I’m Shohreh (rhymes with foray), and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I live and work on land in Austin, Texas that is the unceded territory of the Tonkawa and Comanche tribes.
I’m a self-trust coach, a bit of a mind witch (at least according to my clients), a former lawyer, and the host of the Redefining Health & Wellness podcast.
I help people figure out who they are and what they value so that they always have an inner compass to rely on when faced with hard decisions.
Over the past four years, I’ve provided guidance and encouragement to a whole lot of smart, badass people to help them move in the direction they want to go in life. Food, body image, health, pleasure, perfectionism, career aspirations, activism—if it has to do with well-being and sense of self, there’s a good chance I’ve coached it.
One thing that folx tend to notice about me right away is that I am unapologetically myself. People are often surprised to discover that I am the same person in real life as I am on the internet and on my podcast. But it wasn’t always that way. I used to be obsessed with following the “rules” and hitting expected milestones.
Back when I was an attorney, I felt like I was two different people—“Real” Shohreh and “Work” Shohreh. As Work Shohreh, I had to run everything through filters. Was I dressed “appropriately”? Did I come off as too aggressive or arrogant? Would my colleagues be embarrassed by me or judge me? When I was in Work Shohreh mode, I had to shrink my personality to fit in.
Meanwhile, Real Shohreh—mixed-race, queer, neurodiverse Shohreh—was screaming inside to be heard. I daydreamed about getting more tattoos and dyeing my hair purple. I felt stifled creatively and hated the brain space that was being taken up by thinking about how to be palatable enough for other people.
I didn’t want to have to hide Real Shohreh anymore.
I wanted to be accepted and embraced as my authentic self.
Even though I got really good at being Work Shohreh in the office, the act was always exhausting to perform. So I eventually left my legal career and started my own coaching business to give myself the space to be me, and to help others do the same.
I know what it’s like to stuff down your own wants and needs because you feel like you have to conform to get by. I know how constricting it is to try to fit yourself into uncomfortable boxes because others think you’re “too much.” But what if you could lay down some of the heavy burden you’ve been carrying that you never should have had to shoulder in the first place?
How much of the Real You is actually calling the shots in your life? Because you deserve to take up space and speak your truth so that the Real You no longer has to scream to be heard. It’s possible for you to move beyond surviving to a place where you’re truly thriving.
As a self-trust coach, I want to help you embody consciousness, care, and courage so that you’re grounded in yourself. Rather than strictly being shaped by the world around you, I want to guide you to step into your power and shape the world right back.
More About Me
- 4+ years of coaching experience
- Juris Doctor Summa Cum Laude (my law license is in good standing and on inactive status)
- Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
- ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
- Motivational Interviewing Training for Weight-Inclusive Providers course
- How to Write About Gender webinar – McKensie Mack
- Whiteness At Work webinar – The Adaway Group
Teachers & Influences:
- Kelly Diels
- Evelyn Tribole
- Sonya Renee Taylor
- Ijeoma Oluo
- Christy Harrison
- Ilya Parker
- Dr. Kristin Neff
- Alex Locust
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- All of my incredible clients
- Glitter and rainbows
- Thoughtful gifts
- Afternoon naps
- Cuddling with doggos
- Drinking hot tea
- Hiking in beautiful places
- Eating sweets
- Getting new tattoos
I think it’s important for you to know who you’ll be working with. I am a mixed-race, queer, and neurodiverse woman. I have olive skin, dark features, and a non-white name, so I both experience racial discrimination and benefit from proximity to whiteness. I don’t have any physical disabilities at this time and my ADHD is not visible. I grew up in a mostly white suburb in an upper-middle-class family with stable access to food, housing, and healthcare. I have an advanced degree. I also benefit from thin and pretty privilege.
I name these things because they have affected how I interact with the world and how the world interacts with me. I am committed to doing my own work to interrogate my biases, and I am always open to feedback and correction. I promise to listen to those who have been harmed by my mistakes and learn how to do better in the future.
My personal and professional work is rooted in: (1) Health At Every Size (HAES), fat liberation, and the downfall of diet and wellness culture; (2) radical queerness and seeing beyond the binary of gender identity and sexual orientation; (3) anti-racism, reparations, and abolishing white supremacy; (4) feminism (not the white kind or the TERF kind), consent, and destroying the patriarchy.
Lastly, I recognize that there are many systemic factors at play that lead to wealth disparity in our society, and financial resources should not be the only determining factor in whether or not someone can access services/care/etc. For this reason, I have committed to providing ~10% of my services pro bono to those with marginalized identities who are low income. I also provide services at a range of price points, offer payment plans (and do not charge extra fees or interest to access them), and pour a lot of time and energy into free content and resources.