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Nicole Ross, M.S.
Creative Arts Psychotherapist

Sarah Cross, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Founder & Owner of Joining Hands Counseling 

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 currently working on completing her Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from 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 0-3; the diagnostic criteria for children ages 0 – 5.  Nicole is also trained as a Social Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE).

Nicole began her career as a Therapist in a residential treatment center and was promoted to a Clinical Supervisor.  During the five years she worked in residential treatment, she continuously worked to develop and implement new and innovative therapy techniques into the treatment milieu.

Nicole engages in public speaking at local, state and national conferences; offering training in play therapy, sex offender treatment, sand tray therapy, infant trauma and prevention, and self-improvement.

Nicole is a professional member of the Association for Play Therapy and the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy.  She is the Past-President on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy and chaired the Grant Writing/Fundraising Committee during her term.  Nicole is the past Chair of the Sherburne County Safe Child Council and is a professional member of the Minnesota Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health.  Nicole is the Past-Chair of the NICU Community Board of Directors in St. Cloud, MN.  Nicole is a professional member of the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts.


I love to connect and build trusting relationships with my clients in order to help them move to a state of well being. I work well with clients who are willing to partner with me in this relationship in order to together find a path to health and happiness. Therapy can be hard work but can be a fulfilling experience when embarked upon with someone who is willing to support you on your journey.
I specialize in working with children who have experienced trauma, family conflicts and divorce. I work with parents who are struggling to help their children with behavioral issues, as well as family systems who are having difficulties. I also specialize in helping adults with adjustment and life issues.
I am now accepting new clients.