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 Williams, 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 Williams, 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 Williams, 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 Williams, 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 Williams, 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 Williams, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
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Former Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams says wife was diagnosed with breast cancer during NBA Playoffs
New Pistons head coach Monty Williams opened up about dealing with a personal matter while coaching the Phoenix Suns at his introductory press conference Tuesday afternoon in Detroit.Williams said his wife, Lisa, was diagnosed with breast cancer during the NBA playoffs.“The reason that I bring it up is to not to talk about my family, but to make it more of an emphasis that women need early detection and testing,” he said. “We had genetic testing done and then scan after scan after scan and then ...
New Pistons head coach Monty Williams opened up about dealing with a personal matter while coaching the Phoenix Suns at his introductory press conference Tuesday afternoon in Detroit.
Williams said his wife, Lisa, was diagnosed with breast cancer during the NBA playoffs.
“The reason that I bring it up is to not to talk about my family, but to make it more of an emphasis that women need early detection and testing,” he said. “We had genetic testing done and then scan after scan after scan and then we found it early and that may have saved my wife’s life and it can save others.”
Williams said that played a major role in the process of taking the job as he thanked Pistons team owner Tom Gores and general manager Troy Weaver for their understanding.
“I had a situation in my family that needed personal attention,” Williams said. “I talked to my wife (Tuesday) about whether we should talk about that publicly, but that was a huge part of my decision making and the patience that Troy and Mr. Gores had with me and with us as we navigated that told me a lot.”
Williams, 51, told Weaver and Gores he couldn’t take the job when initially offered because of his wife’s situation.
“As we navigated all of that, in talking to Troy and telling him, man, I couldn’t right now because I got to take care of my family,” Williams said. “And then we got great news that we would find out about her situation a lot earlier than we thought we would and out of the blue, I got a text from Troy after they had their pow wow about me, which I thought was totally off the table.”
Williams said he was at his kid’s tryout when receiving Weaver’s text. Williams lost his first wife, Ingrid, to a car accident in February 2016.
“All of that was on my plate,” Williams said. “Losing a job, family situation and then being dad, traveling with my kids and doing a few things and out of the blue, I get the text from Troy, and then it went quickly after that.”
The Suns fired Williams after losing Game 6 of the West semifinals to the eventual NBA champion Denver Nuggets by 25 points in Phoenix under new team owner Mat Ishbia.
Williams admitted still having a connection with Phoenix.
“I’ll always look at that as a special place in my history as a coach and as a person,” Williams said. “Before I went to Phoenix, I was viewed a certain way. That experience has allowed for me to be here. So for me to sit here and say that I’ve moved on, that’s just not the case. I love those people there. I’m grateful for what they did for me and my family.”
Williams had just agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Phoenix in July 2022 before being let go within a year after that.
“When you get fired, it doesn’t mean it has to be contentious or there has to be silliness that goes with that,” he said. “I don’t believe that and yet, when somebody shows this kind of confidence in you, it gives you confidence to move forward with them in a cool way. That doesn’t mean that I have to diminish that situation or that organization.”
Detroit hired the 2021-22 NBA Coach of the Year, making him the highest-paid head coach in NBA history with a six-year, $78.5-million deal.
“The thing about Monty, obviously he’s very proven and so on, but Monty is hungry, also,” Gores said. “He’s not resting on his laurels. We discussed that. He’s got a lot to prove. Just feel very fortunate to have Monty on board. We’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s an exciting time for us and a big win.”
The salary certainly played a role in his decision as Williams considered taking off a year from coaching.
“The quick answer is Troy, the players and (pause) the money,” Williams said. “That’s something that we don’t talk about. They always say it wasn’t the money. I always laugh at that. I think that’s disrespectful when somebody is that generous to pay me that kind of money, one, that should be applauded and two, that should be talked about.”
The Pistons are coming off their second-worst season in franchise history at 17-65. They last had a winning record in 2015-16 at 44-38, but Williams likes the talent on the current roster and was amazed to see the entire team attend the press conference other than Bojan Bogdanović.
“It messed me up this morning in the meeting when I found out all you guys were here,” Williams said in his opening statement. “You’ll find out that I get emotional over good stuff like that and I’m so grateful to all of you guys being here and I’m grateful to have dogs like you in the fight with me. I hope you understand that.”
The press conference started more than 30 minutes after its 1:30 p.m. PT scheduled start time, but Williams arrived wearing a suit and sounded eager about the start of his third head coaching run with a team that last made the playoffs in 2019 with a 41-41 record under Dwane Casey.
“I could go and on with the gratitude I have in my heart for this opportunity to be in this position,” Williams said. “Across the board, everybody here has embraced me and made me feel like I’ve been here for a while and I thank you for that. This is a true blessing for me and my family and we will make you proud.”
Mark Bryant and Jarrett Jack attended the press conference as they were assistants under Williams in Phoenix. Williams said former Rockets head coach and longtime NBA assistant coach Stephen Silas will be his lead assistant.
“I think he’s someone that will call me up when I get off track,” Williams said about Silas. “I think he’s somebody that can relate to the loneliness of the head coaching position and so he’ll be somebody that I lean on for a lot along with the other members on the staff.”
The Suns hired Williams in May 2019 to turn around a team that had their second-worst season in franchise history at 19-63 in 2018-19 and hadn’t made the playoffs since 2010.
He proceeded to coach them to the 2021 finals off the momentum of an 8-0 bubble run in his first year in Phoenix. The Suns then posted their best record in franchise history at 64-18 in 2021-22, but they fell to the Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals by 33 points.
Phoenix entered this year’s postseason a fourth seed, but one of the favorites to win a championship after trading for Kevin Durant right before the Feb. 9 deadline. The Suns instead lost to eventual NBA champion Denver in the West semifinals, dropping elimination Game 6 at home by 25 points. The No. 1-seeded Nuggets were up 81-51 at halftime.
Williams compiled a 194-115 record in his four seasons in Phoenix. The Suns reached the playoffs their last three seasons under him, but went 0-3 in playoff elimination games, losing the last two to Dallas and Denver at home before sellout crowds at Footprint Center by a combined total of 58 points.
So, Williams has great success in Phoenix, but fell short of winning a championship after expectations were raised following the run to the 2021 finals and acquiring Durant during the 2022-23 season.
The Suns traded Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first round picks and a pick swap to Brooklyn for T.J. Warren and Durant midseason.
Train full of new cars, vans derails east of Williams, authorities say
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Traffic is moving again after a freight train carrying cars and vans derailed late Wednesday east of Williams and west of Garland Prairie Road, according to Coconino County Emergency Management."BNSF Railway can confirm that at approximately 11:20 pm on June 7th, approximately 20 automobile cars derailed in Williams, AZ (35 miles west of Flagstaff, AZ)," a spokesperson for the freight railroad company to...
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Traffic is moving again after a freight train carrying cars and vans derailed late Wednesday east of Williams and west of Garland Prairie Road, according to Coconino County Emergency Management.
"BNSF Railway can confirm that at approximately 11:20 pm on June 7th, approximately 20 automobile cars derailed in Williams, AZ (35 miles west of Flagstaff, AZ)," a spokesperson for the freight railroad company told 12News. "No injuries or hazmat involved. Cause is under investigation."
Department of Transportation authorities dispatched an inspector to the scene but do not have any further information.
A spokesperson for Amtrak said Southwest Chief Trains departing Los Angeles and Chicago on Thursday were canceled in their entirety in both directions. Amtrak is adding additional cars to the Southwest Chief departing Friday in anticipation of increased demand.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it won't be investigating the derailment.
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Williams, Arizona: The Gateway to The Grand Canyon
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Arizona Cardinals release TE Maxx Williams
Arizona Cardinals veteran tight end Maxx Williams was cut by the team Friday without a corresponding move announced.Williams appeared in the first four games of the year but topped out at 23 snaps this past Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Williams, a blocking specialist, did not record a catch.“Maxx is banged up right now and we’re just trying to get him to a point where he can practice and get healthier,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Frida...
Arizona Cardinals veteran tight end Maxx Williams was cut by the team Friday without a corresponding move announced.
Williams appeared in the first four games of the year but topped out at 23 snaps this past Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Williams, a blocking specialist, did not record a catch.
“Maxx is banged up right now and we’re just trying to get him to a point where he can practice and get healthier,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Friday.
“There’s nobody that we all respect and love more than Maxx. He’s a tremendous guy, a great teammate, obviously been a great part of this organization,” he added. “His whole thing is we just got to get him healthy and ready to play and get that ankle some flexibility and the knee to be able to work in a productive manner for him to get back out there on the field, so we’ll see moving forward.”
However, the GM left the door open for a possible return to the team for Williams.
“We’d like to keep him around for sure,” Keim said. “You have that opportunity with the practice squad and some other opportunities, but he’s such a quality human being. I can’t say enough good things about him.”
The departure leaves the Cardinals with three tight ends on the 53-man roster: Zach Ertz, Trey McBride and Stephen Anderson.
McBride, a rookie second-round pick, was buried on the bench during the first three games but saw a significant uptick in action this past week, playing 32 snaps (42% of those available) and making three catches for 24 yards.
“I think it’s a huge vote of confidence,” Keim said of McBride. “Obviously with Trey McBride stepping up and really coming on, I think that really put us in a position where we’re going to have to get more out of him and use him more obviously in the passing game and some of the stuff Maxx did in the run game as well.
“I think Trey has earned that right to be out there catching passes,” he added.
Ertz remains heavily involved, as he sits second on the team in receptions (22) and targets (31).
Heading into a Week 5 home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the tight end is also third on the team with 181 receiving yards — behind receivers Marquise Brown and Greg Dortch.
Williams entered the year active but was coming off a significant knee injury suffered last season.
The 28-year-old had been with the Cardinals since 2019 and has 39 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns in 34 games.
Williams at sewer capacity; city council to implement building moratorium
WILLIAMS Ariz. — Those looking to build a new home or business in Williams may have to wait.The Williams City Council announced at its meeting May 11 that a building moratorium was needed while the city undertakes construction of a new water treatment plant. While the building moratorium has not been put in place yet, the city is consulting with its attorney and a specialist to determine how and when to do so.How did we get here? According to Mayor Don Dent, the city’s treatment plant is oper...
WILLIAMS Ariz. — Those looking to build a new home or business in Williams may have to wait.
The Williams City Council announced at its meeting May 11 that a building moratorium was needed while the city undertakes construction of a new water treatment plant. While the building moratorium has not been put in place yet, the city is consulting with its attorney and a specialist to determine how and when to do so.
How did we get here?
According to Mayor Don Dent, the city’s treatment plant is operating around 92 percent capacity. And while no one was excited to quell the city’s growth, each councilmember agreed that a moratorium was needed while the sewer capacity issues are addressed.
“I don’t think there’s any way around it, other than to do this,” said Vice Mayor Frank McNelly. “We’re just maxed out. We’ve got to stop building anything that will have an impact on our sewer system.”
When the city built the treatment plant 14 years ago, they were planning for a 30-year solution. No one was expecting a need for an upgrade in the middle of the facility’s lifespan.
To ensure that a new plant was needed, the city looked into whether inflows from an extremely snowy winter were causing a surge in capacity, as would be expected. They found out, however, that the plant was already operating around 90 percent when no inflow events were present.
“We had days in the fall when we were measured in the 90 to 95 percent range when there wasn’t really much inflow,” he said. “The inflows are part of the problem, but they’re not the whole problem. The fact is we’re just at capacity.”
“Back when it was built, our building permits averaged somewhere around 20 to 25 building permits per year, some years less than 10,” Dent said. “Now for the last three years in a row, we’re getting over 90 new permits. We’ve got to put a stop to it because we will go over our capacity and we will be in trouble with ADEQ.”
Dent said the city wanted to avoid the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s involvement because it meant that sewer rates would likely be raised, putting the onus on residents to help pay for a new solution.
The council is also currently researching ways to pay for the new plant, which would be built right alongside the old plant and would double its capacity. But since the city just recently took out a bond for two new water lines, it doesn’t currently have the ability to secure a new bond for the upgrade, which could cost anywhere from $35 to $40 million.
“We know right now that unless we do a lot of changes to sewer rates, we don’t have the financial capacity to borrow 40 million dollars,” Dent said.
Planned homes and approved permits
Some residents, like Jerry Anthony, raised concerns about anticipated homes that hadn’t been approved by the city yet, but were planning to submit building permit application in the near future. If they’re not approved by the time the moratorium goes into effect, they’ll be waiting at least three or four years to begin the process.
“I live in the Escalante subdivision, and we’ve got some homes planned there that haven’t received permits yet,” Anthony said. “We want to build out. It helps raise our property value and the town’s tax base. We’re hoping to have three to four more starts by fall.”
Councilmember Mike Cowan said that permits already approved by the city should be honored, which means some new builds will likely be grandfathered in. Now that the moratorium is on the table, he said he expects the city to get an influx of new permit applications in anticipation of gaining approval before it’s imposed. He also pointed out that building moratoriums aren’t new to Williams.
“A few years ago when we were in that drought, we had a moratorium on building because we didn’t have the water,” said Cowan. “Now we’re on the opposite end of that. We have the water but not the sewer capacity.”
While new homes or businesses likely won’t be approved any time soon, McNelly said not all building had to stop. Garages, additions and anything that won’t impact the sewer system can still go forward.