Dr Penny 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 BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist and an HCPC Registered Doctor of Counselling Psychology, Practitioner Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist. I am also on the British Psychological Society Register of Gender Diversity Specialists, as a recognised expert in the field.
I have worked in the NHS, the third sector and in academia, including leading medical schools. I have been widely published in peer reviewed journals, books and professional conferences. 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, as well providing independent clinical care and training for over 25 years. I now work full time in the independent sector, but also provide consultation, supervision and training within the NHS. I work closely still with my NHS colleagues and am committed to delivering high quality care in the private sector.
I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine, a 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 also collaborate with London Transgender Clinic. 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 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.