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Dr Penny Lenihan
BSc(Hons).MSc.DPsych.Couns.CPsychol.AFBPSs.HCPC Registered
Senior Gender Specialist and Consultant Psychologist.

Dr Penny Lenihan
I am a Senior Gender Specialist and Consultant Psychologist, a BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist and an HCPC Registered Doctor of Counselling Psychology, Practitioner Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist. 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, professional conferences and have been a contributory author to key professional clinical guidelines in relation to gender and sexualities. I was Head of Psychology/Lead Consultant Psychologist at Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic for over 15 years, as well providing independent clinical care and training for over 25 years. I now work full time in the independent sector, but I continue to provide consultation, supervision and training within the NHS by arrangement. I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of 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 included on the HM Government Gender Recognition Panel's list of specialists in the field of gender dysphoria.

I provide specialist psychological assessments and follow-up sessions including reviews for endorsement of hormone therapy, reviews for endorsement of all types of gender surgeries, psychotherapy and specialist reports for legal gender recognition applications. I also have a specialist interest in autism and am a professional member of the National Autism Society. I aim to deliver a professional, but also individually focused service with a view to clients feeling well supported, fully involved and informed, throughout all aspects of their care. If I endorse clients for hormone therapy, then they will be referred for an appointment on site with a skilled experienced medical team, including a prescribing clinical nurse specialist and a medical consultant, to review physical health and starting the endocrine treatment. Blood tests are ideally done prior to the medical appointment, organised by clients with their GPs. Assuming no medical contraindications hormone therapy can then be initiated through private prescription or GP prescription, depending on whether the patient's GP is amenable to prescribing at that stage. Some GPs are more comfortable continuing rather than initiating a prescription in relation to private treatment. If there are medical contraindications/complexity, then a referral may be made to a Consultant Endocrinologist. For surgical referrals, a referral letter and a copy of the consultation report will be sent to the client's selected surgeon. On site consultations at my practice can also be arranged, if required, for most types of gender surgeries. As an adult gender specialist, I do not see clients under the age of 18 and only a limited number of 18-21 year olds.

Please contact me on Enquiries@drpennylenihan.com if you would like to discuss arranging an appointment.

 
   
For appointments/correspondence to Dr Lenihan
please email: Enquiries@drpennylenihan.com
 
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