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BrainWorking Recursive Technique

What is BWRT?                           

(an excerpt from

            BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® was created in 2011 by Terence Watts, a therapist, author of many books and training courses and principal of the Essex Institute in Essex, UK. Like many great ideas it was born out of a moment of inspiration while reading about some experiments carried out in 1983 which appeared to show that we don't actually have free will in the way we usually think of it. More than that, it showed that decisions were made and acted upon by our mental processes before we become consciously aware of them.

It was immediately evident that this process accounted for a huge number of the psychological difficulties which so many people have to put up with, and obvious, too, that with some research it could provide the basis for a profound therapeutic intervention, something more powerful and effective than anything that existed to date. Terence had for some time been working on an idea to work with several complicated issues:

  • Why we sometimes can't stop ourselves doing things.

  • Why we sometimes feel that we just cannot do something we would really like to.

  • Why we so often limit ourselves from getting on with life.

  • Why we sometimes give up on something without even trying properly to do it.

  • Why we sometimes fear something when there's no real reason to do so.

  • Why some situations 'trigger' uncomfortable feelings, even though we have no idea why.

  • Why therapy doesn't always work as we want it to.


BWRT® works with a different part of the brain from that which any other therapy does; where many neuroscience-based therapies mention how they work directly with the amygdala and the limbic system, BWRT® works with a part of the brain that 'fires up' long before the limbic system even gets started.

            In fact, by the time the limbic system is involved, the physical body has already started to react, already commenced whatever action or psychological process that past experience has indicated is needed... even if that experience is out of date and no longer relevant. It's a kind of 'blind obedience'.

BWRT® does it's work in that 'cognitive gap' between an action starting and conscious recognition of that action. We actually work directly with that reptilian complex, to change the response to patterns of input and we do this by using the same automatic processes by which it learns the patterns it responds to in the first place - but we get it to wait for further information instead of responding immediately. All we have to do then is ensure that the new information is instantaneously preferable and therefore instantaneously accepted.

  • What is your therapeutic approach?
    I start with a client-centered approach where I utilize evidence based treatments to help my clients experience relief, peace, and success. Techniques can include, but are not limited to, BWRT, hypnosis, hypnoanalysis, traditional psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, Ego State Therapy, and WSN.
  • What do you specialize in?
    I specialize in the treatment of Chronic Illness including Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). I also specialize in anxiety, fears, and trauma. This can also include unwanted behaviors and goal achievement. I believe that focusing on a few key issues in my practice allows me to be more effective and experienced, which gives you the best opportunity for improvement.
  • How long, and how frequent are therapy sessions?"
    Our initial session is approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours in length, where we will discuss why you have come, your goals, expectations, and personal history. Subsequent sessions can be anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on the approach we are taking. Frequency is determined through pre-session information that I gather from you as well as our first session together. I am always assessing as we work together and will discuss any change to frequency and/or methodology. My goal is for us to always be on the same page when working together.
  • How long will I be in therapy?
    Length of therapy varies, and depends on the reason why you have come to see me. In general, the number of sessions is related to the issue and its severity. With BWRT, you may only need 1 session. However, depending on what brings you to work with me, the number of sessions varies greatly. It’s best to contact me to openly discuss and estimate what our time working together may look like.
  • Who do you work with?
    I work with all ages – as long as it is in my area of specialization. Otherwise I will refer you to a qualified therapist or discuss your options.
  • Where are you located?
    I am located in Larchmont, New York, a suburb of New York City. My office is conveniently located across from the Larchmont Train Station for easy access by train and near major highways for easy access by car.
  • Do you do therapy over the phone or webcam?
    As our technology has advanced, I can work with you via Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom. I offer FREE phone consultations and, on occasion, will conduct appointments over the phone as well.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    The only in-network provider I accept is Medicare. I am considered a “reimbursable” therapist in the state of New York. With all other health insurance providers, if you get out-of-network benefits, you may be able to receive some or all reimbursement of my fee as an ‘out-of-network’ provider. I will provide you with all the necessary information, so you can explore this possibility with your healthcare provider if you so choose before we meet.
  • What are your fees?
    Fees are dependent upon length of appointment so please contact me for specific fees as they may change/vary.
  • What are your hours?
    I offer appointments Monday through Friday by appointment only. I am also available some evenings during the week.
  • How do I schedule an appointment?
    Please email me at or call my office at (914)315-4044. I look forward to helping in any way that I can.
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