Meet Your Coach

I’m a Certified  Professional Life Coach, Certified Yoga Health Coach, Natural Health Professional (traditional naturopath). Biblical Counselor, and a devotee of all things Keto. 

I help people optimize their physical and emotional experiences by bringing balance and harmony into their lives – body, mind, and spirit.


Sheila Gravely

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My Journey

The product of a dysfunctional family, from early adolescence I was intrigued by why people were unhappy and struggling emotionally. I developed a desire to help people feel better about themselves and to heal their emotions. My plan was to become a psychiatrist. Heading to medical school in the mid-1970s, I discovered something disappointing - mental health care wasn't health care at all - it was sick care.  Plans changed; I decided to become a psychologist - a counselor who would be able to help people to understand their thoughts, how these thoughts led to their feelings, how feelings led to their actions, and how their actions ultimately led to how their lives were turning out.

Then financial reality set in and I took a short career detour (actually it was a long, meandering detour). I became a software systems engineer, home-schooled my two children for 7 years, taught Algebra and Music at their high school, earned certifications in biblical counseling, natural health (CNHP, traditional naturopath), and health coaching (YHC). 

I counseled part-time at my church for 15 years (concurrent with engineering, "momming", and teaching), and then became Director of the Biblical Counseling Ministry, where I happily served for another 9 years.

My Health Journey

I suffered a severe case of acne when I was 16 years old, and was treated for 8 years with antibiotics. I believe this unhealthy overuse of antibiotics contributed to some health issues I experienced in my late-teens and early 20's. I believe that these early health issues were the beginning of my struggle with a serious autoimmune condition. This condition was formally diagnosed during my final pregnancy, and the standard treatment was a lifetime of medications. I decided to try a different approach. 

This distressing diagnosis launched my interest in and pursuit of natural medicine.  In 1993, I started to research and take courses to learn how to manage my condition using diet and lifestyle. Along the way, I became certified in a number of healing modalities and techniques, I managed to address my health issues using nutrition and other wellness practices (I do not take any pharmaceutical medications), and I developed a passion for helping others navigate their own wellness paths.

Bringing it all Together

In mid-2018, after the passing of my mother, I decided to combine my counseling skills with my natural health practitioner and health coaching skills into one pursuit; and The Lifest was born. I call this combined effort Holistic Life Coaching. 

 


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Happy Clients!

  • The Lifest

    “• I feel better in my body.
    • I eat a healthier diet.
    • I have better eating habits.
    • I sleep better
    • I have more energy.
    • I've developed better self-care habits.
    • I have a stronger, more consistent meditation practice. ”

  • The Lifest

    “The experience with my coach was informative and productive. I found myself connecting to the transformative way of self care in all aspects. Simply put, Sheila's professional and personal guidance allowed for me to understand and comprehend the information...the group discussion led by her allowed each in the group to share their thoughts, accomplishments, and even setbacks. Her instruction afforded me to truly look at myself without condemnation, but, to press in to do the changes that would be productive and helpful for my well-being”

  • The Lifest

    “My experience was lovely! I learned so much and truly felt cared for and encouraged.”

  • The Lifest

    “"Sheila has helped me uncover the deeper roots of my anxiety, walking me through how to recognize my thoughts and change them to then alter my resulting emotions. Through this, I have been able to sooner recognize my anxiety and approach it in a healthy way. She is such a caring listener, and she has helped me see the overall narrative of how I approach the world and how I continuously need to come back to the promises of God. I can tell that I am steadily growing through her wisdom and our time together."

    Thank you SO much for all that you do!! ”

    Campus Staff Minister | Greek InterVarsity, University of Virginia

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