In the ever-evolving landscape of psychology and therapeutic interventions, one approach that has been making waves is BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT). Developed by Terence Watts in 2011 after accumulating an astounding 35,000 hours of experience working with clients, BWRT represents a new model of psychology and psychopathology that aligns seamlessly with current understanding of neuroscience. This solution-focused and evidence-based methodology has gained recognition and accolades, including a featured chapter in the academic book The Bright Side of Shame and a 2018 PhD awarded from Lincoln University in the UK.
BWRT is a completely confidential method. It doesn’t require you to reveal any private information or personal secrets to your therapist. The process is carried out in a fully conscious state, with no use of hypnosis or mystical concepts. It’s a logical, practical, and down-to-earth approach. Success relies solely on your knowledge of what you want to change in your life. Only bona fide BWRT practitioners, who adhere to a strict ethical code, have been trained to deliver BWRT.
One of the remarkable aspects of BWRT is its ability to deliver fast, effective, and long-lasting results. In fact, the changes achieved through BWRT are often permanent, eliminating the need for clients to rely on post-therapy techniques like tapping, pinching, or using anchors or triggers. BWRT simply works, harnessing the power of the mind to facilitate profound transformation.
At the heart of BWRT is its foundation in neuroscience research. The initial inspiration for what would become BWRT came from an article in the New Scientist magazine in November 2011, which discussed the experiments of Benjamin Libet conducted in the early 1980s. These experiments challenged the traditional concept of free will, highlighting the existence of a “cognitive gap” where the brain initiates a response before conscious awareness.
Despite initial controversy surrounding Libet’s experiments, subsequent research using advanced imaging techniques has confirmed the presence of this cognitive gap. BWRT harnesses the power of this early brain activity, working directly in the cognitive gap before conscious awareness. This unique approach sets BWRT apart from more traditional therapies that focus on accessing the amygdala through conscious processes. By targeting the reptilian complex, also known as the “lizard brain“, which has been the first responder in sentient animals for millions of years, BWRT taps into a rapid and instinctual response mechanism.
The impact of BWRT has been far-reaching, with professionals from various fields incorporating this innovative methodology into their practice. Psychologists, hypnotherapists, medical practitioners, psychiatrists, counsellors, and many more have embraced BWRT worldwide. Notably, BWRT has been successfully implemented within the South African Police Force, assisting officers in overcoming severe PTSD and swiftly returning to active duty.
Today, BWRT is utilised in a range of settings, including correctional facilities, hospitals, university departments, schools, and private clinics. Its effectiveness and speed continue to astound practitioners, who witness remarkable results even at the foundational level 1 training. BWRT has proven invaluable in addressing various issues, including anxiety, phobias, fears, OCD, PTSD, success inhibition, performance anxiety, and more, often resolving these challenges in just one or two sessions. For more complex core identity issues, level 2 training equips professionals with the skills to address addiction, compound PTSD, sexual addiction/obsession, and other deep-rooted concerns. Additionally, level 3 training delves into advanced psychoneuroimmunology, providing tools to help clients cope with catastrophic illnesses.
A noteworthy feature of BWRT is its ability to challenge conventional notions of therapy. While it may seem too good to be true for those with extensive experience in the field, BWRT disrupts the notion that thought patterns take a long time to change permanently. Unlike older therapies that primarily target thoughts at the conscious level, BWRT operates at the source, turning off the metaphorical tap rather than adjusting the nozzle. This approach has been met with astonishment and excitement, with practitioners witnessing the profound and enduring impact of BWRT.
Since its introduction in 2013, BWRT has continued to grow stronger, attracting professionals who are eager to explore its transformative potential. The Terence Watts BWRT Institute offers comprehensive training at three levels, allowing therapists to tap into the full range of BWRT techniques and achieve exceptional results from the outset.
In a field where innovation is key to driving progress, BWRT stands as a revolutionary therapeutic approach. By leveraging the latest neuroscience research and harnessing the innate capabilities of the brain, BWRT empowers individuals to overcome psychological challenges and embark on a path of lasting transformation.
You can learn more about BWRT and its applications through BWRT Professionals.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.
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