Dan Bannister

LICSW, LISW

About me

I am a clinical social worker with over thirty years of experience and am licensed in both Iowa and Minnesota. I have a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of illinois and a Master of Social Work in Clinical Social Work from the University of Iowa. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including primary healthcare, in-home, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities, corrections, and outpatient counseling centers. Since March of 2020, I have offered counseling services online and have become certified as a Clinical Telemental Health Provider. I have become quite comfortable and familiar with online counseling.

My clinical interests include, but are not limited to anger management, depression, anxiety and panic, stress management, grief and loss, divorce recovery, and abuse issues. I primarily use a cognitive-behavioral approach in counseling. This approach is based on the idea that our thoughts, i.e. what we say to ourselves about ourselves, about others, and about the world around us determines the emotions we have and what we end up doing, that is, our behavior. We can learn to identify and then change these thoughts so that we begin to enjoy improved relationships and an increased overall satisfaction in our daily lives.

I work to form helpful relationships with people that include caring, genuineness, warmth and empathy. I'm a real person with counseling knowledge, interest and experience that I bring to the counseling process. My purpose and desire is for the people I'm working with is for them to be able to obtain what they are hoping to get from their counseling. I strive to be both "professionally human" and "humanly professional".

I would very much like to work with you to make the improvements you are looking to make in your life and invite you into that process.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

MN LICSW 04951

IA LISW 098706


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dan Bannister. 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 on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Extremely easy to talk to and I trust him

Written on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Dan is the man

Written on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 6 months

Dan is a great listener and has timely, wise advice! Really enjoy working with him!

Written on Sep 21, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dan Bannister is the best therapist I've had and BetterHelp makes it so easy to get an appt when I need one fast! Thank you!!!!

Written on Sep 09, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

No words to describe Dan's expertise and help. He's truly a Godsend!

Written on Sep 06, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Really enjoy connecting with Dan regarding the current struggles I’m facing. He continues to help put things into perspective and gives me tools to help navigate the more important items to focus on, which is usually myself. I definitely feel heard and valued during our sessions.

Written on Aug 02, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Helped me see a new perspective on life and live it.

Written on Jul 27, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

After trying many different places and therapist, none of them have compared to Dan Bannister. He dove right into the core of my issues and has helped me figure out solutions to living with and improving my situation.

Written on Jul 18, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dan has been amazing. I have not left a single session feeling like I didn’t use my time wisely due to Dan’s incredible ability to guide the conversation to what I’d like to talk about next. Even when I feel all over the place or scatter brained, I don’t feel pressured or stressed because he asks relevant questions and helps me get to the bottom of what’s bothering me. All around it’s been a great experience.

Written on Jul 12, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

It has being a blessing to work with Dan Bannister. His listening skills are great and He his very caring. He acknowledges client’s personal struggles and reinforce positive behavior to resolve issues. Thank you for your support!

Written on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I was hesitant to work with a therapist. Dan was highly recommended. I am so glad I started sessions!

Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and self esteem

Dan is a wonderful person to talk to. He is compassionate and validating. He is a councilor with a Christian based approach, but I had asked to leave religion out of our conversations, and he always respected that request. I never felt judged by Dan, only listened to.

Written on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Dan is amazing! He is gone and above and beyond in helping me. He is amazing.....

Written on Apr 22, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

My first experience with a therapy was very positive

Written on Apr 20, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, and self esteem

Dan and I were able to connect almost immediately. He has a warm and friendly demeaner. He is a Christian therapist; however, we have not brought the bible into the sessions unless I mention it. This is just how I like it. Thank You Dan!

Written on Apr 18, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and anger management

Dan has been a huge help. He's a great listener, empathizer, and offers really useful advice. I'd recommend him to anyone!

Written on Apr 04, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dan has been a godsend. His calming demeanor and ability to listen, then help walk me through a solution has changed my outlook on my future. He’s exactly what I was hoping to find when I joined BetterHelp.

Written on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, family conflicts, and addictions

Dan has been great support in my first experience using therapy. His wealth of knowledge, advice, and natural understanding has helped me get back on track. He has been a perfect fit for me!

Written on Feb 28, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dan has been an incredible help and support to me as I struggled through the process of healing from narcissistic abuse, and adapted to an enormous life transition. His understanding and experience with just this kind of situation translated into his being validating, compassionate, patient and insightful at every turn. His recall of my challenges, our discussions, and the players in my stories from session to session was remarkable, and comforting. I always felt better after our sessions, and will always be grateful.

Written on Feb 14, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Dan had a marvelous sense for understanding unique needs. He translated detailed concepts of behavior and discipline into relatable examples. Each session was self-directed by me, and Dan went with the flow of information without “skipping a beat”. I was extremely grateful for his skill and knowledge. Together we move me forward!

Written on Jan 05, 2022 after therapy with Dan for 10 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Easy going, helpful, knowledgeable, has many different tools and ways of looking at problems and solutions. Glad to work with Dan

Written on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 3 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

Dan is a calm, kind, caring person.

Written on Nov 04, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

Dan has been great to talk to. I look forward to our sessions.

Written on Nov 03, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Dan is a great guy he understands and he’s very nice

Written on Oct 04, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 7 months on issues concerning family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

A helpful counselor who really listens.

Written on Sep 23, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Dan is incredibly easy to open up to and relatable. Through just a handful of sessions I’ve found very tangible value that I think is helping me make positive changes in my life. From the start I was comfortable speaking to him which has enabled me to go deeper than I’ve been accustomed to with other therapists.

Written on Sep 14, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

From the perspective of a late 20’s Male, Dan is a great therapist, and very easy to get along with. He has been quite helpful in our limited time together so far!

Written on Aug 17, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Dan is a great listener with a lot of wisdom

Written on Aug 11, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dan is a caring, empathetic who has lots of great personal and professional experience. He responds in a timely manner and has lots of great resources to share.

Written on Apr 09, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

I've been working with Dan for a few weeks now, I can't believe how much better I feel in such a short time. I sought counseling because of a few small things I wanted to explore - and in that exploration, I have learned really practical techniques that have been so helpful for me. Our sessions have far exceeded my expectations, and I am so thankful.

Written on Mar 29, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and coaching

Cool guy and understanding.

Written on Mar 09, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Very helpful and understanding, he really listens and gets straight to the point of what could be happening and gives so many tools to cope and live with certain problems.

Written on Feb 25, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dan has been very responsive and helpful. I feel respected and heard in our sessions. He's a great support for me.

Written on Feb 22, 2021 after therapy with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Dan Bannister is kind, compassionate, listens carefully, and actually gives me helpful advice. He does great work and I would recommend him to others as well

Work with me!