New Life Counseling and Coaching

Offering faith-based Christian counseling and coaching services at two locations the Des Moines, Iowa area - Ankeny and West Des Moines.

We can help you find solutions to life problems that limit your success by utilizing sound psychological theory and interventions based on your unique needs. Call us today to find out how we can help you achieve success both personally and professionally.

Open for Appointments

We are monitoring the Government guidelines and will continue to update you as needed.

If you are sick, please call and reschedule your appointment.  If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, stay home and give your Counselor a call before your appointment. We can still do counseling through technology.

Thank you and be well!
Dr. Don Gilbert, CEO

Counseling Services

Our New Life professional counselors provide outpatient counseling services for adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups at our locations in Ankeny and West Des Moines.

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Dr. Gilbert's Special Services

Our founder, Dr. Don Gilbert, offers coaching, consulting, speaking and training services to assist individuals and organizations grow and achieve their goals.

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Faith-Based

At New Life, we are guided by our faith-based principles and values, which are essential to our treatment philosophy and ministry. While our beliefs form the foundation for our work, we serve those from all perspectives and faiths.

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Upcoming Free Women's Group

Bekah Riker will be teaching a group called Dealing with Anxiety Together at our West Des Moines Office. The group is limited to 7 women ages 18+. Registration ends March 10th.

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We focus on solving your problems

Our professional staff includes clinicians who are trained in the fields of psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, and social work. The broad extent of our therapists' training and experience allows us to offer a wide range of services to our clients.

Our professional training, experience, faith, and commitment to honoring each individual, enables us to offer counseling that empowers you with the tools, techniques, and confidence necessary to improve your life.

New Life Chatter

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Setting Healthy Boundaries: YES & NO

May 11, 2021

Healthy boundaries are essential for successful relationships, romantic and otherwise, and a balanced, joyful life. Without boundaries, it gets hard to determine our limits and often we find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed out—not to mention feeling guilty about our choices. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few tools in your toolbox…

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Goal setting strategies by Enneagram Type: Goals part 4

April 30, 2021

In part 4 of our goal setting series we are talking about how your personality type (specifically enneagram) influences your goal setting process. We are giving tips for setting healthy goals based on your type. Also links to Dr. Don Gilberts Personal Strength Survey.

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Coping with Stress: Self-Care part 2

April 23, 2021

How is stress management vital to your self-care? Your body was created to respond to stressful input- most understand this as the fight or flight response. But your body is not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences. Yes, that’s right, chronic stress can make you physically sick. We will talk more in…