ANONYMISED FEEDBACK KINDLY PROVIDED BY CLIENTS WHO HAVE HAD SESSIONS WITH SHAHROO
"I learned so much from this one session and have no hesitation suggesting that you meet with this wonderful, inspirational and knowledgeable woman can also highly recommend her book The Last Diet. Shahroo can change your life too."
It’s hard to describe what happened when I met Shahroo for the first time, but I think it was the moment when I stopped feeling angry and disappointed with myself (for drinking before lunchtime). Shahroo kindly gave me permission to be in a muddle about what to feel and how to behave in the switch from a busy career – with lots of recognition - to a relatively-boring, certainly-obscure retirement. I see now that the muddle is all about structure and identity, how we spend our time, and the way we see ourselves. After our first meeting, Shahroo and I set up some agreed rules for my behaviour in the next few days. Meanwhile, I read the first chapters in her book, ‘The Kindness Method’and I did some of the maps prompted in the book. These really switched my perspective and made me ambitious for the outcome of our Coaching agreement. Shahroo set me a prosaic, rather less-demanding scheme for the next few weeks than that which I then set for myself. It was as if she and her book - had flicked a switch. At first, I stopped drinking altogether for about 5 days; then I allowed myself to have a glass or two at dinner. Instead of getting upset about this lapse, I accepted that I had stopped boozing in the daytime, and that this was what I really want for myself. I’m still cooking lovely dinners which I enjoy with a couple of glasses of wine. I’m very grateful to Shahroo or helping me to recognise my need to go on working. It’s an identity thing. I may be 70, but I’m not yet ready to retire! I'm not a hopeless alcoholic! I'm working again, I'm not bored, I have a structure to my days, and I'm really happy.
"Shahroo's sessions are both fun and practical. They have provided me with a much better sense of who I am as she makes me feel so at ease and comfortable. I have shared honesty I didn't think I was capable of and as a result I feel more confident and my daily life is much less stressful and manageable. I would suggest these sessions to anyone who feels like their life could be be better lived and who is ready to take that first step. The life coaching and career advice has helped immeasurably and given me the confidence to put myself forward and do things I have only ever dreamed of. (THANK YOU SHAHROO!) In the sessions we cover lots of areas, relationships, family & friends, work and day to day feelings and situations. There is nothing that I feel we have not covered and I know that I can always bring tricky topics to the conversation."
"Shahroo changed my life! Prior to meeting her, I had given up hope that I would ever be able to consume alcohol in a non-destructive way. She helped me gain insight into myself by making me address the root of why I continue with negative and self-sabotaging behaviour. I am eternally grateful to Shahroo for providing me with the tools to change years of repetitive and damaging behaviour."
"Twenty years of trying to solve, fix, address and essentially ease a dysfunctional relationship with both food and my body, I went to see Shahroo after hearing her talk more sense than anyone I'd heard before on the subject of creating lasting behavioural change. I am one of the many women who've tried it 'all' - retreats, 12 step programme, therapy, EFT, meditation, diets, exercise, fasting retreats, detoxes, you name it I've probably given it a go. So I approached my session with Shahroo with enthusiasm tempered by two decades of dashed hopes - no one could ever accuse me of giving up. But she was all I hoped, and more. Her basic premise, that the best way to get yourself to change is by being kind to yourself, is both radical and simple. Make no mistake, it doesn't make the work easy, but it does make it workable and the journey far more enjoyable than any I've come across before. Her voice of reason feels like a life raft in the sea of experts promising to take the pain of body and food issues away; her work is accessible, sensible and, most importantly, hopeful. She's been there, she gets it and, with her experience and training, she's the safest pair of hands you could be lucky enough to end up in."
"I have to say that the 2 hr session with you has been the best session I have had so far in my life. I have discovered so much about myself that I didn’t know and things that I was doing without knowing.It is mind-blowing. I know it is too early to say but I feel something different inside me, like something clicked. I feel very motivated to start this new journey with the tools we talked and that you explained in your email."
I have always had a sugar addiction of some sort. But over the last months it had gotten out of control. I would eat chocolate as early as 8.30 or 9 in the morning out of frustration, anger or desperation. If a stressful situation came up at work or if someone annoyed me I would reach for something sweet. Even though I have never been overweight I started to feel ill at ease in my body. I just knew it was bad, very bad for me. The worst was that I allowed others to control me. How could I eat chocolate because someone annoyed me?? When I found the Kindness Method, I read it cover to cover and worked out all the maps in just a few days. I love the letter I wrote to myself to remind me why I did not want to be addicted to sugar anymore. I also loved looking at all that I am good at and at all that I love. And to picture myself in 6 months or a year. I was able to switch gears almost immediatley. Yes, it was hard at first and it’s still work in progress. However I have experienced major successes. My favourite one is where after a really intense day at work I stopped and noticed: "I haven’t even thought of eaten something sweet. The idea hasn’t even crossed my mind." That is huge for me! I love the concept of how do I want to feel, who do I want to be , how do I want others to see me. It really helped me make it real and to keep going. I am really grateful for this method and it has inspired me to address other areas of my life in that way too.
"Since my childhood I have an unbalanced relationship with sugar, as most of us do, relying on its sweetness for celebrations, support, revenge and to find a place which I feel at home. Shahroo session, book and talks have put my reliance on sugar in perspective in a very simple, manageable way which I carry with me and use to make better decisions (most of the time!). Shahroo has broken down my sugar connections, put them in perspective in relation to my life journey so far, and demystified the sense of lack of control, showing me how to approach my impulses, if and when I wanted to. I'm grateful for her vision, honesty and direct words, with true kindness and direction. I wish I had Shahroo in my life on a daily basis!"
"I am delighted to provide a testimonial for Shahroo who I first contacted after seeing an article in Red magazine. The first thing I would say is that Shahroo really cares. I got a very prompt response to my initial email following the magazine article and we met up a couple of weeks later in London. Shahroo has been an enormous help to me on my journey towards a healthier, happier and kinder lifestyle. Our sessions have helped me to understand that I had rewarded myself with food when the long term effects of that reward system were to make me feel worse about myself - and to continue increasing my weight - which made me feel dreadful. This approach was making me ‘treat’ myself with food all the more! And so, prior to meeting Shahroo the weight had piled on!! And stayed on! Through working with Shahroo I've learned to be kinder to myself rather than perpetuate a broken cycle of reward through food now. Even on holidays to hotels I take a fruit bowl and eat from that if I really need something. Or leave it if I don't ! Following my conversations with Shahroo I have started a regular exercise programme 4 times a week - yes you can find time if you really want to! I’m now in the gym at 7am rather than at my desk. I resisted this for ages saying I didn't have the time but I love my exercise now and am so glad I started. I think of my work with Shahroo in phases- in phase 1 last year I lost a stone and kept it off. I'm now on phase 2 as I have many more stones to go. I have found that in working with Shahroo I am consolidating lessons learned and moving forward positively and with confidence. Overall I really enjoy our sessions - they can be as infrequent or frequent as you wish. I would highly recommend Shahroo's approach which overall is grounded in being kind to yourself - which on reflection I hadn't been for a very long time."
"My session with Shahroo came at a time that I had already been working on changing my own habits independently for about 10 months, but was struggling to take that final step. Shahroo helped me realise the root of my habit, something that i had never been able to do on my own and it was a pivotal moment in life for me. For that, i am truly grateful. We then worked to create tangible, effective tools to aid me in using this knowledge to change unwanted habits for good. Shahroo is kind and patient and, for me, her method is simple but the only thing that has ever 'worked', Iwould recommend anyone that was thinking about it to take the leap."
"My session with Shahroo encompassed so much more than just the behaviours I wanted to change; she really helped me look at myself and my life as a whole, and her incredible insights gave me a new perspective on some things I had been struggling with for a while. I was honestly amazed at the impact a single session could have on my whole outlook. She’s totally straight up, but never judgmental, and she has really fun and transformational strategies to help you make changes."
"Genuinely loved connecting with Shahroo on our call. Her ability to pin point exactly where I was struggling in such a short space of time was beyond impressive! She unravelled things I have known to be 'problem' areas for but never new why so concisely. During our call I had some many mind shifts away feeling empowered, not because anything had changed but rather my mindset had shifted. I look forward to putting our plan into action !!"
"I came across Shahroo's work while listening to the Deliciously Ella podcast. That conversation resonated with me so much that I booked a one-on-one session via Skype. The session was very useful. It felt like I was telling my friend about my crap, and then having her respond by providing me with practical strategies to use to change my behaviour. Strategies that are rooted in science but also in kindness. The thing that made Shahroo's session unique was her empathetic acknowledgement that changing undesired behaviour is hard, but that humans can do hard things and that we owe it to ourselves to make the changes we desire. I'm grateful to have had the privilege to talk with her, and I've continued to use and think about her suggestions as I make changes in the way I treat myself."
"I'm not sure how I could explain my sessions with Shahroo other than she was the first person in a long time who gave me a safe space to explore me. It was a space in which I was able to express myself without judgment, or prejudice based on my labels or files. There are 1000 things that I could say are special about these sessions, but all of these reasons are on the basis of who Shahroo is as a person. One of my favourite aspects of our sessions where that whatever I came with, whether tears, anger, sadness, excitement or glee about that day or my past she helped me to find a solution. Sometimes that was simply writing items down, other times it was tasks to help me change my thought process. All of these session accumulated to roughly over a year, in that time I truly believe that I became a different person (I could also get through a whole session without crying, i for one didn’t believe that could happen!!) and I am now over 3 years sober, living in my permeant home and am studying at a top London university. I couldn't be here without her."
"A single session with Shahroo has given me more insight into my habits than years of therapy ever did. From the initial booking to the follow up emails and material, Shahroo takes great care into the work she does. The whole process is seamless and I saw positive changes in my behaviour as early as our first session. What’s so unique about Izadi's approach is that she hands you the tools and insights you need to look after yourself. Instead of white knuckling and approaching change with fear and despair, you feel empowered to make the changes you’ve always hoped for. And maybe best of all... Shahroo prepares you for all the hurdles you may encounter along the way. Don't think twice about making a booking."
"I bought Shahroo’s book after seeing a few write ups in various magazines. The Kindness Method totally resonated with me and for the first time in years of endless diets, exercise routines, bouts of bingeing, being hard on myself - I stopped and everything seemed to click. I wanted to take things further and contacted Shahroo to have a proper consultation with her on a one to one basis. As I live miles away, we decided on doing this over Skype at a mutually convenient time. It has categorically been the best investment to myself and my personal growth I have ever made. I am healthier, happier and so much more kinder to myself. If you're considering speaking to Shahroo then I would say please just do it, you will thank yourself for taking a significant life-transforming step towards living your best life"
"A session with Shahroo is a reset...she calmly goes through your life and your dilemmas and leaves you with a game plan to get on with. She is very empowering and encouraging without being remotely bossy.....it’s a great combination."
"I have always had a sugar addiction of some sort. But over the last months it had gotten out of control. I would eat chocolate as early as 8.30 or 9 in the morning out of frustration, anger or desperation. If a stressful situation came up at work or if someone annoyed me I would reach for something sweet. Even though I have never been overweight I started to feel ill at ease in my body. I just knew it was bad, very bad for me. The worst was that I allowed others to control me. How could I eat chocolate because someone annoyed me?? When I found the Kindness Method, I read it cover to cover and worked out all the maps in just a few days. I love the letter I wrote to myself to remind me why I did not want to be addicted to sugar anymore. I also loved looking at all that I am good at and at all that I love. And to picture myself in 6 months or a year. I was able to switch gears almost immediately. Yes, it was hard at first and it’s still work in progress. However I have experienced major successes. My favourite one is where after a really intense day at work I stopped and noticed: "I haven’t even thought of eaten something sweet. The idea hasn’t even crossed my mind." That is huge for me! I love the concept of how do I want to feel, who do I want to be , how do I want others to see me. It really helped me make it real and to keep going. I am really grateful for this method and it has inspired me to address other areas of my life in that way too."