Change Begins Today CBT Ltd
Change Begins Today CBT Ltd 

About Us:

At Change Begins Today CBT Ltd, we have a range of therapists based in different locations.  We understand that for many people, choosing to pursue therapy is a difficult decision, and will support you in this process.  Your preference based on needs, availability and location will be discussed with you, and you will be able to talk to your therapist on the phone prior to committing to any appointment if you wish.  There are no hidden fees or expectations that you will commit to a ‘block’ of sessions at the outset. Therapy is individual because people are different.  Our therapists have different experience and skills, but all are accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (  Our therapists work in both the NHS and the private sector.  They are experienced working with adults, children and adolescents across a variety of settings including education and healthcare.  As such, we are unique in the skill and experience base we draw from.

Our Services:

Change Begins Today CBT Ltd offers individual therapy and training services delivered by motivated, skilled and experienced therapists.  We offer CBT, ACT and EMDR.  We work with a range of difficulties including:

Anxiety                                                                    Bereavement

Stress                                                                       Anger management

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)              Health Anxiety

Trauma                                                                    Generalised Health Anxiety (GAD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)             Worry

Panic and panic attacks                                        Agoraphobia

Specific phobias                                                     Depression

Low mood                                                               Low self esteem

Low self-confidence                                              Work related stress

Chronic pain                                                            Insomnia                                                                            

We are delighted to add 'Walk and Talk' CBT sessions to our options for clients in the beautiful woodland setting of our new office Location in Ransom Wood, NG21 0HJ.

We work with adults, young people and children.

Children and Young Adults can struggle to manage challenging life situations and events such as family breakdown, bereavement or bullying, exam stress or social demands can be overwhelming. Change Begins Today CBT has therapists who are experienced working with children and young people. We aim to help younger clients become more aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and understand how this influences the world around them. We aim to help equip our younger clients and the parents or carers with life skills to manage emotions effectively. We can also help identify early emerging difficulties such as anxiety or OCD and adaptation to traumatic events. We are aware that there has been an increased awareness of the impact of stress on young people and are offering outreach work to schools and educational institutions also. Click here if you would like more information about services on offer to schools. We also offer training to staff and therapy to children in temporary or permanent care settings.


Our Therapists:

Sharon Brennan is our senior therapist, consultant and director of Change Begins Today CBT Ltd.  She has 28 years experience in mental health, and is a highly experienced therapist.  She has worked in CBT since 1999, completing her MSc in CBT and becoming fully accredited with the BABCP in 2003.  She has worked in the NHS in a specialist psychotherapy unit, mental health teams, early intervention teams and workplace settings.  She has worked as a visiting therapist for the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth under Steve Regel MBE.  She has worked in the private sector at the Priory Clinic Nottingham and in private practice since 2007 offering therapy to self-referring clients, and referrals from GP’s, Consultant Psychiatrists, via welfare schemes, Occupational Health departments and Specialist rehabilitation services.  Sharon has a broad range of experience and is able to work skilfully with the full range of difficulties.  She oversees all clinical practice conducted by Change Begins Today CBT Ltd as a BABCP accredited supervisor.  She provides  supervision to trainees and qualified therapists.  She is a registered mental health nurse.  Sharon is also a clinical supervisor with the Trailblazer Project for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the NHS, and an Associate Academic for Mental Health at the University of Derby Online.  Sharon offers CBT, ACT and is our EMDR therapist.

Vicky Cockerill is an accredited CBT therapist who is currently working as Assistant Discipline Lead in Nursing and Mental Health at the University of Derby.  She is a  strong advocate for high quality training and supervision for therapists to enable them to deliver the same level of therapy and care to clients.  She has previously worked in the NHS and continues to have a small private practice. She achieved an MSC in CBT specialising in children and young people in 2013. Vicky has over 19 years experience working in the NHS as a mental health and learning disability nurse. She has worked in a variety of settings including adult assessment and treatment services and community child and adolescent services.  Vicky is highly experienced in working with individuals whom experience developmental difficulties including autistic spectrum disorder, learning difficulties and ADHD.  She is also experienced in delivering supervision and training in this area.

Sarah Benson completed her Post Graduate Diploma in CBT in 2013.  She works with individuals in the private sector with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety and panic, depression, worry, PTSD, OCD, GAD, trauma and fibromyalgia.  She offers CBT and ACT.  Her NHS role is working with the Trailblazer project in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  She has an open, warm approach and works with people on an individual basis to meet their needs.  She is highly motivated and keen to provide creative services based on need.  She has a varied employment background giving her insight into the workings of large public sector organisations and voluntary sector settings.  Prior to working as a therapist, Sarah worked as an accountant and in a range of project management roles before re-training in psychology in 2009.  She uses skills developed in this field to deliver interesting and engaging training to groups in her current role.

Alison Cordin started her career in mental health as a registered mental health nurse in the NHS where she developed a passion to help people learn the skills and techniques they require to help themselves.  She qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in 2008 and worked within the private sector and NHS for 7 years, working with a wide range of psychological and emotional problems at varying levels of severity from mild to severe.  She specialised within child and adolescent mental health working within a local secondary school with students aged 11-18 years. Alison is now Team Lead in a NHS CBT Service, and works part time in the private sector.  She is passionate about her work and sincerely believes that if a client has the motivation to change then CBT offers that chance under the guidance of a therapist. Her special areas of interest include depression, social anxiety, panic disorder, child and adolescent mental health, self-harm and OCD.  She has developed a series of workshops for schools in the field of mental wellbeing and mindfulness.

Becky Stevenson works in the NHS as a therapist with young people in Targeted services. As a qualified children’s nurse, she has 25 years experience in nursing.  She works with children, young people and their families in schools, community settings, Looked After settings and hospital.  With 15 years experience delivering and co-ordinating training packages to countless staff in health, education, social care including foster carers, and voluntary agencies, she is a vital part of the Change Begins Today CBT Ltd training team.

Gemma Thorley has over 11 years experience delivering CBT and counselling over a range of sectors. She gained accreditation with the BABCP in 2009 and worked in the NHS in Primary Care and the Psycotherapy Service. She has more recently worked in the private sector focussed in particular on helping people return to work as part of their Occupational Helath Service.

Gemma has a Masters degree in Person Centred Counselling and uses this to enhance her therapy to build an individualised therapy plan based on best evidence. She is happy to provide therapy face to face or via telephone or Skype options.  Her special areas of interest are anxiety, panic and worry, stress and depression.Gemma Thorley has over 10 years’ experience of delivering CBT and counselling across a number of1different sectmental health and Nottinghamshire healthcare Psychotherapy service offeriterm treatment. More recently she has been working in the private sector supporting employees toreturn to work as part of their occupational health servicGemma has also completed her Masters in Person Centred Psychotherapy and uses this tcompliment her practice to build a therapy plan which is suited to each client’s needs based on the

Due to her wide experience base Gemma can deliver short term or more longer-term in-depth
therapy, either face to face, over the phone or via Skype. She believes that care should be built
around the client’s needs.
Her specialist interests are Anxiety based disorders; panic, worry and OCD as well as depression and
workplace issues such as Stress.

Gemma she is a vital part of the Change Begins Today CBT Ltd training team.


We use a fee scale dependent on requirements.  Fees for self-funding client’s range from £75 - £80 per hour session, with no additional cost for the initial assessment.  Please contact us for further details.

For corporate fees and training costs, please contact us with your requirements.

We are registered with all major private medical insurers.










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