Dr. Cindy Baker earned a BA in Family and Consumer Sciences with specialization in the field of early childhood development from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She then went on to receive her MS in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Cindy earned a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri – Columbia, focusing on the success and well-being of at-risk children and their families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Dr. Baker’s private practice and clinical experience is focused on relationship renewal between and among pre-adolescents, adolescents, couples, families and organizations focused on positive change and growth. She has been qualified as an expert witness in criminal court proceedings regarding child abuse and neglect and the effects this has on the family unit, custody concerns, and allegations of sexual assault involving a minor victim.
Dr. Baker is a member of the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the Association of Missouri Mediators (AMM). She is certified as a Prepare and Enrich counselor in the nationally recognized marriage counseling program, and is recognized as a therapeutic mediator on the Greene County Family Court list.
Dr.Baker has also presented her research at several national and international conferences including the American Educational Research Association, 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, American Mental Health Counselors Association (2006 Annual Conference) and University Council for Educational Administration (2005 Educational Leadership National Convention). In 2009 Dr. Baker was invited to present at the Missouri Bar Association annual conference on the subject of Team Mediation. In addition she was extended an invitation to present at the Missouri Hospital Association’s annual meeting in Jefferson City, Missouri. She has also been published in the Winter, 2008 Journal of School Public Relations.
As the owner of Touchstone Counseling, Touchstone Helping Families, Baker Consulting Services and The Garden of Healing boutique, she remains focused on ways to encourage others to not only heal and grow but to prosper with joy and humility. She has served on the board of directors for Least of These food pantry, the Christian County Welfare Advisory Council, Care to Learn, and the H.A.Y. Foundation. Dr. Baker was also a member of the Ozark Rotary club, and served as a governor of the Finley River Community Foundation. She is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and is a certified civil and family mediator. Dr. Baker was selected as a 2010 member of the “Twenty Most Influential Women” in Southwest Missouri by the Springfield Business Journal and was honored with a brick along the walkway at the Victim’s Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park due to her work with victims of domestic violence.
Dr. Baker received the 2018 Missourian Award. Click this link to view her full interview with the Christian County Headliner!