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Dan Bannister, LISW, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety Anger management Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes
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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.

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues

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

License information

IA LISW 098706

MN LICSW 04951


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.

Dan Bannister is the best! Easy to talk to, friendly, funny, and kind. Great advice.

Written on Jan 19, 2023 after therapy with Dan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties

Extremely easy to talk to and I trust him

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

Dan is the man

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

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

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 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

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

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