Who We Are?
Lotus Wellness Center offers a wide range of services relating to health and wellness to the Northwest Suburbs (Palatine, Barrington, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich & surrounding areas). Learn more about our specialized approach, talented staff and the benefits of turning to us for your health and wellness needs. Browse through our website to find out how we can put you on a healthy path for life. All aspects of one’s life must be addressed if one is to be thoroughly treated..
OUR ELITE TEAM OF WELLNESS PRACTITIONERS
Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotherapist
Liana Gerdov, CHT, LCPC, PSY.D.
Do you feel stuck and unable to move forward? Are you feeling lost/lonely/unfulfilled in the world? Do you have trouble communicating your needs/expectations to others? Do your symptoms prevent you from having the life you want? Liana aims to create a safe, non-biased space, and guide you to the roots of your issues, assist you in gaining a better understanding of self, provide you with appropriate coping skills, and foster insights that will help you make appropriate decisions and actions in your life.
Liana is a Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotherapist, Meditation instructor and a Reiki Master Practitioner. She incorporates traditional psychotherapy with integrative holistic methods such as clinical/spiritual hypnotherapy, mindfulness meditation, life coaching, and Reiki & chakra energy healing whenever appropriate. She has significant experience working with teens and adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, women’s issues, substance abuse, self-esteem, weight loss, smoking cessation, grief/loss, chronic pain and sleep disorders. She also works with couples and families to provide effective tools for communication, blended families, parenting, and life coaching.
LEO GERDOV D.C.
Leo focuses on chiropractic care, massage, light therapy, cupping, and other techniques that aid in balancing the neuromuscular system and in doing so, improves a person’s ability to overcome psychological obstacles. Integrative healthcare is a priority for him and he often works with providers of medical care in a prompt and professional manner in order to coordinate and provide the best quality care to his patients.
Dr. Leo Gerdov holds a B.S. in Biology from Benedictine University as well as a Doctorate in Chiropractic from National University of Health Sciences. He specializes in musculoskeletal injuries of acute and chronic nature. He has a third-degree black belt in Shorei-Ryu karate and holds community lectures on a variety of health-related topics.
Chiropractic and massage aids in balancing the neuromuscular system and in doing so, improves the patient’s ability to overcome psychological obstacles. Integrative healthcare is a priority for him and he often works with providers of medical care in a prompt and professional manner in order to coordinate and provide the best quality care to his patients.
He treats a variety of ailments including sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder and foot injuries. Dr. Gerdov also assists patients with nutritional counseling in order to implement a holistic wellness approach.
Samantha Marszalec, MA, MSW.
As a therapist, Samantha is dedicated to assisting clients on their journey to gain deeper insight into their lives in order to cultivate empowerment, self growth and healing.
She enjoys working with individuals, groups and families who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, college related issues, poor boundaries, self esteem, life transitions, women’s and men’s issues, trauma-related difficulties and identity issues. She adjusts her approach to therapy based on each individual client’s needs. She is particularly grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which aims to uncover how thoughts influence emotions and behaviors, challenge negative thought patterns and implement healthy coping skills. She integrates concepts from psychodynamic theory and attachment theory in order to help clients gain awareness on how our early experiences impact our current situations. Furthermore, she uses mindfulness interventions to help clients reduce stress and live in the present moment.
Samantha believes in building a collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients based on empathy, trust, and authenticity. She offers a calm and warm presence and strongly values creating a nonjudgmental safe haven where clients feel comfortable being open about troubling issues. She approaches therapy with genuineness, patience and compassion.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
DEISY RODRIGUEZ, MA, LPC
The challenges of our lives can be quite overwhelming and taking the first step to healing is the most important one. I honor your choice to make a positive change and move in a healthy direction in your life. My work at Lotus Wellness Center is centered around providing an empathetic, nurturing and beneficial therapeutic relationship and a safe environment for all my clients. I utilize a personalized, evidence-based approach using traditional counseling methods as well as breath work, progressive muscle relaxation and visualization to support the mind, body and spirit. I work with individuals of different age groups including children and can provide services in Spanish and English. I look forward to working with you on your goals.
Licensed Professional Counselor
JENNA XAVIER, MA, NCC, LPC
Jenna is a clinical mental health counseling associate who is eager to journey with clients to meet therapy goals and increase overall life satisfaction, wellness, and holistic health. She aims to equip clients with practical tools they can use to direct their own growth and personal development in the years to come following treatment. While utilizing a variety of techniques and approaches based on individual client needs, her treatment orientation is grounded in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Adlerian Therapy while incorporating Mindfulness-based approaches. Throughout the counseling process, it is her desire to cultivate an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance where genuineness and understanding bring about renewal and holistic wellness.
Her specialty treatment focus is: anxiety, depression, adjustment/life-cycle transition issues, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, women’s issues, and work-life balance struggles.
Licensed Professional Counselor, Hypnotherapist
BRANDY HANSON, SCH. CO., CHT, LPC
Choosing a therapist can be a difficult task, especially when you need one the most. She values the therapeutic relationship and brings forth patience, guidance, empathy and understanding in order to help you as you begin to experience success, joy and happiness in your life.
Brandy enjoys working with individuals, children, teens, college students, young adults and families on a variety of presenting concerns, such as anxiety & depression, self-esteem, motivation, school performance/test anxiety, parenting effectively, transitioning young adults into adulthood and the world of work, mid-life transitions, finding purpose and meaning, uncovering what’s next, women’s issues, and infertility.
Her goal in therapy is always to guide and empower you to overcome whatever challenges you are facing today. Together, we will create a clear pathway to the kind of life you want to live. Brandy utilizes different therapeutic methods based on your needs and preferences, from traditional psychotherapy, stress reduction/relaxation, life coaching to hypnotherapy. In the session, she calls on a lifetime of experiences to bring forth the skill set to best serve your needs. That includes over 24 years of experience as a therapist, school counselor, hypnotherapist, corporate management professional, wife, mother, parent, etc.
Mental Health Associate
MARISA DIBENNARDI, MA, NCC
Marisa is a mental health associate with an educational and professional background rooted in humanistic and existential counseling. With these ideologies, Marisa helps clients identify what is most important to them in the grand scheme of life, and encourages independence, self-discovery, and a positive counseling relationship. Marisa also utilizes cognitive behavioral modalities to help clients conceptualize their own progress.
Marisa has formal training and experience with clients working through depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use recovery, obsessive-compulsive disorders and trauma. She also has extensive experience with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and a background in psychology and biology. She offers a welcoming, safe space for all racial, gender, and cultural identities. Marisa firmly believes that a holistic approach to mental health includes the mind and the body and views the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative approach which includes meeting a client where they are at in their journey.
ICF Accredited Holistic Career and Life Coach
SHATZI NIKOLAI, MSSCM, MBA
“The most important relationship in our life, is the one we hold with ourselves.” – Diane Von F.
We are all going through unexpected changes in our life. Sometimes painful and challenging events can force us to stop for a moment and look around to see what direction our life is going. But during those challenges, we often become stuck and unable to see the vision of our future selves unfold.
If you wish to explore your personal strength and reconnect with your soul energy, to make significant improvements and changes, and achieve goals tuned into your life purpose…together, we can explore what held you back in the past, shift negative patterns, open blocks in your energy body and connect the pieces for your true purpose and highest potential to flourish.
When you start listening to your higher self and intuition and start naturally shift towards what your soul really wants, there you can find your true happiness of regaining full power over your life.
I have over 16 years of international corporate experience, where I climbed the corporate ladder for years to reach the upper management positions. After receiving my master’s degree in business and supply chain management, I had a chance to manage teams as well as departments for the two top market leading companies in healthcare and food industry. After leaving corporate world and overcoming soul transforming personal struggles in my own life, I found my true purpose by helping others to find their own way to walk the walk, to reach their own happiness.
The lessons from my own awakening and healing, have shaped into a soul purpose working with adults who are at the beginning of their soul journey, and ready to leave behind their low self-esteem, worries, fears, private or work related toxic relationships, who are struggling with their chosen career and ready to change and who would like to start their soul healing journey.
There is no one-size-fits all approach. Sessions are unique and customized according to your needs. They can be solution-focused and targeted your unique challenges, barriers, and problems and an option to include holistic tools such as: aromatherapy, herbalism, mindfulness meditation, breathwork, chakra energy balancing and healing, guided visualization, EFT and NLP techniques.
Mental Health Associate
JASON MARAVELIAS, MA, NCC
I believe anyone can tap into their own strengths and gifts to heal from within. Often, our earlier life experiences impact us throughout our lifespan. They influence relationships, patterns of behavior, interactional styles, choices and decisions and life path. My goal is to help you explore, process, and integrate unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior. In addition, to help you feel empowered, compassionate towards yourself, and to gain strength by learning new healthy ways to regulate your emotions, communicate with others, and to stand firm in decisions that you hold valuable.
In addition to a traditional psychology background (Adlerian, CBT, DBT, ACT), I am passionate about utilizing alternative healing backgrounds. I am passionate about utilizing alternative healing techniques such as therapeutic yoga, creative visualization, and energy psychology practices when clients are open to it.
I believe in a welcoming and safe environment for all racial, gender, and cultural identities. I am an LGBTQIA advocate, believing that every individual deserves the rights and freedoms in the greater society. As an eclectic practitioner, I employ multiple theories, techniques, and modalities to find the right fit to accomplish what will help you succeed.
Mental Health Associate
ALYSSA RAICHE-SALEK, MA, NCC
I am a firm believer that by embracing our vulnerabilities, our strengths are uncovered. Allow me the privilege of helping you on your journey.
I am a clinical mental health counseling associate. My background in counseling and communication has prepared me to conduct individual, couples, family, and group counseling with children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working with couples on resolving relationship stuck points such as communication trouble and trust issues in addition to working with adolescents and adults to combat anxious and depressive feelings and symptoms.My individual counseling style is grounded in psychodynamic theory, which focuses on unconscious drives and how the past influences the present. Additionally, I use a variety of interventions to meet each client’s individual goals including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) interventions, somatic experience interventions, and mindfulness interventions.
I view counseling as a process in which client and counselor form a partnership to help initiate and maintain healing, positive change, and growth. This partnership is built on mutual trust, openness, communication, and respect. I am dedicated to providing each client with a comfortable, safe, and confidential space for sessions, bringing the best of my education and training, and listening to each client with an open mind and open heart.