George J. Limberakis, LCMHC, ACAP-EFT, E-RYT 500
After moving from Boston to Utah in 1976 for the skiing, George J. Limberakis earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology (MEd) from the University of Utah in 1985 and has been licensed by the State of Utah as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) since 2002. In addition, George is also certified by the Association For Comprehensive Energy Psychology as an advanced practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques (ACAP-EFT) and by Yoga Alliance as an experienced yoga teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT 500).
Health & Well-Being
George has observed and experienced that health and well-being are derived as a direct result of intention and effort. Our mind/body is a system that requires regular maintenance and upkeep to maintain the free flow of energy that results in optimum health.
“I see the mind/body system, in its healthy state, as a fully integrated system that works to keep energy and information moving freely. The body/mind system functions best when the body is allowed to move and the mind is intentionally managed.”
George’s clinical experience includes treatment for substance abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, addictive/compulsive behaviors, relationship issues, issues related to sexual orientation and more. He, also, enjoys working with people to overcome both personal and professional obstacles to success in the areas of athletics, sales, business, public speaking and dating.
George has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years. He started teaching aerobics in the 1980s (yes, there was some Spandex involved) and has been trained and worked as a personal trainer and, still, as a yoga teacher.
“Getting involved in the fitness industry was a turning point in my life. I developed an appreciation for the multiple benefits to the mind/body of consistently engaging in regular exercise. For me, exercise isn’t just a good idea, it is a critically necessary component of every healthy life. I am deeply appreciative of the balance that my yoga and meditation practices bring to my life.”
George offers to his clients as a guide toward wellness, his S.T.R.E.S.S.S.S.S.S. Formula For Wellness which includes the behaviors that he considers to be the essential components for well-being.
“I recognize the challenge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is, certainly, not an all-or-nothing endeavor. I encourage my patients to do their best to include the basics of self-care in their lives. In order to take on the challenge of therapy, it is important that we be fortified, both physically and mentally. Through the implementation of the basics of self-care, we optimize the body/mind system and better prepare ourselves to take on the challenge of therapy.”
CBT & EFT
George is a practitioner of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a professional orientation that takes both thinking and behavior into consideration. Through observation of the mind, experiencing of emotion and adjusting of behavior, the client can begin to take life in the direction that serves the client best and achieve desired goals.
George has, recently, integrated Emotional Freedom Techniques, a still experimental modality that is considered among the Complementary & Alternative Medicines (CAM). EFT is showing tremendous promise in helping people to discharge long-held emotional energy that causes both psychological and physical distress. The emerging research on trauma (yes, if you’re reading this, you’ve experienced trauma) points to the necessity of employing ways to decrease the activation of the nervous system. That’s what EFT offers.
“CBT is a much researched, more traditional form of therapy that forms the backbone of my mental health practice. I’ve recently added EFT, an emerging, outside-the-box modality that has helped some of my patients move past issues that have caused them a life-time of distress. It took me a while to wrap my mind around the concepts but the results that I’ve seen have convinced me that it will become a widely used modality.”
If you’re interested in a collaborative approach to optimizing your well-being that might be considered on the “holistic” end of the spectrum, call or email George to discuss how to proceed.