What is BWRT?
BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT) is the brain child of Terence Watts, who is himself a leader in the world of therapy and the creator and author of a huge body of work including other therapies, courses and books. His work culminated in the masterpiece that is BWRT back in 2011 when he had a eureka moment after reading an article about Benjamin Libet’s cognitive gap experiment in the New Scientist.
This resulted in the first ever teaching of BWRT back in 2013 and I was fortunate enough to have been on that very first launch of BWRT into the world. Since then, BWRT has gathered momentum and expanded via later collaboration with his research partner, the eminent South African Clinical Psychologist, Rafiq Lockhat. Rafiq was also on the very first teaching of BWRT in 2013, and since that date, and the subsequent working collaboration between him and Terence, BWRT has been a force within the therapy world.
BWRT changes the unwanted patterns in our brains that keep us stuck in whatever state we’re in, and therefore experiencing the same issues that many find difficult to change on their own.
This is Terence Watt’s himself speaking about BWRT.
BWRT as I mentioned came from one of those rare moments of inspiration from the article about Benjamin Libet’s 1983 experiment. This article proved that we do not have free will, in perhaps the way we think we do. The Libet experiment discovered the Cognitive Gap.
Subjects for this experiment were connected to a brain scanner that monitored brain activity whilst be asked to undertake a simple task. The results indicated that the brain’s readiness to respond, or in more direct terms, decisions are made by the brain ‘before’ we are consciously aware of them ie. the cognitive gap between stimulus and response.
BWRT provides you with a tool that is incredibly diverse and can work with many presenting issues. It also works efficiently and it’s fast. The speed of change for clients can be remarkable, and issues that may have haunted them for years can be resolved effectively in a handful of sessions.
It is also possible to have the ‘magic bullet’ sessions with BWRT whereby problems can be sorted in a single session, for example with fears and phobias.
Other client issues that are more complex will require more sessions, but comparatively to purely talking therapy, BWRT can be conducted effectively from beginning to end of therapy, to resolve complex issues, often over 4 to 6 sessions.
The other aspect to BWRT is that it can be used ‘content free’. If your client doesn’t want to talk about the details of their problems, they don’t have to and you can still work effectively to dissolve them.
How it Works
Now, I’m no neuroscientist, however, neuroscience has given us the theory of neuroplasticity. This refers to the brain’s ability to adapt. We rewire our brains on a daily basis, pathways in our brains are either formed or fall dormant, created or discarded according to our experiences. This all happens every day of our lives.
When you train in BWRT you will discover a user friendly understanding of the brain’s processing of thoughts, feelings, emotions. It explains why it seems so hard to change the negative patterns of thoughts and behaviour that seem to be ever present.
Knowing that we are ‘live wired’ and not ‘hard wired’ means that we can actually encourage and stimulate this change ourselves. How amazing to know that it’s possible to embark on making changes and rewiring our own brains.
Comparing old style therapies and BWRT
The infographic below explains the differences between old style therapies and BWRT.