a lot more better. I see a lot more kids coming out, playing around with basketballs and things like that."
Hanna, however, argues that more can be done.
"I would just like to walk down these paths, look out, and not have to worry about these kinds of things," said Hanna.
City officials are encouraging residents to share their concerns. People who notice any encampments or unsheltered individuals can call PHX C.A.R.E.S at (602)262-6251, or submit a report online. Meanwhile, those currently without a home who are seeking resources can be connected to them after calling 211.
A map of the park
Two people rescued from truck swept off road near Cave Creek
The Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical Department was able to rescue two men from the roof of their truck after the vehicle had gotten swept off a flooded roadway.CAVE CREEK, Ariz. — Two men are safe after their truck was swept off a flooded roadway near Cave Creek, officials said. First responders were able to get the men off the roof of their truck and to safety.The vehicle was a construction truck with two people inside, driving to a job site near Cave Creek. The vehicle was driving down Cahava Ranch Road when it tried to...
The Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical Department was able to rescue two men from the roof of their truck after the vehicle had gotten swept off a flooded roadway.
CAVE CREEK, Ariz. — Two men are safe after their truck was swept off a flooded roadway near Cave Creek, officials said. First responders were able to get the men off the roof of their truck and to safety.
The vehicle was a construction truck with two people inside, driving to a job site near Cave Creek. The vehicle was driving down Cahava Ranch Road when it tried to cross a flooded section of the roadway, Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical officials said.
Their truck was then washed away with both men still inside. The two were able to climb out onto the roof of the truck and were seen stranded in the wash.
Officials said that they were unable to use a helicopter due to the weather, so crews used a ladder truck to rescue the men from the vehicle.
See the rescue video the department shared on Twitter here:
This morning our crews rescued two men who crossed a flooded roadway in an attempt to get to a job site. Please do not cross flooded roadways, the risk is not worth your life and the safety of our rescuers. #turnarounddontdrown pic.twitter.com/6V25d1OUKv— Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical (@DaisyMtnFire) March 22, 2023
The truck can be seen mostly submerged as rescuers help the men off the roof and onto the ladder.
"Please do not cross flooded roadways," the department stressed, "The risk is not worth your life and the safety of our rescuers."
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Drought, wildfires, heat and monsoon storms: Arizona has seen its fair share of severe weather. Learn everything you need to know about the Grand Canyon State's ever-changing forecasts here.
The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority has provided the following tips on what hazards to watch out for during and after a flood, including fire, electrical and chemical safety:
Generators and alternative heating devices can create fire hazards during flooding if they aren’t used correctly or maintained properly. Pools of water and appliances can become electrically charged and can cause electrical fires.
On electricity, residents in flooded areas should turn off the power to their homes if they can reach the main breaker or fuse box. All wiring in the house may be electrically charged and hazardous. Residents should have a professional technician check their home for damages before turning on the power.
Make sure potentially combustible liquids like paint thinner, lighter fluid or gasoline haven’t spilled within or near your home. Keep combustible liquids away from electrical or alternative heat sources as to not start a fire.
All smoke alarms in the home should be tested monthly and batteries should be replaced yearly. Some smoke alarms are dependent on your home’s electrical service and may go out when power is turned off.
Make sure the fire hydrant near your home is cleared of debris so the fire department can assess it easily in the event of a fire.