BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT)

‘BWRT®’ stands for ‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®’, a model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI. It’s a totally confidential method that doesn’t require you to reveal your private information or personal secrets to your therapist, and is carried out in a completely conscious state. It doesn’t use hypnosis or any mystical concepts - it’s completely logical, practical and down-to-earth, and only needs you to know what you want to change in your life for it be completely successful. Only Certified Practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT® and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code. Find out more at 

Our brains receive constant messages from the outside world, every split second of our lives. They continuously look for input about similar experiences and events. If our previous reaction was successful, our brains trigger that same reaction and if it wasn't, they will try to avoid it.


Usually that system works very well, however, although the part of the brain (known as the reptilian complex) that triggers an immediate response is incredibly fast, it is totally illogical. It all happens without us being aware of it and gives us no thinking time.


If our reptilian complex hits on something that was once a threat, it will use anxiety to try to steer you right away from it. For instance, if you once went to a party where something really upset you, your reptilian complex might create uncomfortable feelings every time you try to go to a social gathering to avoid that distress, thus creating social anxiety. It wouldn’t matter how hard you try to attend the party, that rapid process would have you imagining all sorts of uncomfortable things, creating a habit of feeling you just can’t do it.


Using BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT), we don’t have to discover that uncomfortable event, all we have to do is teach the reptilian complex that it’s ok for you to do what you want to do, so that it triggers a different response that allows you to do what you want to do.




How do we do this?

Imagine a very closely woven hairnet with millions of layers one on top of the other, all connected to each other. All of them sparkling with tiny spots of light whizzing all over them and jumping between the layers. That represents your brain and what your brain is doing every split second of every day of your life. Those little spots of light are the electrical energy that your brain picks up from the world around you. It’s information from the world. The reptilian complex channels it and tests it to decide where it should go. The problem occurs when the information is sent to the wrong place because of something the brain learned at some point and your difficulty is the result. Between us, we can discover where the mistake happens and do a bit of retraining of your brain.

As well as the reptilian complex part of your brain - which was formed over 650 million years ago, there are two other parts. The paleomammalian complex which was formed about 23 million years ago and the neomammalian complex, formed about 2.5 million years ago. The neomammalian complex is the part that has awareness where we can think, judge and plan.

BWRT is possible because an experiment in the 80's carried out by a research scientist called Benjamin Libet proved that it takes half a second for information to travel from the reptilian complex to the neomammalian complex where we can make judgements and decisions. This means our reaction starts half a second before we become aware of it which is why it is so difficult to change our response to our triggers. 

The information is travelling along millions of neural pathways in the brain, being tested against previously stored information millions of times. It is travelling at a pace of around one hundred metres per second and has travelled fifty metres along neural pathways before it reaches awareness. The action has already started.

What we do with BWRT is interrupt that half second gap and put in a new response of your choice. All you have to do is think of a memory and know what you would like to happen instead. I will do the rest.

Here is a video in which the creator Terence Watts, explains BWRT




Here is a second video about BWRT


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