Meet Your Coach

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

With over 40 years of experience in counseling and coaching, I help my clients to improve their lives, feel better, and achieve their goals.

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

 

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My Journey

I grew up in a dysfunctional family.

As an unhappy, struggling teenager, I was intrigued by why people were unhappy and struggling emotionally.

I wanted 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 counselor who could help people 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 I took a short career detour (actually it was a long, meandering detour). I became a software 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), health coaching (YHC), and life coaching. 

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 with antibiotics for 8 years. That's right - 8 years straight on antibiotics! Fantastic for gut health, I know!

I believe this 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 when I was 34 years old - during my final pregnancy.

The standard treatment was a lifetime of medications that had some really bad side-effects.

I decided to try a different approach. 

This distressing diagnosis launched my interest in and pursuit of natural medicine.  In 1993, I began my study of how to manage autoimmune conditions using diet and lifestyle.

Along the way, I became certified in a number of healing modalities and techniques.

I managed to address my own 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 journey.


Bringing it all Together

In 2018, I combined my counseling with health coaching into one pursuit - and The Lifest was born.

The Lifest Life Coaching can help you improve your life, feel better, and achieve your goals. Whether you want to improve your physical health, your emotional health, relationships, or set and achieve goals, coaching can help.

Coaching helps you identify what's going on in your own brain that's keeping you from achieving the results you want in your life. 

I specialize in showing you where you're stuck and what needs to change even when you can't see it yourself. 

I love watching my clients achieve goals they previously thought were impossible!

My greatest joy is to help people transform into who they were meant to be - to live their best lives.

That's why I do what I do.

I help others to optimize the physical and emotional experiences.

I help people to heal.

I help people to thrive!

Happy Clients!

  • The Lifest Lifestyle

    “• 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 Lifestyle

    “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 Lifestyle

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

  • The Lifest Lifestyle

    “"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