Dan Bannister

(MA, MSW, LICSW, LISW)
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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 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:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

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

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


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Sep 23, 2021 after counseling 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 by P.E. on Sep 14, 2021 after counseling 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 by B.I. on Aug 17, 2021 after counseling 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 by N.E. on Aug 11, 2021 after counseling 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 by A.M. on Apr 09, 2021 after counseling 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 by E.N. on Mar 29, 2021 after counseling with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and coaching

Cool guy and understanding.

Written by B.R. on Mar 14, 2021 after counseling with Dan for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and self esteem

Dan is supportive and validating. Dan is a Christian councilor, but I have asked for a non-faith based approach, and he has been completely understanding and on board with that.

Written by D.Y. on Mar 09, 2021 after counseling 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 by S.A. on Mar 07, 2021 after counseling with Dan for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

All in all he's a good listener. He's good at communicating what he hears you saying and offers insight on a practical and personal level.

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