BrainWorking Recursive Technique

What is BWRT?                           

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            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 even if that experience is out of date and no longer relevant.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.

BWRT Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to relive my fears?

No - BWRT isn't used like that. In fact, the practitioner doesn't even have to know what your exact fear is. You might only say something like: "I have these panic attacks..." and that's all the practitioner needs to know.

Do you have to be really ill before this therapy works?

Not at all! BWRT can help all manner of uncomfortable situations and conditions. The best thing is to contact me and I will be happy to discuss your needs in detail.

Are there any unpleasant side effects?

There are no lasting side effects. Some people feel slightly 'disconnected' for a few seconds - no longer - as the brain lets go of the problem at the end of the session.

How many sessions will I need?

One of the great things about BWRT is its speed. Depending on the issue, a single session can be sufficient to resolve your problems. Sometimes, it may range from 4 to 6 sessions.

Does it last?

Yes! When your problem is resolved with BWRT it stays resolved.

Can it work for performance enhancement?

It certainly can. Whether it's for athletics, business, relationships, sex, driving, exams or anything else where you need to give your best, BWRT can be effectively employed.

Are all practitioners properly trained?

Everybody listed on the site has been fully trained and attends a Continual Professional Development programme. In addition, I am an advanced practitioner as well as a mentor/supervisor. As a qualified BWRT mentor, I help those who are training and become certified in BWRT. I also assess trainees and qualify them as certified practitioners.

Can it work for things like alcoholism and anorexia?

It can, but those are complex issues and it's impossible to state definitely that it will work every time. A practitioner will be able to tell you more on an initial consultation.

What happens in a session?

After getting some details from you, the practitioner will explain how BWRT works and then it's on into the therapy itself. This stops the troubling response in its tracks so that the brain then waits for better information - that will come from your own mind based on what you want, rather than as in most therapies where it's often based on what the therapist thinks you should have. This is why BWRT is so effective. We use your own brain processes to create the processes you want instead of you having to put up with the ones that are giving you problems.

But how do you do that?

We start by 'freezing' the troubling thoughts then we employ a technique called 'Recursive Looping' to condition the way the brain responds to triggers. BWRT is the only therapy (as at July 2016) to work in this manner, making it one of the fastest and most effective therapies around.

I have a question that's not listed here - what do I do now?

Contact me with any questions or to schedule an appointment or consultation.