John Ostby, LMFT, RPT



  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Registered Play Therapist (RPT)

Therapeutic Focus

Men and boys, couples, families, adolescents and children who are struggling with social, academic, family or mental health difficulties, and recovery from trauma.


Men’s Issues, Couple Therapy, Child or Adolescent Therapy, Play Therapy, EMDR, Family Therapy, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Anger Management, and Mindfulness Practice.

Men’s Therapy/Support Group.

Therapeutic Philosophy

All human beings can experience growth, healing and success in their lives if they receive adequate support from others who genuinely care about them.

As a male therapist, the majority of John’s clients are men and boys. He also works with couples and families. The struggles John’s clients face are often related to couple issues, family relationships, peer relationships, academics or career issues.

John’s training is in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also a Registered Play Therapist for children ages 6-12. He’s passionate about helping clients find short-term relief while working toward long-term solutions.


John joined The Jonas Center in April, 2015 and sees clients in Cologne and Eden Prairie. John’s previous mental health experience includes working with children as a therapist in an elementary school. He has also seen children, families and adults as an in-home mental health provider and has provided therapy to incarcerated men and women. Before entering the mental health field, John worked as a professional musician and was a stay-at-home dad with his son and daughter.