"Aarun mixes the rare combination of skill and heart in his counselling practice that provides a safe yet adventurous journey for clients seeking personal healing in their lives. I would not hesitate, nor have I ever hesitated in making referrals to Aarun knowing my clients are in good and professional hands."
"I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Aarun on many occasions over the past 13 years. Aarun is a skilled professional who brings both his heart and his sharp analytical mind to many different settings. Clients I have referred to him over the years have always returned to me with their personal feedback of how safe they felt and how insightful he was of their plight. I would always recommend Aarun, especially for both individual counselling and also for workshop facilitation"
"Aarun is a thoughtful and considerate counsellor and a skilled practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). He is capable of holding a client when needed and also challenging them too. He brings passion to his work and always gives of his best."
"As a project adviser for my DClin research project on the mental health of farmers, Aarun was fantastic. Not only does he have an incredible passion and understanding about the need for research in this area, his knowledge and connections with the farming community are extensive and were undoubtedly invaluable during all stages of the research process"
"I can honestly say that I find Aarun to be an amazing counsellor. He is wholly present, has great intuition and is gentle in his challenges to help you get unstuck. He’s a great example of a safe place to land."
"I want to thank you again for your time and support. It has been wonderful to see and feel the changes in myself and to know that change is possible."
"I feel more grateful, lighter, uplifted and that there is hope in what is unfolding in my life. Thank you for helping me find that real part of me. You have made a difference."
"You have a presence which is so gentle and calming and I picked up on that right away. I hope you know how much of an impact you made. Thank you for being part of my journey."
"I felt so supported by you. Your care, compassion and love for your work oozed out of you."
"Aarun Naik’s work on mental health in farming has never been more important. Somehow his work needs to get out to every farming talk group in the UK."
"One of the most poignant presentations I’ve seen. A passionate speaker on a very important topic of mental health within the farming sector. A great insight into the technical and practical skills required to build a resilient mind, network and thus business."
"It’s been a horrific year for me, with the weather and other uncertainties. The only thing I think that has allowed me to cope is the things that I have learnt from Aarun’s workshops. As a result of understanding how stress can affect you, and what it can do if you don’t manage it, I’ve been able to stay positive and look forward to a better 2019."
"I cannot start to thank you enough for your well delivered presentation. I’m now full of ideas and feel highly motivated to do something with the information."
"Mental health is an important issue for farming and one where more work is needed. As well as farmers, the course is a help for all those involved in farming and working within the agricultural industry. The half-day was well paced, and the content was interesting and insightful, and I would recommend others to take the time and attend."
"Very helpful in giving me a much better understanding of the issues surrounding mental health in the agricultural sector. The workshop was really informative, interactive and, considering it can often be an upsetting topic, overall was positive. I left feeling much more confident in knowing how to detect signs of struggle, how to provide a listening ear and who and where to refer someone I was worried about. I would definitely recommend it to people working amongst farmers and also to farmers themselves."
"Having attended lots of NHS training over the years, this session was a breath of fresh air. Aarun is skilled, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about rural mental health. The listening element was a good skill to learn. If everyone went away with just an understanding of listening then a lot has been achieved. I also found the section on what to say to start difficult conversations very helpful. "
"A really insightful event. The conversations that this event instigated around the tables were fantastic and this really helps to break the stigma around mental health and raise awareness in the rural community. It was a pleasure to be part of it."
"Informative, engaging and very useful. I felt that I was no longer the only one to find things difficult and learned that there are ways I can help myself and others I love. For me, the point about the pressure to keep things going following the passing of my father is far greater than I had acknowledged in the past and something I know I can now work through."
"One of the exercises during the workshop helped me become more aware of one of my default settings, which is to want to ‘fix’ others, to cheer them up and help solve their problems, although this may not always be helpful nor what the other person needs. A few days after the workshop I received a phone call from a farmer client who was in considerable upset and distress. I was able to use some of the techniques I had learnt. I switched off my default mode and didn’t try to save him. I gave my client time to talk and listened to him and it felt fine."
"The great feedback and praise we have had from attendees is a testament to how well this event was received. The workshop has broken down the barriers and left attendees feeling confident that they could help should they find themselves in a situation where someone is struggling or in need of assistance."
"It was eye opening and personally I found it extremely helpful as being able to take some the strategies away with me has been amazing."
"The workshop was excellent. Very helpful and insightful for my work in the rural wards and raised issues of which I was not aware. Very useful for me."
"Well structured, excellently delivered and will be of use in the future."
"An incredibly insightful and practical event. So glad to have been able to attend."
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