Lend A Hand Counselling and Psychotherapy was established in 2018 by Mary Prenty, a professionally qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
The inspiration for the practice was born from Mary’s involvement in the world of business, sport and community which alerted her to the many difficulties people encounter in their day-to-day lives. Through this experience, she has been privileged to develop excellent relationships with people from a broad spectrum of society. These relationships – and her exposure to the challenges people face – stirred a desire in her to explore the areas of counselling, psychology and psychotherapy, as she has always had a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others, and the empathy and emotional intelligence to engage with them in a meaningful way. A personal experience of serious ill-health in 2004, and the forced contemplation of her own mortality, also had a profound effect on her.
All of these experiences, led her to return to studies to pursue these interests, and she qualified from Middlesex University, London in 2013 with a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and she continues to invest in her professional development completing courses in Sandplay Therapy, Addiction Studies, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Body Psychotherapy, Suicide Intervention Skills (CAMS), Leadership and Executive Coaching and Reflexology. View all Mary’s qualifications below.
Mary is a member of the Connacht GAA Health and Wellbeing committee which is proactive in the use of alcohol, drugs and gambling amongst players and the committee are constantly pushing the boundaries in relation to Policy changes. She is Secretary of the East Mayo GAA Board and she is also involved at county level in Mayo. She is a voluntary mentor with South West Mayo Development Co. which is an organisation committed to the economic development of the region.