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.
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.
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.
Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Hypnotherapist
ALYSSA RAICHE-SALEK, MA, LPC, NCC, CHT
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.
Mental Health Associate
Haley Bogdan MA, NCC, CCHt
Are you looking for more balance in your life? Do you feel stuck? Do you want to understand why that is and what you can do about it? I specialize in working with adults who suffer from depression and anxiety and utilize therapeutic tools such as CBT, Existential theory, Motivational Interviewing & Psychodynamic as well as hypnosis to help you break through your old patterns and start a new chapter in your life. I recommend both traditional and non-traditional approaches to healing one’s mind, body, and soul. I intuitively and systematically work on helping you find the root cause of any concern that you may have by using a holistic approach in therapy to bring balance and peace to your life.
If you have ever felt perplexed about your life decisions or looking for guidance on what to do next I will guide you on your journey and help you find your path.
My own spiritual experiences have given me a profound insight into understanding the patterns in my current life and awakened an emotional realization of my true identity. These practices are my passion and together with my clinical knowledge help me guide clients past obstacles and towards an independent and fulfilling life. I use PLR, hypnotherapy, Journeying, Reiki, along with other modalities to help my clients heal the body, mind, and spirit. My goal is to bring harmony, happiness and to empower my clients.
Emma Kane, MA, NCC, LPC
National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
Emma Kane, Mental Health Associate
So many of us are surrounded by the “shoulds” of life and strive to live up to that perfect image, stuck in old beliefs or unrealistic expectations. This fosters feelings of isolation, being stuck or lost on our journeys. My goal is to help you uncover the stuck points, barriers and blocks; to help you navigate your relationships, goals; and to help process aspects of the past to propel you forward in life. When you are ready to take your first steps to overcome the challenges and gain empowerment, self-confidence and growth, I will be right behind you on your healing journey.
I use evidence based approaches while adjusting to your particular needs. In particular, I utilize techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, emotion focused therapies, narrative and family systems theories, solution-focused and strength based therapy, and trauma informed care.
My areas of focus include anxiety and stress management, coping skills, depression and mood states, life transitions and interpersonal/relationship issues including attachment and communication, trauma and PTSD, and sports performance.
I believe that trust, acceptance, and authenticity in working with clients is of the utmost importance. I want clients to feel safe and allow them the space to learn and grow. I look forward to helping you start your healing journey!
Emily Dohm, LCSW
I specialize in helping individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I also have a passion for working with individuals dealing with chronic illness and other health related issues. I will empower you to find, and build on, your own strengths to make long lasting changes in your life. Together we will increase your happiness, health, and wellbeing.
With over 14 years of experience in the mental health field, I have worked with clients of different ages and backgrounds. My role is to not only listen to my clients, but to facilitate problem-solving, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. I believe in creating individualized strategies to help you achieve personal growth and increase your quality of life.
I use a whole person (biological, psychological, social, and spiritual) approach with my clients and also draw from psychodynamic and CBT treatment models as well as mindfulness techniques. I have a warm and compassionate attitude and believe in building a caring and collaborative relationship with my clients. My goal is not to challenge or judge a clients’ feelings, but to work on what you need to feel better.
MA, NCC, LCPC
While providing a calm, supportive, and welcoming space with empathy, genuineness, and a sprinkle of humor, I focus on helping people navigate life transitions, engage in stress management, process trauma, and learn to manage and lessen depression and anxiety symptoms. Difficult life experiences are inevitable, but I believe that we are all capable of learning to successfully navigate the obstacles we are presented with and are able to overcome the emotional and physical responses to the challenges thrown our way. My primary approaches to therapy include Person-Centered Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have over 12 years of experience working with diverse populations on various presenting concerns. I have helped adults learn to manage and lessen anxiety and depression, overcome trauma, improve relationships, increase self-esteem, improve overall life satisfaction, reach self-identified goals, and successfully grieve loss of all kinds. Let’s work together to see what is most effective in order to live your best life.
MA, NCC, LCPC
Trauma and other life experiences can be overwhelming to handle on your own. These experiences can feel lonely and isolating. It is important for me to remind my clients that they are not alone in their therapeutic journey. I strive to support clients who have experienced trauma, who have been in domestic violence relationships, who have experienced sexual abuse, who have experienced religious trauma, are veterans, are suffering from PTSD or any other client who simply needs to be heard. I have completed the 40hour domestic violence training, level 2 Reiki practitioner, and trainings in emotionally focused therapy and sex-positive counseling. Additionally, I work with members of the LGBTQIA+ population and am a kink-affirming therapist. My goal is to create a supportive space to work on topics that can be uncomfortable.
Everyone’s therapeutic journey is different. I want to empower my clients to recognize
their own resiliency. Everyone is an expert in their own story. I would appreciate the opportunity to get to know your story and to walk alongside and guide you on your therapeutic journey.
MSW, LSW, CADC
I support individuals in areas of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, difficult life transitions, religious / spiritual abuse, and individuals with a history of trauma. I practice from a strengths-based, person-centered perspective, and foster a collaborative process of self-exploration and discovery.
Therapy with me provides a safe, nonjudgmental space for clients to feel seen, heard and connected. This means accepting, supporting, and walking alongside clients as they explore their full identity. I help clients process emotions, reframe limiting narratives, and I offer insight for thoughtful reflection and personal development.
I believe we are the experts of our own unfolding. My role as a therapist is to help you integrate your complex humanity, tend to wounds, gently; to invite self-love, compassion, and vulnerability, and to introduce strategies that facilitate relief and healing. In our work together, I aim to help you identify core values and implement meaningful changes that align with your true nature.
Christine Sciortino is an artist, priestess, doula, and yoga teacher.
A film industry veteran, Christine spent 13 years working as an on-set hair/makeup artist, and as educating the next generation of filmmakers as a professor in the department of Cinema + Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of the book Makeup Artistry for Film and Television; Your Tools for Success On-Set and Behind-the-Scenes. Christine wrote and directed the film Paper Crane – a project which she and her team used as an advocacy platform for trauma survivors for nearly a decade.
Following a life-changing accident in 2019, Christine devoted her life to healing and wellness. She became passionate about helping others heal through modalities that had supported her, such as Reiki, Yoga, and brain retraining. As she spent years recovering from major injuries, she had the opportunity to see the inner workings of the medical system – a journey that inspired her to become a doula, to help others navigate birth within our current system.
She now lives in Saint Charles IL, where she loves to garden and spend time with her furbabies and her flock of backyard chickens.