Nicole R.H. Baker, PhD, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Clinic Owner

Nicole opened The Creative Therapy Center in 2007 with the vision of providing children, adults, and families a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment to explore their mental health.  Nicole believes all individuals have a right to be honored and respected during their journey of healing and transformation.

Nicole graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2000, and received her Master of Science in 2002 also from Saint Cloud State University.  Nicole has a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University.

Nicole has been intensively trained in Sand Tray Therapy, Experiential Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Filial Therapy, and Theraplay®.  Nicole is trained in DC 0-5; the diagnostic criteria for children ages 0 – 5.  Nicole is also trained as a Social Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE), and a mediator and custody evaluator.

Nicole trains other professionals at local, state and national conferences; offering trainings in Play Therapy, trauma, Sand Tray Therapy, infant trauma and prevention, school-based therapy services, Child-Centered Reunification Therapy, and self-improvement.

For a complete list of Nicole’s specialized training and education please view her Curriculum Vitae provided below!

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Cortney Foster, MSW, LGSW  



Cortney has spent the last 13 years working with individuals that have a variety of cultural backgrounds, mental health issues, and other co-occurring disorders. Throughout that time, she has promoted the health and wellness of these individuals, their families, and their communities, by providing structure, support, and resources to help them succeed in every day life. She has been trained to serve a broad spectrum of behavioral health needs. She firmly believes everyone deserves to live a full and healthy life; she has dedicated her time and skills to help individuals navigate difficult roads and achieve success. She remains committed to helping them gain the necessary tools to build a healthy, successful life. Her areas of interest are in co-occurring disorders, providing treatment in correctional settings, and collaborating with the individual to meet their goals. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is trained in Motivational Interviewing.

Sarah E. Cross, MSW, LICSW

Sarah provides individual and family therapy for adultschildren (age 4+), and adolescents.

Sarah believes in connecting and building safe and trusting relationships with clients to find a path to health and happiness. Therapy can be hard work but also a fulfilling experience when embarked upon with someone who is willing to support you on your journey.

Sarah specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma, as well as related mental health difficulties such as anxietydepressionPTSD, attachment, stress, and behavioral challenges. Sarah has been intensively trained in Experiential Play Therapy and Theraplay and uses creative and experiential techniques in her approach to working with children and families. These creative approaches include sand tray, art therapy, narrative work, mindfulness, and movement. Sarah also partners with parents to provide guidance, education, and support.

In addition to working with children, Sarah also works with adolescents, couples, and families who have experienced trauma, family conflicts, and divorce. Sarah partners with parents, family systems, teens, adults, and couples who are experiencing life challenges, relationship concerns, sexual issues, conflict, and communication difficulties.

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