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 Mesa, 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 Mesa, 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 Mesa, 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 Mesa, 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 Mesa, 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 Mesa, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
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Coyotes' owner Meruelo eyes Mesa, Arizona as potential future home for franchise
Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo has executed a letter of intent to purchase a parcel of land in Mesa, Arizona to be the potential spot for a sports arena and entertainment district for the franchise.Throughout their history since landing in the desert in 1996, the Coyotes have played in a number of arenas in the Phoenix area. They first played at America West Arena before moving to Glendale Arena (now Gila River Arena) in 2003. In August 2021, the city of Glendale chose not to renew its operating agreement with the team following t...
Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo has executed a letter of intent to purchase a parcel of land in Mesa, Arizona to be the potential spot for a sports arena and entertainment district for the franchise.
Throughout their history since landing in the desert in 1996, the Coyotes have played in a number of arenas in the Phoenix area. They first played at America West Arena before moving to Glendale Arena (now Gila River Arena) in 2003. In August 2021, the city of Glendale chose not to renew its operating agreement with the team following the 2021-22 season. In February 2022, they reached a multi-year agreement with Arizona State University to play at the school's Mullett Arena.
In May, voters in Tempe rejected the Coyotes' entertainment district and arena proposal.
The Coyotes released the following statement Wednesday morning.
“We can confirm that Coyotes Owner, Chairman & Governor Alex Meruelo has executed a Letter of Intent to purchase a parcel of land located in Mesa, Arizona to be the potential site for a sports arena and entertainment district for the Club. The Coyotes remain committed to building the first privately funded sports facility in Arizona history and ensuring the Valley as the Club’s permanent home. In addition to this property in Mesa, the Club will continue to explore other potential sites in the East Valley.
“We appreciate the tremendous support that we have received from many communities, elected officials, and community leaders who have expressed their desire to see the Coyotes remain in the Valley permanently. We would also like to thank NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly for their steadfast support of the Club’s efforts to find a permanent arena solution, and for their recognition that Arizona is a tremendous hockey market.
“Our incredibly loyal and passionate fan base is extremely excited about our team and the incredible additions we’ve made this summer including Matt Dumba, Jason Zucker, Alex Kerfoot, Nick Bjugstad, Troy Stecher, Sean Durzi and the top prospect in the world, Logan Cooley. In order to ensure that our fans and fans in waiting can experience “Mullet Magic” and the most exciting environment in the NHL, the Coyotes are very pleased to make available a very limited number of single-game tickets starting this Friday, August 11.
“We will have no further comment at this time.”
The Coyotes finished 27th in the NHL standings in 2022-23 and are set to play at Mullett Arena again for the upcoming season.
Mesa elementary school may be closed until next week due to storm damage
PHOENIX — Tuesday night's storms brought flooding, damage, and power outages to swaths of the Valley, but we're not out of the woods yet.With lots of humidity still in the air, storm chances are going to carry over into Wednesday. Keep an eye out for storm threats such as heavy rainfall, lightning, gusty winds and hail.The storms even forced the closure of Zaharis Elementary School in Mesa on Wednesday. Officials said the campus won't reopen until Tuesday, Sept. 19 due to roof damage. The school may reopen sooner dependin...
PHOENIX — Tuesday night's storms brought flooding, damage, and power outages to swaths of the Valley, but we're not out of the woods yet.
With lots of humidity still in the air, storm chances are going to carry over into Wednesday. Keep an eye out for storm threats such as heavy rainfall, lightning, gusty winds and hail.
The storms even forced the closure of Zaharis Elementary School in Mesa on Wednesday. Officials said the campus won't reopen until Tuesday, Sept. 19 due to roof damage. The school may reopen sooner depending how soon the repairs can be completed.
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And the storms continued into this morning. A severe thunderstorm warning was in place for Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe until 7:15 a.m.
Residents from Goodyear to Mesa were also feeling the weather last night, with several homes suffering from storm damage and downed trees.
Falcon Field airport in Mesa was severely damaged, with multiple hangars shredded by the storm. Several planes at the airport were damaged as well, but there's no estimated cost of damages at this time.
Looking back at the rainfall totals from overnight, the numbers varied across the Valley. Here's a breakdown of where the rain fell.
We'll continue to track the storm chances Wednesday. Stay tuned to 12News for updates.
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Thunderstorms move through Maricopa County
The Arizona RepubicThunderstorms were moving through the Valley on Tuesday night, with the National Weather Service issuing several severe thunderstorm warnings for Maricopa County. Pinal County also was included in the warnings.The weather service also said a strong thunderstorm would impact portions of Maricopa County through 11:15 p.m. Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near New River, moving east at 20 mph, with winds in excess of 40 mph and pea-size hail.Latest weather news:...
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Thunderstorms were moving through the Valley on Tuesday night, with the National Weather Service issuing several severe thunderstorm warnings for Maricopa County. Pinal County also was included in the warnings.
The weather service also said a strong thunderstorm would impact portions of Maricopa County through 11:15 p.m. Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near New River, moving east at 20 mph, with winds in excess of 40 mph and pea-size hail.
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The weather service said conditions were favorable for scattered strong to severe thunderstorm development across south-central Arizona's lower deserts. Winds in excess of 40 mph and half-inch or larger hail would be possible.
Affected areas include Aguila Valley; Apache Junction, Gold Canyon; Buckeye, Avondale; Cave Creek, New River; central La Paz; central Phoenix; Deer Valley; East Valley; Fountain Hills, east Mesa; Gila Bend; Kofa; Mazatzal Mountains; New River Mesa; north Phoenix, Glendale; northwest Pinal County; northwest Valley; Pinal County, Superstition Mountains; Rio Verde, Salt River; Scottsdale, Paradise Valley; Sonoran Desert National Monument; South Mountain, Ahwatukee Foothills; southeast Valley, Queen Creek; Tonopah Desert; west Pinal County.
The West Valley received most of the rainfall, with parts of Buckeye receiving the most at 0.87 inches as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District. Litchfield Park received nearly 0.4 inches of rain while Surprise and Glendale received about 0.35 and 0.24 inches respectively.
Though the West Valley saw most of the precipitation, central Phoenix saw a modest amount at 0.35 inches.
The weather service later warned of a "very dangerous storm" moving through Apache Junction and said parts of east Mesa suffered wind damage at about 9:16 p.m. The agency said the storm included 80 mph winds and penny-sized hail. It urged people in the area to stay indoors and away from windows.
The weather service also issued a flash flood advisory through 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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20+ aircraft were overturned or damaged by Tuesday night's monsoon storm. See the photos
At least 20 aircraft were overturned or damaged by Tuesday night's monsoon storm, according to the City of Mesa.MESA, Ariz. — Mark Torgerson was watching surveillance video during Tuesday night's monsoon storm when the hangar door was torn off the space he leases at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.“The wind was so strong. It just blew it into the door, took it down," Torgerson, the owner of Red Mountain Aircraft Maintenance, said. "And then a couple minutes later, the wind just took the door away.”...
At least 20 aircraft were overturned or damaged by Tuesday night's monsoon storm, according to the City of Mesa.
MESA, Ariz. — Mark Torgerson was watching surveillance video during Tuesday night's monsoon storm when the hangar door was torn off the space he leases at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.
“The wind was so strong. It just blew it into the door, took it down," Torgerson, the owner of Red Mountain Aircraft Maintenance, said. "And then a couple minutes later, the wind just took the door away.”
City of Mesa crews have been assessing the damage from the storm since the sun came up and told 12News it’s extensive.
Across the airport, Venture West Aviation lost power Tuesday night as student pilots were learning on simulators.
“(The instructors) called us in a panic that water was entering through the doors,” Venture West Aviation co-owner David Lines said.
Both businesses told 12News they were able to clean up and get back to work on Wednesday, but others weren’t as lucky.
“The sheer number of planes that are going to be totaled out by insurance. The hangars, the place that we have a lot of maintenance done, it’s completely demolished,” Lines said.
The Precision Avionics hangar lost its entire roof.
About 20 aircraft across the field were overturned or damaged in some way, according to an airport spokesperson.
“Aircraft that were chained down on tight ends were blown and tipped over. We had some aircraft that were inside hangars that got blown out of hangars,” Falcon Field Airport spokesperson Dee Anne Thomas said.
The City of Mesa has had crews on-site cleaning up debris but expects some repairs could take weeks.
“It’s sad, especially for a lot of businesses because obviously, these are what generate us revenue for our business,” Venture West Aviation co-owner Tyler Johnson said. “If you can’t generate revenue, how are you going to be in business?”
The airport is expected to remain operational, but some of the private businesses may temporarily close until repairs are made.
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Google announces $600 million data center coming to Mesa
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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Google is launching its first physical presence in the Valley by building a $600 million data center in Mesa.On Wednesday, the tech giant announced that it’ll bring technical infrastructure to help support the company’s efforts in artificial intelligence and cloud business computing. Google adds that the new data center will help power things like Google Search, Gmail, Maps, Google Cloud, and other products and services. Executives from Google were joined by Gov. Katie Hobbs, Rep. Greg S...
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Google is launching its first physical presence in the Valley by building a $600 million data center in Mesa.
On Wednesday, the tech giant announced that it’ll bring technical infrastructure to help support the company’s efforts in artificial intelligence and cloud business computing. Google adds that the new data center will help power things like Google Search, Gmail, Maps, Google Cloud, and other products and services. Executives from Google were joined by Gov. Katie Hobbs, Rep. Greg Stanton, and Mesa Mayor John Giles.
“Google’s investment in Arizona will be critical for the Mesa community and our state’s economy,” Governor Katie Hobbs said. “Arizona continues to attract global technology leaders due to our skilled workforce, dynamic economy, and focus on innovation. We are proud to welcome Google to Arizona and look forward to the many opportunities this partnership will bring.”
Mesa will be the first city in Arizona to have Google Fiber
As the tech world continues to expand rapidly, Google is adding a Google Cloud region to Phoenix to bring cloud technologies closer to local customers. Those efforts will help deliver digital services faster and more reliably to Arizonans.
“We are proud to put down roots in Arizona with both the data center in Mesa and the Phoenix cloud region,” said Joe Kava, VP of Data Centers at Google. “Not only do data centers help keep digital services up and running for people and businesses, they are economic anchors in the communities where we operate. We are appreciative of the continued partnership with the local leadership across the state.”
Google says that last year, $11.4 billion in economic activity was generated for tens of thousands of Arizona businesses.
What about water use?
The new data center will reportedly use state-of-the-art technology to limit water usage, according to Google’s press release. “This strategy prioritizes minimizing net climate impact and using natural resources responsibly, both today and in the future,” the statement says. “In line with this approach, the Mesa data center will make use of air-cooled technology.” Google also references in commitment to reducing its energy use, adding that since 2017, the company says it has worked to match its energy usage with an equal amount of renewable energy to offset the impact.
Sarah Porter, director of Arizona State University’s Kyl Center for Water Policy, says it won’t hurt farmers and shouldn’t impact the city’s water supply.
“Beyond its operations, Google is committed to improving local watershed health where its office campuses and data centers are located and replenish 120% of the water it consumes, on average,” company officials wrote in the news release. The company recently gave $150,000 to the Salt River Project to help watershed restoration efforts and assist with wildfire risk reduction.
Details on when the data site will be operational haven’t been released. For more information on Google in Arizona, click/tap here.
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