Dakota Baker, MA, LPCC, LADC

1405 Silver Lake Rd, Suite #17 • New Brighton, MN 55112

612.750.5378 • anewday@dakotatherapy.com • www.dakotatherapy.com

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Dynamic and accomplished professional with extensive background in mental health and substance abuse counseling; experience serving at-risk populations, including violent offenders and troubled youth. Hold current certification as LPCC and designation as Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Minnesota. Demonstrated expertise in motivational interviewing, anger management, and stress reduction techniques; highly knowledgeable of 12 core functions of substance abuse counseling. Skillfully coordinate all aspects of client care, including collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to formulate treatment plans. Hold MA in Counseling and Psychological Services; conversant in Spanish.

Innovative, client-centered professional adept at working with individuals from diverse cultural, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds and providing appropriate, effective, and individualized support. Recognized by others for passion, exceptional listening skills, and dedication to personal growth. Conscientious and empathetic, committed to treating all individuals with compassion, dignity, and respect.

Professional Experience

Private Practice, St. Paul, MN • 2009-Present

Licensed Psychotherapist / Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Offer individual counseling to adult clients; incorporate evidenced-based best practices to provide clients with effective, appropriate, individualized treatment. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current therapy practices as committed professional, while creating personable, caring, and authentic client-centered atmosphere. Incorporate spirituality, independent of creed or specific religious beliefs, into sessions where appropriate in order to enable individuals to transcend current circumstances and achieve therapy goals. Specific expertise and experience in addiction field.

Resource Recovery Center, Minneapolis, MN • 2001-2009

Practicum Therapist/Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, 2004-2009

Completed supervised practicum during completion of master’s degree program and acquisition of LPCC licensure; solidified expertise with 12 core functions, with emphasis on working with individuals with mental health issues. Managed caseload of 10 to 20 providing treatment and case management to clients with complex or multiple diagnoses; established self as key point of contact for clients with such issues. Provided chemical dependency counseling services to patients and families through all phases of treatment, from initial assessment and program design, through client discharge and follow-up recommendations, to implementation and revision of treatment plan. Conducted individual therapy sessions and didactic, educational group therapy sessions.

Resource Recovery Center, Minneapolis, MN • Continued

Community Reentry Coordinator – Project SOAR, 2003-2004

Provided pre- and post-release case management/counseling to violent offenders within state correctional system.

Licensed Counselor/Case Manager, 2001-2003

Supported clients with criminal histories living in mainstream community; managed between 13 and 26 active clients. Led orientations upon individuals’ arrival, performed treatment planning and provided case management services. Documented individuals’ progress and maintained detailed, accurate, and compliant records. Connected clients with additional resources as needed. Served on several committees, including outreach, client education, and staff education committees.

River Ridge Treatment Center, Burnsville, MN • 2001

Practicum Student/Assistant Counselor

Gained comprehensive, hands-on experience in 12 core functions of substance abuse and addiction counseling. Co-facilitated group therapy sessions.

Elite Counseling Center, San Antonio, TX • 2001

Counseling Intern

Completed intake duties and conducted assessments of clients.

Experience Treatment Associates, San Antonio, TX • 2000-2001

Practicum Student

Completed assessments of parolees; performed individual and group counseling and facilitated educational and process groups.

Care Staff of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX · 1998-2000

Independent Contractor – Mental Health Worker

Worked as on-call counselor and supported children and adolescents in residential treatment. Maintained compliance with treatment plans and de-escalated hostile or unfavorable behavior of residents.

The Deveruex Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA · 1986-1996

Residential Counselor and Supervisor

Provided comprehensive case management services to children, adolescents, and young adults with various diagnoses and challenges, including SPMI, autism, schizophrenia, conduct disorders, and Down Syndrome.

The New York State Division for Youth, Annsville, NY · 1983-1985

Youth Division Aid

Assisted in counseling and supervising juvenile offenders in secured facility.



Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) · Minnesota license active and in good standing (#301739).

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) · Minnesota license active and in good standing (#cc00048).



Completed one year of post-graduate studies specific to credentialing as LPCC
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Metro State University, Minneapolis, MN

Associate of Arts in Mental Health Technology
San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY

Additional Credentials, Training, and Affiliation

Credentialed by The Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health to train addiction professionals on Native American cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Completed 70+ hours of motivational interviewing training and 100+ hours of diversity training.

Completed “Thinking For a Change,” which included 32 hours of cognitive skills training, with emphasis on working with people who have criminal self-defeating thinking.

Member, Minnesota Psychological Association.

Volunteer Involvement

  • Ongoing service to AA/NA hospitals and institutions committee, 2010 – Present
  • Facilitator, Recovery Resource Center Meditation Group, 2004-2010
  • 13 Feathers Native American Offenders Recovery Group – Lino Lakes Correctional Facility, 2004 – 2006
  • Boys to Men Mentoring Network Minnesota, 2005 – 2007
DAKOTA BAKER MA,LPCC,LADC TELEPHONE: 612•750•5378 FAX: 651•636•0243 EMAIL ME PROUD MEMBER OF: Minnesota Psychological Association MARRCH
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