John Loraas, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 1997. Major: Clinical Psychology, Child/Family Specialization. Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1995-1996.
  • M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 1991. Major: Clinical Psychology, Child/Family Specialization.
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1988. Major: Psychology-Honors.


  • Minnesota Licensed Psychologist since 1998
  • American Psychological Association since 1999
  • Minnesota Psychological Association since 1999


  • Sole-Owner of John A. Loraas, Ph.D., PA (2000-Present)
  • Partner of Dakota Valley Psychologists (2000-2015)
  • Provided individual, family and group therapy to children, teens, and young adults with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems
  • Provided consultation and training to school staff and other community groups
  • Provided an extensive volume of psychological assessments to children, teens and young adults


In my work with children, adolescents, and adults, I try to develop and maintain a strong working relationship that is built on trust, acceptance, and mutual respect. I try not to lose sight of these ideals, even when confronted with the highly challenging child or teen who says at the first appointment that he/she does not want or need to be in counseling. I tend to view Intake/ Assessment appointments as well as Therapy Sessions as unique opportunities for individuals or families to see that I value them, that I appreciate their time, and that I am interested in their ideas and overall well-being. My goal is to provide my clients with counseling experiences that leave them feeling that they have worked collaboratively with me on solutions and changes. Moreover, because of their efforts, they may be in a better position to handle future stressors or challenges that await them.


  • Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders and Life Transitions (children, teens and adults)
  • Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (children, teens, and adults)
  • Oppositional, Negative, Resistant and Inflexible Children and Teens
  • Parent-Child/Teen Communication and Joint-Problem Solving
  • Autism-Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD)
  • Adoption-Adjustment and Attachment-Related issues
  • Parent Training, Consultation, and Support
  • Psychological testing clarifying diagnostic and treatment planning issues
  • Bedwetting (Enuresis) and Soiling (Encopresis)
  • School/Peer/Life Adjustment Difficulties
  • Coping with Chronic and/or Acute Medical Conditions (Pediatrics and Adults)
  • Feeding and Mealtime Difficulties in Younger Children
  • Sibling Conflict/Adjustment issues
  • Consultation to Schools or Physicians Regarding Emotional and/or Behavioral Concerns of a Particular Child or Adolescent
Contact Us

John A. Loraas, Ph.D., PA
7373 W. 147th St., Suite 166
Apple Valley, MN 55124 

(952) 432-3220
Fax:(952) 891-4622

Phones Answered:
Friday 8AM-11AM

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