Dr Penny (Alex) Lenihan BSc (Hons). MSc. DPsych. Couns. CPsychol. AFBPsS. HCPC Registered Applied Psychologist. BPS Registered Gender Diversity Specialist.
I am a Senior Gender Specialist and Senior Consultant Psychologist, a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Doctor of Counselling Psychology, Practitioner Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist. I am also on the BPS Register of Gender Diversity Specialists, as a recognised expert in the field. I am an Associate Fellow of the BPS, Professional member of the British Association of Gender Specialists (BAGIS), the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), the European Association of Transgender Health (EPATH) and GenderCare. I am on the HM Government Gender Recognition Panel’s list of specialists in the field of gender dysphoria, able to provide specialist reports for applications for legal gender recognition. I am professionally qualified for remote working, a qualified cybertherapist and a practitioner member of The Person-Centred Association (TPCA). I am able to offer most types of appointments remotely.
I have worked in the NHS (Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic), social services and the third sector (various charities such as a family service unit, services for people with severe mental health issues, learning and physical disabilities, older people and neurodiverse individuals, as well as 4 years as a volunteer with The Terrence Higgins Trust (late 1980s/ early 1990s). I have been a senior research fellow and senior grade lecturer, teaching and researching at leading institutions (including the Royal Free and UCL Medical School (RFUCL)). I have been widely published in peer reviewed journals, books, national and international professional conferences. Some of my background at various universities and institutions can also be seen in my extensive publication record on my website, dating back to my undergraduate days at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE: BSc (Hons) Social Psychology), which has always been useful in bringing a wider community and social context to my work. I have been an author to key professional clinical guidelines in relation to gender and sexualities and continue to serve on working parties and committees for new developments and guidelines in the field. I was Head of Psychology/Lead Consultant Psychologist at Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic for over 15 years, where I set up and developed the psychology service and training programme. I have worked in gender and provided independent clinical care and training for over 30 years. I now work full time in the independent sector, but work closely still with my NHS colleagues and am committed to delivering high quality care in the private sector.
I am clinically accredited and licensed in diagnostic assessment of autism using gold standard measures (such as ADOS-2 and 3di) and also provide consultations, recommendations and support to individuals on the spectrum, their families and significant others. I am keen to increase access for adults to diagnostic assessments for autism and associated personalised recommendations, to facilitate improved quality of life and expression of individual strengths, meaningful life choices and uniqueness.
If you think that you may be too old to make the changes you really want to in your life, then perhaps reflect further. I have a long-standing interest in Ageing Well (including the 10 years as a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Ageing at RFUCL). I am particularly interested in the specific needs of trans and nonbinary clients over the age of 30. You are especially encouraged to contact us, if you are in that age group and would like to discuss your particular needs and requirements for appointments. I support adult clients in reaching their potential, goals and achieving a more authentic life at any age. You’re never too old to be living as you!
I take a holistic approach promoting overall wellbeing and people achieving their goals and potential. I have a strong interest in physical training, am a qualified fitness professional and a nonbinary member of IATBP. I support the inclusivity and comfort of all in sports, exercise and fitness spaces. My pronouns are they/them.
I have been registered and approved by the following insurance providers: Aviva, Cigna, Axa PP HealthCare and Bupa. Clients seeking their treatment to be covered by insurance need to check their coverage with their insurer for the type of appointment and cost, before booking an appointment.