Dr. Laurelle Myhra, Director of Behavior Health

Laurelle Myhra, PhD, LMFT an enrolled member of Red Lake Band of Ojibwe and is the Director of Behavioral Health at NACC. She is on the Health Equity Advisory & Leadership (HEAL) Council for the state and was previously on the community board for Hennepin County Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic. She will oversee this expansion of services and lead recruitment, training, supervision-of-supervision and provide general grant oversight. Dr. Myhra completed her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science and Marriage and Family Therapy program in 2012; where she was a AAMFT SAMHSA fellow. She has dedicated her career, as a researcher, supervisor, clinician, and educator, to addressing historical trauma, traumatic stress, and substance use disorders among Native Americans. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles on these subjects and has several articles under review. She has received training on the top evidence-based trauma treatment modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Honoring Children, Mending the Circle (culturally adapted TF-CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and has adapted these to be culturally appropriate in practice. She was also trained on White Bison’s Wellbriety - Medicine Wheel and 12-Step, culturally adapted model, and Mending Broken Hearts on healing from grief and loss. Dr. Myhra is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has provided therapeutic service to the Native American community in Twin Cities metro area since 2005 - most of this time she was at Native American Community Clinic. She has also pursued her passion for this area of work as supervisor and educator of clinical interns and trainees for the last 10 years.