Staff

Nicole R.H. Baker, M.S., LAMFT

PhD Candidate

Creative Arts Psychotherapist/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 is a PhD candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University.

Nicole has been intensively trained in Sand Tray Therapy, Experiential Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, and Filial Therapy.  Nicole has also completed the Certified Mediation Skills Training through St. Cloud State University and has been trained in DC 0-5; the diagnostic criteria for children ages 0 – 5.  Nicole is also trained as a Social Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE).

Nicole engages in public speaking 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!

Curriculum Vitae 

EDUCATION 

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University, 2015-present.  PhD Candidate. 

Master of Science, Department of Criminal Justice, Saint Cloud State University

2000-2002

Bachelor of Science, Specialist in Social Work, Saint Cloud State University

1997-2000

Qualified Neutral, Minnesota Rule 114; 30 Hour Basic Mediation Skills Training, Saint Cloud State University

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

 Clinical Training

Sand Journeys (December 2006).  Joyce Arendt, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S, SEP, hosted by Family Connections, Minnetonka, MN.

Stepping into the Journey: Transforming a Child’s Story Through Play (April 2007).  Terry Kottman, Ph.D., NCC, RPT-S, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Bloomington, MN.

Transforming Trauma Through Play (April 2008).  Byron Norton, M.Ed, RPT-S and Maggie Klien, MS, MFT, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minnetonka, MN.

Honoring the Story (February 2009).  Joyce Arendt, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S, SEP, hosted by Family Connections, Minnetonka, MN.

Play Therapy Saves the Day (March 2009).  Lawrence Rubin, Ph.D., LHMC, RPT-S, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minneapolis, MN.

Introduction to the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (November 2009).  Hosted by Minnesota Department of Human Services, Chaska, MN.

Family Play Therapy: Seeds for the Future (April 2010).  Rise VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minneapolis, MN.

Promoting Relationships with Relationships (June 2010). Jill Simon, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E®(IV), hosted by Minnesota Department of Health, online.

Promoting Relationships with Relationships (June 2010).  Jill Simon, MSW, LICSW, IMH0E®(IV), hosted by Minnesota Department of Health, Saint Cloud, MN.

Intensive Filial Therapy Training Program (September 2010).  Joyce Arendt, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S, SEP, hosted by Family Connections, Minnetonka, MN.

Solving the Puzzle: Play Therapy After Loss (March 2011).  Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minneapolis, MN.

Somatic Experiencing Beginning I (March 2011).  Arial Giarretto, MS, LMFT, CMP, SEP, hosted by Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Saint Paul, MN.

Somatic Experiencing Beginning II (June 2011).  Arial Giarretto, MS, LMFT, CMP, SEP, hosted by Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Saint Paul, MN.

Somatic Experiencing Beginning III (September 2011).  Arial Giarretto, MS, LMFT, CMP, SEP, hosted by Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Saint Paul, MN.

Somatic Experiencing Intermediate I (December 2011).  Arial Giarretto, MS, LMFT, CMP, SEP, hosted by Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Saint Paul, MN.

Somatic Experiencing Intermediate II (March 2012).  Arial Giarretto, MS, LMFT, CMP, SEP, hosted by Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Saint Paul, MN

SandPlay-WorldPlay (March 2012).  Gisela Schubach DeDomenico, Ph.D., LMFT, RPT-S, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minneapolis, MN.

Worry Wars: A Play Therapy Protocol for Anxiety Disorders (March 2013).  Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minneapolis, MN.

Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice (March 2014).  Dottie Higgens-Klien, LMFT, RPT-S, hosted by Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minneapolis, MN.

Experiential Play Therapy Intensive Training (June 2014).  Byron Norton, Ed.D., RPT-S, hosted by Believing in Children and Families, Edina, MN.

Clinical Consultation 

Play Therapy Case Consultation/Supervision (2010-2012).  Ingrid Meyer, MA, LP, Minnetonka, MN.

Infant Mental Health/Early Childhood Case Consultation/Supervision (2011-2012).  Carol Siegal, Ph.D., LP, Minneapolis, MN.

Experiential Play Therapy Case Consultation/Supervision (2013-2015).  Byron Norton, Ed.D., RPT-S, Edina, MN.

Marriage and Family Therapy Case Consultation/Supervision (2015-2018).  Katherine Routt, LMFT, RPT-S, Coon Rapids, MN.

Marriage and Family Therapy Case Consultation/Supervision (2018 – present).  Melissa Wetterlund, LMFT, LP, RPT-S, Blaine, MN.

UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR 

Special Topics in the Department of Criminal Justice: Criminal Profiling.  Saint Cloud State University. Fall 2002.

Practicum Co-Supervision in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy.  Northcentral University.  Winter 2018 – present.

PUBLICATIONS 

Ross, N. (2009).  Silent Cries: Infant Trauma and Healing. Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Volume 5, Number 3.

VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIPS 

Peer Educator, (1998 – 2002), Saint Cloud State University Health Services Department, Saint Cloud, Minnesota. 

Child Advocate, (1999), Anna Marie’s, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

Assistant to Director, (2000), Saint Cloud Area Crisis Nursery, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

Member, (2000 – 2001), CAN Council, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

Grant Writing & Fundraising Committee Chair, (2007 – 2014), Minnesota Association for Play Therapy.

Board of Directors, Vice-President (2007 – 2011), Minnesota Association for Play Therapy.

Sherburne County Safe Child Council Chair, (2008 – present), Sherburne County, Minnesota.

Elk River Early Childhood Coalition Secretary, (2010), Elk River, Minnesota.

Elk River Circle of Parents Advisory Committee Co-Chair, (2009 – present), Elk River, Minnesota.

St. Cloud Hospital Parent-to-Parent Volunteer, (2010 – 2012), Saint Cloud, MN

St. Cloud Hospital Chapter NICU Advisory Committee, (2010 – present), Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

Board of Directors, President (2011-2014), Minnesota Association for Play Therapy.

Board of Directors, Vice-chair (2011-2013), NICU Community, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

Board of Directors, Chair (2013-2015), NICU Community, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

Safe Schools ISD728, (2017 – present), Rogers, Minnesota.

Student Advisory Board, President (2017-present), Northcentral University, Phoenix, Arizona.

ACCREDIDATIONS/MEMBERSHIP

National Association of School Resource Officers, Professional Member

Association for Play Therapy, Professional Member

Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Professional Member

Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Professional Member

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Professional Member

Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, Professional Member

Minnesota Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, Professional Member

Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Member

Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Membe

PRESENTATIONS

*(my name was formerly Ross) 

Ross, Nicole R.  (February 2004).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  Workshop Presentation.  Mille Lacs Academy, Onamia, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R.  (March 2004).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  Workshop Presentation.  Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R.  (December 2004).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  In-Service Training.  Ruth Meyers, Fargo, North Dakota.

Ross, Nicole R.  (April 2005).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  Workshop Presentation.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference.  Duluth, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R.  (March 2006).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  Workshop Presentation.  Mille Lacs Academy, Onamia, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R.  (April 2006).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  Workshop Presentation.  Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R.  (April 2006).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  Workshop Presentation.  National Adolescent Perpetration Network, Atlanta, Georgia.

Ross, Nicole R.  (May 2006).  Enhancing Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment by Utilizing Experiential Learning.  Workshop Presentation.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference.  Duluth, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R.  (April 2007).  Experiential Therapy for Adolescents with Sexual Behavior Problems.  Workshop Presentation.  Minnesota Association for Play Therapy Conference.  Bloomington, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (March 2009).  Play Therapy 101.  Workshop Presentation.  College of Saint Benedicts, Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (March 2009).  The Bravest Heroes:  Play Therapy After Court Ordered Visitation with the Perpetrator.  Workshop Presentation.  Minnesota Association for Play Therapy Conference, Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (April 2009).  Play Therapy 101.  Workshop Presentation.  College of Saint Benedicts, Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (April 2009).  Autism Spectrum & Play Therapy.  Workshop Presentation.  College of Saint Benedicts, Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (January 2010).  Silent Cries: A Peek into Infant Trauma and Mental Health.  Workshop Presentation.  Carousel  Works, Big Lake, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (July 2010).  Play Therapy 101.  Workshop Presentation.  Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (August 2010).  Silent Cries: A Peek into Infant Trauma and Mental Health.  Workshop Presentation. Reach-Up Inc., St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (January 2011).  Silent Cries: A Peek into Infant Trauma and Mental Health.  Workshop Presentation. Strong Foundations Conference, Alexandira, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (February 2011).  Train the Trainer. Workshop Presentation.  Minnesota Association for Play Therapy, Minnetonka, MN.

Ross, Nicole R. (February 2011).  Be Your Own Hero.  Workshop Presentation.  Illumination Conference, Brooklyn Park, MN.

Ross, Nicole R. (May 2011).  Be Your Own Hero: Taking Control of Your Social Network.  Keynote Presentation.  Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Program Kick-off Event.  Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (June 2011). Play Therapy Interventions.  Workshop Presentation.  MN Department of Human Services.  Willmar, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (August 2011).  Silent Cries: A Peek into Infant Trauma and Mental Health.  Workshop Presentation. Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care.  St. Paul, MN.

Ross, Nicole R. (October 2011).  Metaphorically Speaking: A Journey into a Child’s World.  Workshop Presentation.  Minnesota School Social Worker’s Association.  Willmar, MN.

Ross, Nicole R. (February 2012).  Social Skills Development for Children with Neurological Differences.  Workshop Presentation.  MNADOPT.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (February 2012).  Social Skills Development for Children with Neurological Differences.  Workshop Presentation.  MNADOPT. Mankato, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (February 2012).  Social Skills Development for Children with Neurological Differences.  Workshop Presentation.  MNADOPT.  St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (April 2012).  Living Playfully and Peacefully.  Workshop Presentation.  OASIS.  Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (April 2012).  Silent Cries: A Peek into Infant Trauma and Mental Health.  Workshop Presentation. Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health.  Duluth, MN.

Ross, Nicole R. (March 2013).  Silent Cries: A Peek into Infant Trauma and Mental Health.  Workshop Presentation. Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health.  Duluth, MN.

Ross, Nicole R. (April 2013).  Living Playfully and Peacefully.  Workshop Presentation.  OASIS.  Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (December 2013).  Living Playfully and Peacefully.  Workshop Presentation.  ADHD Support Group, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ross. Nicole R. (March-May 2014).  Single Parent Group.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross, Nicole R. (November 2014).  Family Reunification through Play: A Child-Centered Model.  Workshop Presentation.  Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference.  Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Ross. Nicole R. (March-May 2015).  Parenting Solo.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross, Nicole R. (August 2015).  Healthy Relationships in Adolescents.  Workshop Presentation.  Rogers High School Parent Orientation.  Rogers, Minnesota.

Ross, Nicole R. (January 2016).  Self-Care for Parents.  Workshop Presentation.  Hanke Early Childhood Center, Elk River, MN.

Ross. Nicole R. (March-May 2016).  Parenting Solo.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross. Nicole R. (April 2016).  Parenting Skills.  Workshop Presentation.  Zimmerman, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross. Nicole R. (April 2016).  Young Parent Program.  Workshop Presentation.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross. Nicole R.  (March-May 2017).  Parenting Solo.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross. Nicole R.  (April – May 2017).  Young Parent Program.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross, Nicole R.  (June 2017). Child-centered Reunification Therapy.  Workshop Presentation.  Boston, Massachusetts.  Association for Family and Conciliation Courts National Conference.

Ross, Nicole R.  (February 2018).  Healthy Relationships for Adolescents.  Workshop Presentation.  Rogers, Minnesota.  Rogers High School.

Ross, Nicole R.  (April 2018). Child-centered Reunification Therapy.  Workshop Presentation.  Duluth, Minnesota.  Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Conference.

Ross, Nicole R.  (May 2018).  Parenting Solo.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Ross, Nicole R.  (May 2018).  Young Parent Program.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Baker, Nicole R.H.  (May 2019).  Parenting Solo.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Baker, Nicole R.H.  (May 2019).  Young Parent Program.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.

Baker, Nicole R. H.  (June 2019).  It Takes a Village.  Workshop Presentation.  Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  National Association for School Resource Officers National Conference.

Baker, Nicole R.H.  (December 2019).  Parenting Solo.  Guest Facilitator.  Elk River, Minnesota.  Independent School District 728, Early Childhood Program.