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 Flagstaff, 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 Flagstaff, 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 Flagstaff, 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 Flagstaff, 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 Flagstaff, 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 Flagstaff, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
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Planning a trip to Flagstaff? What to know about Arizona's best-known mountain town
With around 76,000 residents, Flagstaff sits about 150 miles north of Phoenix and 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Located in the world's largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is at an elevation of about 7,000 feet. It's near the base of the San Francisco Peaks and is home to Humphrey's Peak, the highest point in Arizona.Positioned at the intersection of Interstate 17 and I-40, Flagstaff is a convenient getaway for day trips and longer stays. Tourism is a large part of the city's economy. The area welco...
With around 76,000 residents, Flagstaff sits about 150 miles north of Phoenix and 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Located in the world's largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is at an elevation of about 7,000 feet. It's near the base of the San Francisco Peaks and is home to Humphrey's Peak, the highest point in Arizona.
Positioned at the intersection of Interstate 17 and I-40, Flagstaff is a convenient getaway for day trips and longer stays. Tourism is a large part of the city's economy. The area welcomes more than 5 million visitors yearly, according to the Arizona Office of Tourism.
Flagstaff got its name from a flag pole made of a tall pine that was used in a flag-raising ceremony on July 4, 1876, according to Discover Flagstaff. "Boston travelers chose a tall pine, trimmed its branches from the bottom up and attached a flag to the top in observance of the nation’s centennial," according to the Discover Flagstaff website.
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Due to its position in the mountains, Flagstaff has a much different climate than much of the rest of Arizona.
While residents in Phoenix and Tucson battle extreme heat during the summers, Flagstaff averages high temperatures in the mid-80s, which is why many homes in the city don't have central air conditioning. During the winter, the city averages around 100 inches of snow, which brings with it plenty of travelers looking to escape the desert and get a taste of the winter weather.
Flagstaff Unified School District serves approximately 11,500 students across 16 schools. For higher education, Flagstaff-area options include Coconino Community College, Indian Bible College and Northern Arizona University, which enrolled just over 28,000 students in 2022.
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Flagstaff is the county seat for Coconino County, the second largest county in the mainland U.S. at nearly 12 million acres. It operates on a council-manager form of government. An elected City Council, including the mayor, develops policy positions and then directs the city manager to carry out their decisions. Importantly, the mayor has a single vote that carries the same weight as the rest of the council.
Flagstaff's mayor, Becky Daggett, was elected in 2022 to a four-year term.
Flagstaff and its surrounding area offer an abundance of activities, including the Flagstaff Brewery Trail, the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered. Arizona Snowbowl, a skiing destination in the winter, offers activities for visitors in the summer, including a scenic gondola ride where on especially clear days riders can see all the way to the Grand Canyon's south rim.
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City of Flagstaff bans ad for shooting range and faces accusation of unconstitutional action
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FLAGSTAFF, AZ — A Flagstaff shooting range has gained the support of a conservative think tank in its challenge to advertise at the city's airport.
The Goldwater Institute issued a letter to the city of Flagstaff this week questioning its rejection of advertising from Timberline Firearms and Training, the Arizona Daily Sun reported Thursday.
Rob Wilson, the owner of the shooting range and gun shop, said he has had a 10-second ad playing on TV monitors at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport since 2019. But the city declined to allow it this year. Officials claimed it violated its advertising policy by showing depictions of violence or anti-social behavior.
The ad Wilson submitted shows his business' logo, four people standing while holding guns and then a clip of an instructor and a student at the indoor firing range. The student fires on a paper target with an assault-style weapon.
Attorneys for Goldwater said the city's rejection violates Wilson's freedom of speech rights. They also accused Flagstaff of “abusing its power to push an anti-gun agenda.”
Joe Setyon, a spokesperson for Goldwater, said the group will consider filing a lawsuit if the matter is not resolved.
The Flagstaff City Council has been in discussions to revise the policy on advertisements.
Sarah Langley, a city spokesperson, said an updated version will be the subject of a Nov. 14 city council meeting.
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Flagstaff voters to decide on hospital rezoning, Appeals Court rules
FLAGSTAFF — Voters will decide on the rezoning of land near Fort Tuthill, where Northern Arizona Healthcare wants to build a new hospital, as Proposition 480 will remain on the November ballot, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on Monday.The hospital system originally challenged the ballot referendum in late July claiming that the information presented to voters was misleading, specifically the mention of retail establishments that are not included in this phase of the proposed development plan."In li...
FLAGSTAFF — Voters will decide on the rezoning of land near Fort Tuthill, where Northern Arizona Healthcare wants to build a new hospital, as Proposition 480 will remain on the November ballot, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on Monday.
The hospital system originally challenged the ballot referendum in late July claiming that the information presented to voters was misleading, specifically the mention of retail establishments that are not included in this phase of the proposed development plan.
"In light of the decision, NAH is prepared to inform Flagstaff city voters that the referendum listed on the ballot as Proposition 480 is about building a hospital, not about building retail and commercial development," NAH said in a statement following the court's ruling.
Flagstaff Community First, the coalition that submitted the referendum, has argued that their specific reference to Northern Arizona Healthcare's "Health Village Phase 1 Specific Plan" was enough information for voters in relation to the new hospital and that they simply provided examples of what the change to highway-commercial zoning legally allows, which includes retail businesses.
“Now that both Coconino Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals have ruled the referendum petition complied fully with the law, we urge NAH to stop misleading the public by trying to kick Prop 480 off the ballot," Dr. Doug Mapel, chair of Flagstaff Community First, said in a statement after the ruling. "The courts couldn’t be more clear."
The NAH challenge was previously struck down by Coconino County Superior Court Judge Brent Harris on Aug. 4 who in his decision said, “by failing to include every possible example of permitted uses the committee (Flagstaff Community First) did not act in a fraudulent or misleading manner or promote falsehood upon the voting public that may choose to weigh in on the referendum.”
In May, the Flagstaff City Council voted to rezone a large swath of undeveloped land near Fort Tuthill County Park for the first phase of the new hospital project which includes a new 700,000-square-foot hospital. If approved, construction is expected to cost $800 million and be completed in 2027.
It is the new project's second phase that is expected to include housing, a hotel and healthcare-centered retail and restaurants to round out the health and wellness village.
Soon after the City Council decision, various community groups formed the Flagstaff Community First coalition, which eventually collected thousands of community signatures leading to the approval of Proposition 480 to appear on the ballot.
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Flagstaff residents use about half as much water as the state average
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Water is a natural resource that’s become scarce for many Arizonans as state and local governments work on water conservation efforts.According to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the average person in Arizona uses 146 gallons of water daily. But a city in the high country paints a different picture. People i...
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Water is a natural resource that’s become scarce for many Arizonans as state and local governments work on water conservation efforts.
According to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the average person in Arizona uses 146 gallons of water daily. But a city in the high country paints a different picture. People in Flagstaff use about half of that, around 84 gallons of water a day. The city recently received an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its water conservation efforts.
However, it hasn’t always been that way. People were using about 186 gallons of water daily 35 years ago. “In Flagstaff, about 70% of our water that we use annually is from groundwater, which is obviously a lot less renewable than water that’s used on the surface,” Water Conservation Manager Tamara Lawless said. “So it replenishes more slowly, and that’s why we want to be cautious about our use.”
The reduced usage is no accident. The city’s water conservation team works actively on new and better ways to reduce water waste. “We have our programs, so we’re encouraging people to upgrade to those more efficient fixtures, offering those rebates,” Lawless said. “We actually have teams that patrol around the town and make sure people are not watering in the middle of the day.”
She said their work is far from over. “So we have around or half gallon reduction per year is what we’re hoping for the next 20 years,” Lawless said.
They offer home inspections for water conservation and rebates for more water-conscious fixtures. You can learn more about how the city can help you be more water-conscious here.
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Flagstaff “starter homes” help provide a hand up to affordable home ownership
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The city of Flagstaff, like many across the country, is facing an affordable housing crisis. The average home price has gone up $200,000 since 2020, according to Redfin.Last year, the city approved a 10-year plan to add homes in an effort to bring down prices. Now Habitat for Humanity Northern Ar...
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The city of Flagstaff, like many across the country, is facing an affordable housing crisis. The average home price has gone up $200,000 since 2020, according to Redfin.
Last year, the city approved a 10-year plan to add homes in an effort to bring down prices. Now Habitat for Humanity Northern Arizona is trying something new to help people break into the market: tiny houses.
Eric Wolverton is the executive director of the nonprofit. After seeing home prices skyrocket in his community, he devised an idea to help people find affordable homes. “The ultimate goal of starter homes is to allow people to have a hand up into the middle class,” Wolverton said.
To own a home, people have to put $1,000 down and pay a little less than $1,000 a month for the mortgage. Residents must live in the home for at least three years and can stay as long as ten years before having to sell it back to Habitat for Humanity.
Here’s where Wolverton said the solution is: about $800 from the monthly payment goes into a savings account that residents cash out once they move out.
So residents would have anywhere between $30,000 to $100,000 to put towards another home, and another family in need can move into the tiny home. “Even dual-income won’t buy you a home, and we have so many families that just have single-family lifestyles,” Wolverton said. “So we want to ensure that they and their children have the means to stay here in Flagstaff where they want to be.”
Families making less than $60,000 qualify for the starter home. Their first resident moved in back in January after being homeless. Now, he has more time with his daughter and a plan for the future. “Because what we want is for Tucker to be able to sell his home, cash out his equity, and again move from poverty, into middle class, have the finances he needs for whatever dreams he has,” Wolverton said.
They are now finishing this second home, which will be completed in the next few months. The goal is to make 10 of these homes each year for the next four years, for a total of 40 homes. You can find more information about how to support the program and how to apply at their website here.
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