BRAINWORKING RECURSIVE THERAPY
BWRT® – BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® – is a new model of psychology and psychopathology that fits comfortably with current thinking on neuroscience.
What is Brain Working Recursive Therapy?
‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®’ is a model of psychology and psychotherapy, created by UK professional therapist Terence Watts, MCGI.
It is 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.
BWRT is a talking therapy that is completely logical and effective. It can bring about positive change both permanently and rapidly. Based in neuroscience and on the experiments of scientist Benjamin Libet (1983).
Libet advocated that we do not have ‘free will’ in the sense that we think we do. Meaning, our reactions to stimulus in the brain are already generating an action or response, before we are cognitively aware.
All decisions are made by the physical brain (sometimes referred to as the reptilian brain) around a half to a third of a second before we become aware of them (i.e. before the information reaches the cognitive part of the brain). It is in this sense, that we do not have free will.
Think about your reactions when a ball is thrown to you unexpectantly. The brain has already sparked the body and mind into a reaction, before you even register the incoming ball.
The physical brain instantly responds to input from the world and from our senses and assesses that information to see if there is a pattern that has been encountered before. This happens at colossal speed. Most importantly, there is no value judgment here; no rationale as to whether the response is the right response for you.
Have you ever said something like: “What on earth did I say that for?” or: “I simply cannot believe I did that!” The reason is simple – the non-reasoning part of the brain beat your conscious mind to the outcome!
Thoughts are slow and have to be considered. The brain has no such restriction. It just assesses whether or not an input has a ‘registered response’ and if it has, attempts to activate it.
This is where BWRT comes in. Much of our unwanted behaviour and negative thoughts come from established patterns in the brain and how we have reacted before. The BWRT technique creates a new response pattern to any stimulus, so that the action the brain triggers is the one we want! By changing the patterns in our brain we can change our perception of the world and our behaviour in it.
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