Brian Wood, MA

Brian entered the mental health counseling field after years of pastoral ministry and non-profit leadership. His ministry experiences include extensive experience in marriage enrichment and working with people to overcome addictions.

Brian believes that our past experiences have brought us to the place we are but they do not have to define our future. He believes that change is hard but it is not only possible, but likely, when we get help to take the next step forward. Brian believes in a holistic approach to the growth process, focusing on the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of a person.

Areas of interest include managing anxiety, relational challenges, and grief, as well as overcoming trauma and addictive behavior, including sexual addiction.


  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University in Wheeling, IL. Graduated in June, 2022.
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN.  August, 2019.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN.  May, 1986.

Clinical/Professional Experience

  • Chicago Christian Counseling Center, June of 2021—May 2022
    Brian was a clinical mental health counseling intern and sees individuals, couples, and adolescents at their Orland Park and Chicago South Loop offices.
  • Adult & Teen Challenge Chicago, 2016-2019
    As Executive Director of this faith-based, long-term, residential, addiction recovery center for men, he oversaw the development of a new one year long recovery program, expanded the staff, and further developed the donor base.
  • Northwest Church of Mount Prospect, IL, 2012-2016
    Brian served as Executive Pastor, leading the founding of a new campus, oversaw small group, marriage enrichment, and other critical areas.
  • Brian served as a pastor in various capacities, lead pastor, adult ministries, and youth, for churches in Minnesota and Chicago since 1986.

Professional Activities

  • Member of American Counseling Association
  • Member of National Louis University Counseling Association

Personal Interests

  • Spending time with children and grand children.
  • Running—everything from trails to marathons.
  • Being outdoors camping, hiking, and kayaking.

Our Location

Fidelity Corporate Park
765 Ela Rd, Suite 211
Lake Zurich, IL . 60047
Tel. 847.550.0395

1 building south on ELA across from the railroad tracks