Dan Bannister


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.

I am a believing Christian and utuilize a Christ-centered, faith based approach to working with people, but will allow you to determine how spirituality and faith are used in your counseling. I am a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor and am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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 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.


  • 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:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LISW #098706 (Expires: 2022-12-31)

LICSW #04951 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Written by B.E. on Feb 25, 2021 after counseling 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 by B.E. on Feb 23, 2021 after counseling with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Dan listens well and really has helped me in the areas I need help. He listened to my requests for take home work and has given me many tools to work with. He has responded timely to all of my messages and reads my journal entries which help to make our time in session more productive. I am grateful to have access to him all week, he is a great help.

Written by A.N. on Feb 22, 2021 after counseling 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