Christine Hopfgarten MBACP (accred), BABCP (accred), BPC, PgDip CBT, PgDip Psych
8-9 Talbot Court
City Of London / Aldgate / Monument
At the heart of therapy is the relationship between you and your therapist so it's important that you find someone who you like and trust. I hope that the information found here will help you make the right choice.
I have been a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 10 years and specialise in and have long-standing experience in helping clients who are experiencing relationship issues. This can include having problems with intimacy, trust or feeling very anxious when around others. It might also show itself as a sense of not fitting in or feeling worthless compared to others and having difficulties having fulfilling friendships or intimate relationships.
The kind of relationships I help people to improve range from intimate relationships, to relationships with family members and at work. I also see people who feel they find it hard to start and maintain relationships.
I am a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist and offer three different kinds of therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Counselling/Psychotherapy and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT).
Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy will help you to develop as a whole person and can help with a range of psychological difficulties. It can have tremendous effect on how see yourself as well as how you relate to yourself and others. During therapy we will also explore and makes sense of your difficult feelings, resistances and fears, longings and disappointments and how these affect you in your day to day living.
While counselling is usually more short-term and focuses more on current stresses and life event, psychotherapy is usually more long-term and takes time to focus on more deeper issues which might have been affecting your life.
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a short-term 16 session psychodynamic therapy model. During therapy we will work on helping you to understand the connection between your presenting symptoms and what is happening in your relationships through identifying a core repetitive pattern of relating. Once this pattern is identified, it will be used to make sense of difficulties in relationships in the here-and-now that contribute to psychological distress.
EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitisation Processing) was originally developed as a treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or unresolved trauma. Since its development, ample research has been published to support its effectiveness - not only in the treatment of trauma, but a range of other difficulties.
CBT looks at how your problems from the past are maintained in the “here and now”. It does this by having a closer look at the thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical symptoms you experience in problematic situations and how these link together. We will then be able to help you to learn new methods of coping and problem solving which you can use for the rest of your life. When working within a CBT model, I also draw on other theoretical models such as Compassion Focused Therapy and mindfulness - adapting to every client’s needs and preferences.
Sessions also involve working with possibilities for change and growth, acknowledging your resources and inner qualities, helping you to heal and move forwards.
If you are interested in more information about CBT and Psychodynamic Counselling/Psychotherapy as well as Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, you can visit my web page: www.infinitumtherapy.co.uk
My web page also includes a Blog where I write about themes and concepts, which I feel are relevant for my clients and which you might find interesting and helpful.
My clinical therapy room is conveniently situated in central London, in the City of London, close to Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Aldgate and Monument.
The therapy room is situated in a building that is tugged away in a little side street, therefore ideal for protecting my clients' privacy and confidentiality.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years working as a therapist and specialise in helping clients with relationship issues.
I am passionate about helping people to develop their full potential and to help clients to identify and overcome their difficulties. I am thoughtful and reflective in my approach and am particularly skilled in helping you uncover deeper issues which might be holding you back.
I have experience as a CBT Psychotherapist, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist as well as a DIT Therapist, working for a variety of services in the NHS as well as the private and voluntary sector. Further to my private work, I presently also hold a post as a staff therapist for the London Fire Brigade.
I initially trained as a psychodynamic counsellor/therapist and have since further developed my skills and knowledge in a variety of psychological treatment models, including having completed my postgraduate advanced studies in CBT. I am accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I am also qualified in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and am accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). DIT is an effective short-term psychodynamic model, which is now widely offered in IAPT services and has been thoroughly researched. If you would like to have more information on this model, please visit my web page or the official DIT web page: http://www.d-i-t.org/
I am an experienced and fully trained EMDR practitioner and have treated clients with a range of difficulties.vIf you would like to find out more about EMDR, please visit the EMDR UK & Ireland Website, which is the leading organisation for EMDR in the UK. The website has some useful information, including what EMDR therapy is like and its effectiveness: http://emdrassociation.org.uk/
If you are looking for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), please note that most therapists, including Clinical Psychologists, will only have a limited amount of training in this model and might only have attended a few days training. In comparison, I am a fully qualified CBT Therapist have completed a two year specialist training in CBT as well as being accredited by the BABCP.
I have a wealth of experience of treating mild to very severe mental health problems, which I have gained through working in NHS mental health community and crisis intervention services as well as working in general adult psychological services.
- BSc in Psychology (University of East London)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF Therapy London)
- PgDip in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling (University of Brighton)
- PgDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (London South Bank University)
- Practitioner Training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
- Completed EMDR practitioner training (part 1-3)
I am committed to on-going CPD and have completed a range of further specialised training courses, including:
Compassion Focused Therapy,
OCD Masterclass in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,
Mentalization Based Therapy in Practice,
PTSD Masterclass in CBT - Safe and effective reliving,
Eating Disorders: Psychotherapeutic Approaches, Mindfulness meditation and practice, Body dysmorphic disorder,
Recognition, assessment and treatment (CBT),
Psychodynamic Approaches to Addiction,
Scapegoating and Bullying in Organisations
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My expertise as a Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist lies within helping people with relationship and identity issues as well as severe and long-standing difficulties.
My expertise as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist lies within helping people with anxiety related problems, such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Stress, Sleep Problems and Social Anxiety Disorder/Phobia.
CBT has been shown to be highly effective in these areas.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
I offer mid to long-term psychodynamic therapy and short to mid-term CBT.
My fee structure is as follows:
I aim to offer a fair fee structure, reflecting the quality of service I can offer, the level of training I have completed and my level of expertise. My fees are slightly higher for CBT due to the specialist training I have completed. However, I have found that they are still very competitive in comparison with the fees other psychologists and therapy providers charge in the City of London.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: £90
Psychodynamic Counselling/Therapy: £70 (depending on income, time of appointment and length of therapy I might be able to offer concessions)
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) £70 per session, required to commit to full
(brief psychodynamic therapy) course of treatment (16 sessions)
Online Counselling: please contact me to discuss fees
For you to get the most out of the work, I usually suggest that we meet weekly at an agreed upon time, but I am happy to meet less frequently if we agree that that is suitable for what you are looking for.
We will agree to work together for a fixed number of sessions, or keep it open-ended.
You will also find me through these Professional Registers:
BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists:
"Find a Therapist" website of the BABCP:
BPC web page:
I am registered with these private health care insurance companies to offer CBT and psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy:
Aviva Health, AXA PPP, CIGNA, PruHealth, Simplyhealth, WPA
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday evening Thursday morning and afternoon Friday morning and afternoon I might possibly have other slots available. Please send me an email for further details.
Types of client