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Christian Therapists & Mental Health Providers New Life Counseling & Coaching in Ankeny IA

New Life Counseling & Coaching

Christian Mental Health Providers
Ankeny, Iowa, 50023

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About New Life Counseling & Coaching

Our Counseling Services

Our professional staff includes clinicians who are trained in the fields of psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, and social work. 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 individuals and groups, and holds classes and seminars, at our Ankeny and West Des Moines, Iowa, locations as well as online through telehealth services. 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.

Our New Life professionals provide outpatient counseling services for adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups at our locations in Ankeny and West Des Moines, Iowa. 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. We offer support and guidance in this journey through life's many changes and transitions as we partner together to work toward meeting your goals. Visit our counselor's page to learn more about our therapists and their areas of focus.

Our Counseling Specialty Areas


  • Marriage Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Abuse
  • Infidelity Issues
  • Creating Healthy Relationships
  • Boundaries
  • Prepare/Enrich Tool
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Personal Growth

Parenting and Children

  • Family Issues
  • Parenting
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Children 7 years and older
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Infertility

Mood Disorders and Brain Dysfunction:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Grief and Loss
  • Guilt and Shame Issues
  • Sexual Struggles
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Image
  • Identity Issues


  • Pornography
  • Substance Abuse


  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)


Ankeny Office

227 NW School Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

West Des Moines Office

3737 Woodland Ave., Suite 430, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Now offering telehealth therapy services!

Dr. Don Gilbert's Specialized Services

In my years as a coach, author, and consultant, I have helped people overcome a wide range of obstacles. I am passionately committed to teaching you the skills you need to succeed in life.

I promise to invest in you personally, and together we will explore the negative behavioral and thought patterns that give rise to problems in your life, and develop lasting strategies for overcoming your specific issues. Through ‘Principles for Living’, I will teach you the skills to help advance your career, and strengthen your personal life.

I offer a unique blend of experience, education and practical ‘Principles for Living’, to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.  I believe that it  is possible for you to experience a sense of fulfillment.  Let me help you discover and develop your potential and passion for thriving not just surviving in life.

Contact me today if you’re ready to start working towards the life you want. Together, we can get you there.

I established the New Life Counseling and Coaching facility in Iowa in 2002. Realizing a need for expert coaching services in the Des Moines area, I expanded my professional expertise by becoming certified through the John Maxwell Team, and have created a process of teaching practical ‘Principles for Living and Leadership’, that has helped countless others to live a life of passion and fulfillment. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker, I am excited to offer workshops, seminars, mastermind groups, lunch-n-learns, keynote speaking, and coaching, to aid your personal and professional growth through study and the practical application of my‘Principles for Living and Leadership’. Working together, I can help you and your team or organization to work toward reaching your goals and dreams.

As a coach I can assist you with the process of establishing and achieving personal and professional goals. Coaching is more focused on building upon strengths, while counseling has an emphasis on bringing healing to emotional and relational struggles. The key to successful coaching work is finding a coach that is not only knowledgeable in life issues, but is also qualified to address emotional health issues when they arise. Your emotional, physical and spiritual health has a direct impact on your personal and professional relationships and successes. My many years of corporate, church and small business experience and my expertise in mental health counseling, make me uniquely qualified to offer a complete and well-balanced professional and personal coaching experience.


I offer consulting services for community leaders who wish to bring their business, church or organization to the next level, survive and thrive through leadership or staff transitions, or to simply increase morale and production. I’ll meet with the leaders of your organization and create a plan to reach your goals. We'll determine where you are as an organization, where you want to go, and what you need to do to get there. I’ll also identify anything that is stifling growth in your organization. After meeting with you, we’ll create an individualized plan for your business, church or organization to help you reach your goals. Consulting for an organization often leads to personal or professional coaching for the leadership, or speaking and training for other parts of the organization. Our mission at New Life Counseling is to help you and your organization define your goals and to equip you with the necessary tools to make those goals a reality.

I am a certified speaker, trainer and coach through the John Maxwell program. I have many years experience, including my 17 years of pulpit speaking, 9 years of speaking and training at Iowa Heart Center, over 10 years as an adjunct college professor, and more than 24 years of counseling, training and speaking with New Life Counseling. I offer several types of training and speaking on a variety of personal and professional growth topics. The formats include: lunch-n-learns, keynote speaking, workshops, seminars, webinars, and mastermind groups. Available topics are in the areas of leadership, team-building, relationships, communication, personal growth, and professional growth. Upon request, I will create individualized programs, trainings, or speaking presentations based on the specific needs of your organization or association.

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Statement of Faith
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.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He has revealed Himself in creation, history, and in Jesus Christ.
We believe in God’s creation of the world and humankind and in humanity’s rebellion and subsequent sinful (self-centered) nature.
We believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, humanity, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven and His coming personal return.
We believe salvation is by grace through faith in Christ as one’s Savior.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit in salvation and by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to grow in the knowledge and practice of the principles of Scripture.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost – the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the importance of the church for worship, service and relationships.
We believe in the importance of marriage, and although the Bible states that divorce is permissible in two circumstances (adultery, Matt 5:31; and abandonment, I Corinthians 7:15), we will do all that we can to preserve marriage.
We believe in the sanctity of life.
We believe all psychological principles should be evaluated through the grid of Scripture, and that Scripture always holds final authority.
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Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19) Adults Children (6 to 10) Elders (65+) Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
New Life Counseling is a Blue Cross Blue Shield preferred provider; some of our counselors also accept some forms of United Healthcare, Aetna, and Cigna. Clients are responsible for contacting their personal insurance company to confirm mental health benefits before attending their first session, and are responsible for any insurance co-pays and/or deductibles. We provide a sliding fee for sessions with our interns- please contact us to discuss the sliding scale fee.

Practice Details

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Virtual Therapy
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License type, State and number
LMHC(Licenced Mental Health Counselor), BCPC (Board Certified professional counselor)
Licensed in Iowa- #00178

Contact Information

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227 NW School St
Ankeny, Iowa, 50023
United States
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