Dr Penny Lenihan

Dr Penny LENIHAN is the Lead Consultant Psychologist/ Head of Psychology  at the Gender Identity Clinic. She is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist/ Associate Fellow, an accredited member of the Division of Counselling Psychology, a member of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities section, a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)  Registered Counselling Psychologist, a member of the British Association of Gender Specialists (BAGIS), a member of the European Professional Association of Transgender Health (EPATH) and a member of the World Professional Association Of Transgender Health (WPATH).

She is recognised by HM Courts and Tribunals Service as a Specialist in the field of Gender Dysphoria, for preparing medical reports for the Gender Recognition Panel. She has over 25 years’ experience helping and supporting clients with a range of  issues, including specialising in sexualities and transgender healthcare for over 20 years. She has been at Charing Cross GIC since 2002. As well as her clinical work, Dr Lenihan is also a longstanding academic (including 10 years teaching and research at Royal Free & UCL Medical School) who has produced a large number of publications and national and international conference presentations. She has been and is a reviewer and on the editorial board for various professional journals.

Dr Lenihan is passionate about training and delivers workshops, lectures and other training events, individual and group supervision, as well as arranging and chairing professional conferences. She developed and manages the GIC psychology department which has a supervised specialist training placement programme for psychologists. Alongside gender and sexualities, Dr Lenihan has a specialist interest in autism and working with individuals on the autistic spectrum. She is currently working towards making the adult gender service a more autism friendly environment with improved service provision for autistic service users.