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 Oro Valley, 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 Oro Valley, 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 Oro Valley, 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 Oro Valley, 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 Oro Valley, 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 Oro Valley, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
Latest News in Oro Valley, AZ
BEAR SIGHTING: Arizona Game and Fish trying to locate bear in Oro Valley
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A warning out for folks who live in Oro Valley: Arizona Game and Fish says a bear has been spotted several times in the area, including right on people’s doorsteps.They’re working to find the bear so they can relocate it, but they need your help.Wednesday, the bear was spotted in a neighborhood off of Oracle and Ina.Jerry Quesnel lives in the area.“We were surprised, taken back, shocked, because nobody expects to have a bear walk across their porch in Tucson,”...
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A warning out for folks who live in Oro Valley: Arizona Game and Fish says a bear has been spotted several times in the area, including right on people’s doorsteps.
They’re working to find the bear so they can relocate it, but they need your help.
Wednesday, the bear was spotted in a neighborhood off of Oracle and Ina.
Jerry Quesnel lives in the area.
“We were surprised, taken back, shocked, because nobody expects to have a bear walk across their porch in Tucson,” he said.
Quesnel couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a bear walking just outside of his home in the middle of the day. He’s lived in the area for more than 30 years and he’s seen all kinds of wildlife, but never a bear.
In the video, the bear makes its way across the property. It passes a fruit tree and walks right up to the camera. Quesnel says it also visited several of his neighbors.
“Why was it here? it’s hot. there’s been plenty of rain so why isn’t it up in the mountains where they normally hang out?” he asked.
That’s what many people are asking. We saw a number of bear sightings back in May, but Arizona Game and Fish expected the bears to return to their natural habitat once monsoon hit.
“It is unusual, but if it’s a young bear it may be just separated from its mother and learning new territory. those bears typically get into more trouble than not when they’re wondering about,” Mark Hart said.
Hart says there’s a possibility this bear could be the same one that was spotted at Fort Lowell Park in May. He estimates that it’s a two to three year old black bear.
“He hasn’t done anything dangerous per se, he hasn’t menaced anyone or stood on his hind legs, huffed or done any of the tell tale signs of an immanent attack. It’s just looking for resources and probably learned from its last time in Tucson that there are food sources to be had,” he said.
Hart says the bear hasn’t shown that it’s dangerous yet, but wild animals are unpredictable. Game and Fish is asking people in the area to do what they can to keep the bear away from their homes.
″Make sure you’ve left no pet food outside. Then if you have fruit fallen trees, pick it up. Take down your bird feeder, even take down your hummingbird feeders cause bears love hummingbird nectar,” he said.
And if you have trash pick up, don’t put your trashcans out for pickup until the day of.
Right now, Game and Fish’s goal is to locate the bear so they can tranquilize it and move it out of the area.
They are asking for the public’s help. If you see the bear, you’re asked to call them as soon as possible at 623-236-7201.
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Wildife gate and fence complete in Oro Valley
Oro Valley resident Patricia Miller was concerned about a letter she received from the Regional Transportation Authority back in April 2016, explaining that an 8-foot tall gate would be attached to the back of her home and wrap around her neighborhood.“Potentially it would’ve looked horrible because none of us liked the wildlife gates that we have going up and down Oracle and we didn’t want that attached to our homes,” Miller said.Quickly, she organized other concerned residents to brainstorm other alter...
Oro Valley resident Patricia Miller was concerned about a letter she received from the Regional Transportation Authority back in April 2016, explaining that an 8-foot tall gate would be attached to the back of her home and wrap around her neighborhood.
“Potentially it would’ve looked horrible because none of us liked the wildlife gates that we have going up and down Oracle and we didn’t want that attached to our homes,” Miller said.
Quickly, she organized other concerned residents to brainstorm other alternatives. After going back and forth with the RTA, the Town of Oro Valley, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, and the Homeowners Association, a neighbor suggested folding gates.
“I think they turned out beautiful, I haven’t heard any complaints,” Miller said.
On Wednesday, April 19, The Town of Oro Valley celebrated the completion of the State Route 77 wildlife gate and fence project. Seven years after the project initially broke ground. It was the first of its kind in the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona.
The final product is located on the west side of SR 77 at Scenic Overlook Place.
Colin Beach with the Arizona Game and Fish Department said that although the wildlife bridge crossings have been in place for over five years, the wildlife has still been adjusting to the structures. The fence completion initiates year zero.
“We’ve got cameras at the crossing structures and we’ll do some roadkill surveys out here along this stretch out front and just see how things have changed over time and see if we see reductions in roadkill, increases in wildlife species in numbers,” Beach said.
Beach said that 25 species have been caught on camera including mule deer, javelina, bobcat, and mountain lions. In all well over 5,000 animals have crossed since monitoring began in April 2016.
Executive director of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection said that a big part of the project was erecting game fencing that would funnel wildlife to the overpass and underpass.
“Because of what we have here in the Sonoran Desert in Pima County, we have the most beautiful preserved parks right at the edge of development,” Campbell said. “And that’s of course where conflicts start.”
Oro Valley Opinion: Prop 412 is a tragic mistake
Rick Rappaport Special to the Arizona Daily Starhttps://tucson.com/opinion/local/oro-valley-opinion-prop-412-is-a-tragic-mistake/article_bd805754-d7e0-11ed-b1a0-631f744c825a.html
The following is the opinion and analysis of the writers:Tucson can be proud to have thoughtful, caring and smart Council members, along with an outstanding, compassionate leader in Mayor Romero. But even the best and brightest can make mistakes.And they have made a doozy with their rushed (effectively zero public comment); under-informed (nationwide, other municipalities have successfully negotiated side agreements to their utility franchise agreements legally committing their utilities to putting meaningful dollars i...
The following is the opinion and analysis of the writers:
Tucson can be proud to have thoughtful, caring and smart Council members, along with an outstanding, compassionate leader in Mayor Romero. But even the best and brightest can make mistakes.
And they have made a doozy with their rushed (effectively zero public comment); under-informed (nationwide, other municipalities have successfully negotiated side agreements to their utility franchise agreements legally committing their utilities to putting meaningful dollars into climate action plans); and potentially catastrophic approval of the franchise agreement between the City and Tucson Electric Power (25 more years of TEP burning climate-disastrous fossil fuels while continuing its current 20-year track record of empty promises on renewable energy.)
Ordinarily, these kinds of boring, technical agreements generate scant public attention, and the required voter approval is a no-brainer. But not anymore. Not when the region’s biggest belcher of greenhouse gases wants another 25 years to enrich their shareholders at the expense of cleaner air and the region’s dwindling water supply. And charge everyone everywhere all at once for what mostly benefits a few special interest groups.
The City has only itself to blame for this mess. TEP took supreme advantage of a set of circumstances that put the City in a bind—and set itself up as the White Knight, spreading the franchise agreement like a coat across a very muddy puddle so the City could walk across and not get its feet wet.
What we’re seeing is a Tragedy in Three Acts.
Act One. Enter the University of Arizona with righteous climate goals of 100% renewable energy. Problem: not enough electrical capacity. Solution: Build out two miles of high-voltage transmission lines to UA’s doorstep through the Sam Hughes neighborhood.
Act Two. Enter neighborhoods. Not at all happy about their sight lines. They organize and pressure the City. Charter says to underground lines in view corridors (but says nothing about how to pay for it). Sam Hughes is in a view corridor. Cost: $45 million to underground, but only $1.8 million to put on poles. Who cares? City will write checks. UA happy, Sam Hughes happy. (UA deafening silence about kicking in any dough and potentially even bigger City money worries as many more neighborhoods would also qualify as view corridors.)
Act Three. Enter Tucson Electric Power. “Hey, City, we can help.” Just sign on the dotted line right now (the current franchise agreement doesn’t really end until April 26, 2027) and we’ll get you the undergrounding money! No, we’ll put nothing in writing about money to put real meaningful dollars into your Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, but here’s a letter of righteous intent from our CEO. We won’t do Jack to help with undergrounding or quickly move on midtown’s deteriorating electrical infrastructure unless you immediately approve this new franchise agreement and get it to a public vote.
Epilogue. There won’t be a sad one if you vote “no” on Prop 412. You’re going to be paying higher rates that benefit a select few. There’s only a pitiful amount of money in it to fight the climate disaster Tucson faces and fully acknowledges in the City’s climate plan. And if you vote “yes” there will be no/zero/nada leverage to bring TEP to the climate mitigation bargaining table for any parallel agreement that could legally obligate them to change their energy mix.
TEP isn’t the bad guy here and really neither is the City. TEP is just doing what its corporate charter requires: make as much money as legally possible.
The only temporary solution here is to vote “no” on 412 and rethink this whole idea of undergrounding.
What about making those two miles of poles (14 or so) into a City attraction of art by, as Judith Anderson, a member of the Tucson Climate Coalition, suggested, acknowledging Tucson’s cultural heritages: the Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, Latino, Black and more, creating a different kind of view corridor on those poles? Just a thought.
Construction on huge senior community in Oro Valley resumes
Five years after construction of a major senior living community in Oro Valley abruptly halted due to a labor shortage, the project is once again underway.La Posada Communities, which has an existing community in Green Valley, recently broke ground on La Posada at Pusch Ridge, on First Avenue and Lambert Lane, west of Oracle Road.Originally called ...
Five years after construction of a major senior living community in Oro Valley abruptly halted due to a labor shortage, the project is once again underway.
La Posada Communities, which has an existing community in Green Valley, recently broke ground on La Posada at Pusch Ridge, on First Avenue and Lambert Lane, west of Oracle Road.
Originally called Nakoma Sky, more than 200 independent and assisted-living units were planned.
“Our board paused the project in 2018 due to the high volume of projects under construction in Pima County and Phoenix, which created a lack of subcontractor availability,” said Joni Condit, president and CEO of La Posada. “When the board and senior management determined to restart the project ... we chose to break the project into phases to streamline the process.”
The first phase will be 166 apartments ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,900 square feet.
Amenities to be built in the first phase include two dining venues, a bar, library, fitness and art studios and a spa.
Condit said about half of the apartments have already been leased by future residents.
As for pricing, Condit said, “La Posada at Pusch Ridge is a life-plan community which has an entrance fee deposit and a life lease. The monthly service fee covers their apartment, flexible dining program, housekeeping services, maintenance, wellness services, and many activities.”
She did not provide specific numbers.
More information can be requested by future residents at laposadapuschridge.org
La Posada’s “life lease” is included with the entrance fee and deposit provides lifetime access to all amenities, activities and services.
Much of the site work has been completed on the 80-acre parcel and the construction timeline is about 30 months with an anticipated move-in by mid-2025.
Gensler Architects designed the community to center around a common gathering area and construction will be steel frame and concrete for better sound buffering, durability and termite resistance, Condit said.
“Sundt Construction self performs its major concrete work, helping them to control their schedule,” she said of the general contractor.
“We are off to a good start on the construction of our second campus, with an opportunity to offer a new and wonderful lifestyle option for the residents of the Oro Valley area,” said Simon Davis, chair of the La Posada board of trustees.
Demand for senior living communities — independent living, assisted living and memory care — continues to be strong across the country.
The biggest demand is for assisted living and the occupancy rate of such units around the U.S. is at nearly 90%, according to NIC MAP Vision, which researches senior housing data for investors, developers, health care providers and other industry stakeholders.
Since March 2021, the pace of move-ins exceeded move-outs in all three categories.
Mild rain showers cover the Valley; Snow falls in northern, southern Arizona
PHOENIX — Light rain showers covered the Valley overnight and snow fell in northern Arizona and Tucson in the latest winter storm.The widespread storm saw rain gauges across the Phoenix area record an average of just over a tenth of an inch of rain by the early morning, the National Weather Service said.Rain gauges in Mesa and Apache Junction captured the highest amount of rain, with over half of an inch recorded by 10 ...
PHOENIX — Light rain showers covered the Valley overnight and snow fell in northern Arizona and Tucson in the latest winter storm.
The widespread storm saw rain gauges across the Phoenix area record an average of just over a tenth of an inch of rain by the early morning, the National Weather Service said.
Rain gauges in Mesa and Apache Junction captured the highest amount of rain, with over half of an inch recorded by 10 a.m., according to the Flood Control District of Maricopa County.
Parts of Queen Creek and Gold Canyon recorded just under half an inch of rain, while areas in Chandler and Fountain Hills saw over a quarter of an inch.
Some residents near Scottsdale and Anthem even saw hail.
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) February 26, 2023
In northern Arizona, snow showers were expected to continue through the afternoon.
Only one highway, US 180 between mileposts 236-248, was closed due to blowing and drifting snow along with high winds, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow could fall in areas higher than 4,000 feet.
Snow was also seen in southern Arizona, north of Tucson in Oro Valley.
— Res-Q Life (@ResQLife1) February 26, 2023
Here is a look at the CDO at Edwin Road in Catalina (Elev 3100 feet). The flakes are starting to fly with a light dusting so far. Snow levels could briefly get down to as low as 2500 feet (including parts of Tucson Metro) but no accumulation below 3000 feet. #azwx pic.twitter.com/hb3bnnrDMY
— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) February 26, 2023
NWS said areas as low as 2,500 feet could see brief snow levels, with minor accumulations of up to a couple of inches in parts above 3,000 feet in southern Arizona.
Drivers were advised to be prepared for extra travel time during extreme weather conditions. Travelers should also track the forecast and pack an emergency travel kit before hitting the roads.