New Life Counseling and Coaching

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

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

Masks are optional at our practice.

If you are sick, please call and reschedule your appointment.  If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, contact your Counselor before your appointment. We are able to do counseling through telehealth.

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, West Des Moines, and Pleasant Hill.

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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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We are Hiring

New Life is looking to expand its therapy team. We are seeking part-time or full-time clinical therapists, and part-time or full-time Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant with specialized mental health training.

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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, social work, and nutrition services. Our counselors also hold certifications in addictions counseling, speaking, training, and coaching. The broad extent of our therapists' training and experience allows us to offer a wide range of services to our clients.

Our staff meets with groups, and holds classes and seminars, at our Ankeny and West Des Moines, Iowa, locations. We are also available to bring our seminars and classes to your group or organization. We invite you to contact us for details or to schedule an event.

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