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Guiding You to Authentic Self-Discovery

A holistic approach to coaching that acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in personal growth and development.

Nurturing Your Inner Wisdom

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Client-Centered Approach

As your coach, your needs, goals, and aspirations are at the forefront of our work together. Rather than prescribing solutions or giving advice, I am here to guide you on a journey of self-discovery, tapping into your innate inner wisdom and finding your unique path forward.

My coaching approach is deeply rooted in recognizing the intricate interconnectedness of various aspects of your life. Your are a multifaceted person, encompassing physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. I approach coaching by embracing the entirety of who you are, facilitating growth and transformation in all areas of your life.

Central to my coaching style is the unwavering support I offer. Together, we co-create a space for you to explore opportunities for personal growth and development. With my heart-centered presence and authentic empathy, I create trust and connection, paving the way for profound insights and breakthroughs to emerge.

Ultimately, my goal is to ignite within you a renewed passion for living authentically. Together, we embark on a journey of self-discovery, where you fully embrace your dreams, values, and purpose. This journey is about tapping into your inner wisdom, uncovering your true self, and aligning with your deepest desires.

Coaching & Therapy
What is the Difference?

The choice between coaching and therapy ultimately depends on your needs, preferences, and goals. By understanding the distinctions between coaching and therapy, you can make informed decisions about which approach is best aligned with your current situation and desired outcomes.

Still Unsure? Schedule a Complimentary Discovery Session to Explore the Potential of our Partnership

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Compassionate Space Holding

I create a compassionate space for you to explore your inner world and challenges. This space allows you to feel supported and understood as you navigate your personal and professional journey.

Attunement to Inner Wisdom

I honor your inner wisdom and intuition as a guiding force for self-realization and growth. I encourage you to turn inward and trust your instincts. This creates a practice of making choices aligned with your true self.

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 Companioning Grief & Loss

Drawing from both personal and professional experiences, I create a supportive environment where your grief is honored and embraced. Additionally, I have received specialized training in providing companionship to individuals navigating grief, loss, or significant life transitions.

Professionalism and Boundaries

I maintain professionalism and healthy boundaries while working with you, creating a safe and respectful coaching relationship. This includes being grounded in my own body while paying attention to somatic and energetic cues from you.

The past few years have seemed like one incredible transition after another, and in the midst of it all, Donna Gray has been a much needed, consistent, and grounding presence in my life. Donna has been my witness, space holder, question asker, and kindness giver.  I appreciate her gifts of reflection, compassion, and especially her courage to ask some of the more challenging questions that help me dig a bit deeper for my truth. It's incredibly valuable to have a coach I can trust, and I can lean  into deeply and fully. 

 – Sheri

My children,

Ryan & Krista

Me and my Charlie Girl

Ryan lives forever in my heart

Meet Donna GrayLMBT

Presence Based Coach

Esalen® Massage Practitioner

Esalen® Massage Provisional Teacher

Hello, I'm Donna Gray, and I'm honored to share a bit about myself with you. In 2013, I followed the call of the majestic mountains of North Carolina, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the DC Metro area. The mountains whispered to my soul, and I listened. Embracing a new chapter in my life, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

At the age of 50, I transitioned into a career as a massage therapist, trained in the nurturing and presence-based techniques of Esalen. Now, as I step into a new decade of my life, I find myself drawn to another avenue of holistic healing — coaching. Guided by the principles of Doug Silsbee's Presence Based Coaching, I'm passionate about empowering individuals to tap into their inner wisdom and unlock their full potential.

However, my journey has also been marked by profound loss and grief. I've experienced loved ones' struggles with addiction, endured the pain of two divorces, and faced the heartache of saying goodbye to beloved pets. I've helped care for both my parents so they could die in the comfort of their own home; cancer took my mom in 2003 and my dad in 2018.


June 10, 2021 is a day that literally sent me to my knees with a guttural scream that came from my soul.  My beautiful son, Ryan, died by suicide. My heart shattered into a million pieces. I now know how going in to shock protects people that are experiencing the unimaginable. That day is a blur of heart wrenching agony and total disbelief. With the grace of my friends and family gently holding me, I got through the first hour, then day, then week . . . my intense grief was all consuming and at times debilitating. 


I leaned in to my grief and allowed my feelings to come to the surface, at times it seemed too much to bear. Releasing layer after layer of emotions, then sitting spent staring at the walls. Craving a big hug from Ryan, wanting to hear his laugh, and see his baby blue eyes. Saying his name out loud over and over. Yet, in the midst of darkness, I very slowly began to see glimmers of hope. Like the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi, where broken pottery is repaired with gold, I began to mend my broken heart. Through honoring my son's life and love, I have discovered strength in vulnerability and resilience in the face of tragedy.  


I will never "get over" my grief. I am learning to live my best life with my grief of losing Ryan. Today, I am committed to companioning others through their own journeys of grief, loss, and life transitions. My experiences have taught me that healing is a process — one that requires patience, compassion, and a willingness to embrace imperfection.

As I continue to walk this path of healing and transformation, I invite you to join me. Together, let us discover the beauty in our brokenness and uncover the wisdom that resides within us all.

With warmth and compassion,  

Donna Gray

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