Dr. Laura Dewhirst


About Me

Welcome! My name is Laura and I am a licensed psychologist (PsyD, L.P.) in the state of Minnesota*. I completed my pre-doctoral training in and around Portland, Oregon, and post-doctoral training in Maine.

Aside from enjoying geographic diversity, I have benefited from working in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health centers, private psychological assessment clinics, and long-term psychological care settings. Here, I have counseled persons navigating life changes, depression, psychosis, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and much more.

Throughout my training and work experience, I have found there is no one-sized fits all therapeutic approach. Instead, I find it most useful to collaboratively explore what style works best for you, and tailor the therapy based on your feedback (e.g., some persons enjoy more active, skills-based therapy, while others are seeking more space to be heard and process their thoughts/feelings). If you’re not sure – that’s okay! We will learn together what feels more or less helpful for you as we go along.

Therapeutic interventions I may utilize will come from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CBT for Psychosis (CBT-p), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive/Strengths-Based Psychology, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Psychology.

I look forward to working with you!

Hours Available on Platform:
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST

*The BetterHelp algorithm matches me with clients from the state of Minnesota. However, when someone requests my services from out of state, I need to reach out to that state's licensing board to request permission and verify the rules and regulations of that jurisdiction before getting started. In some cases, even upon request, the state of client residence will not allow an outside provider to conduct therapy. In these cases, we will not be permitted to work together. If you are from another state and opt to work with me, please be advised the inquiry process described above can take several days or weeks, depending on your state's responsiveness, and delay the onset of therapeutic services if permitted at all. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Antisocial Personality , Communication Problems , Intellectual Disability , Mood Disorders , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LP #LP6777 (Expires: 2024-03-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Laura Dewhirst. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by J.A. on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr Dewhirst is wise, kind, and appropriately challenging and guiding. I find her support invaluable and validating. I recommend her most highly to anyone looking to work on the issues in their lives.

Written by S.H. on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

In the short time that I have been working with Dr. Dewhirst, I have come to see her as a kind, sincere, knowledgeable and dedicated therapist. I appreciate her fresh perspective, empathy, guidance and support more than she will ever know! Thank you for everything Dr. Dewhirst!

Written by J.A. on May 19, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Active patient listener with constructive conversation.

Written by C.H. on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Wonderful therapist who really listens, offers useful strategies and perspective.

Written by W.E. on May 11, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

I have recommended better help. The timing and the convenience of ingoing communication and online therapy with no travel is amazing

Work with me!