Laura Dewhirst

Laura Dewhirst, PsyD, LP

Mental Health - Inpatient
I aim to help maximize the innate strengths people bring with them into therapy.

Approach To Care

Dr. Dewhirst focused her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training on the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders and psychosis. She has worked primarily in inpatient and long-term care settings and has benefitted from serving diverse clientele navigating a wide variety of life challenges and diagnoses.

Dr. Dewhirst strives to approach therapy with curiosity and warmth. She utilizes the recovery model of mental healthcare, meaning she prioritizes collaboration and personalized treatment to help people meet the biopsychosocial goals that are valuable and meaningful to them as individuals.

Understanding there is no “one-sized fits all” approach to care, Dr. Dewhirst draws from a number of clinical interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive/Strengths-Based Psychology, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapy.



  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) – Pacific University, Oregon
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MA) – Pacific University, Oregon
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA), Literature and Psychology Concentrations – University of Massachusetts Lowell


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Riverview Psychiatric Center, Augusta, Maine
  • Predoctoral Internship at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, Forensic Mental Health Program, St. Peter, Minnesota


  • “Self-Management and Recovery Training” (SMART) facilitator for the treatment of substance use disorders
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


Dr. Dewhirst values humor and creativity. She has lived in six states across the U.S. and enjoys traveling abroad. She prefers the outdoors (hiking, skiing, bicycling), but if indoors, she is usually busy reading, watching documentaries (and then sharing what’s learned with friends), drawing, and exploring new music.

Accepted Insurance

All North Memorial Health providers, with the exception of senior clinic providers, accept the following insurance carriers. Because health insurance plan payments vary and benefit levels are unique to each plan, you may confirm out of pocket cost with your insurance carrier by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Preferred One
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthcare