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Terence Watts and BWRT

What Makes BWRT® So Different?
Terence Watts  March 2017

From the beginning...

For a start off, we work 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 moment the limbic system is involved, the physical body has already started to react, already commenced whatever acton 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 even if that experience is out of date and no longer relevant.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'.

The name of that part of the brain depends on whether you are following the biological model or the evolutonary model - the later is used in the Level 1 training since it makes it much easier to understand the how and why of what we do.

The differences are:

  • In the biological model, it's usually referred to as the 'hind brain' though it's sometimes called the 'lizard brain' or the 'reptilian brain’.
  • In the evolutionary model (the Triune Brain devised by Paul D Maclean in the 1960s) it’s referred to as the 'reptilian complex'.

It's the oldest brain structure we have and it dates back some 650 million years or so to the first sentient creatures that walked the planet, our earliest ancestors. Anatomically, it's the 'brain stem' and includes the primitive part of the limbic system.

The Evolutonary Brain Model

No matter how it's referred to in any one model, the important thing is that it was the only brain those early ancestors had... it had to do everything. Every impulse from the world and from the physical body was processed by that early brain before it progressed anywhere else. And here's the thing: nothing's changed, because once evolution has created a fundamental process it's there for good. So although our brain is greatly evolved from those earliest ancestors of ours, every bit of information is s:ll processed by that reptilian complex before it goes anywhere else.

The important thing about all this is that when a pattern of impulses is recognised, it will start the body responding in the same way as it has before, since that response led to survival and must therefore be safe... but we're not aware of this at that point. In fact, we don't become aware of it until that impulse has covered up to fifty meters of neural network into the part of the brain where awareness resides.

By then, everything is in full flight! 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 automtaic 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.

Currently, there's not another therapy model in the world that works via this very early part of the brain and that's what sets BWRT® apart from any other style of therapy – well, that and the sheer speed at which it does work, of course!

You can see a video here where I discuss this in more detail at


Our Second Blog Entry

What The Media Says About BWRT

BWRT in the Media

BWRT has been featured many times in various media, some of which are listed here. For a more complete listing, visit our Worldwide site.

On UK's Channel 4 TV:
"Steph's Packed Lunch"

In the Academic Publication:
"The Bright Side of Shame"

Presented at the Biological Psychiatrists World Congress:
"The Epigenetic Underpinnings of BWRT"

Daily Mail:
"Wipeout Lifelong Phobias"

The Mail & Guardian:
"Thought Leader"

Top Sante magazine:
"BrainWorking Recursive Therapy"

Wellbeing Magazine:
"What is BWRT?" & "Phobas & Fears Cured Fast"

New Statesman:
"BWRT In South Africa"

"Binge Eater" & "Covid PTSD"

"BrainWorking Recursive Therapy"

Our First Blog Entry

Quit Smoking...A Choice, 'Freer' Than You Think!

Quit Smoking

In the world we live in today, Smoking, can be a behaviour designed to help you survive and cope in life on one level or another. It may be to deal with everyday stress, in social interactions, a brief break from a stressful job, calm emotions or just from force of habit etc. This maladaptive way to survive in the world may often be rationalised and even defended in the face of opposition. Stubbornness may take over, in some instances, making one more determined to smoke when confronted.

BrainWorking Recursive Therapy can help rewire the unconscious reasons and compulsions to smoke, as well as the blocks to being a non-smoker. Helping to resolve these compulsions and dissolve craving blocks to allow you to be free from smoking. BrainWorking Recursive Therapy  uses natural psychological processes to recondition neural pathways in the brain that lead to unwanted behaviour.