BWRT® – what is it?

A brief summary of (probably) the fastest ever therapy.

It is a new model of psychology and psychopathology that fits comfortably with current thinking on neuroscience. It is determinedly solution-focused and thus fulfills the major requirement of modern therapies. Perhaps the most important thing about it is that it is unique, entirely scientific, and works in a quite different way from slower therapies such as CBT, counselling, hypnotherapy or similar.

BWRT® stands for BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® and is currently undergoing clinical trials by several NHS Clinical Psychologists working with diverse conditions such as post-cancer psychotherapy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder, all in addition to complex issues such as OCD, PTSD and eating disorders. The effectiveness and efficiency reported by therapists and patients are so far unanimously positive.

If it has a ‘downside’ it is that it ‘seems too good to be true’ – yet in this instance, it does exactly what is claimed, as the Clinical Psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who use it will confirm.


In 1983, the scientist Benjamin Libet made the startling discovery that all decisions are made by a ‘silent’ part of the physical brain around 1/2 to 1/3 of a second before we become aware of them. This shows that we do not have free will in the way we think of it – and this is not an assumption, but a scientifically proven fact showing that the brain is working and responding before we know what it’s doing.

That means there’s a ‘cognitive gap’ between the brain/subconscious starting to do ‘stuff’ and you realizing what that ‘stuff’ actually is… no wonder you can’t just ‘pull yourself together’ and get over it! No matter how hard you try, that silent part of the brain is always one step ahead of you.

The Therapy

You might already be able to see that many ‘symptoms’ are the result of a behaviour or thought pattern ‘firing up’ that has been activated before. It might actually have been suitable or effective at one time but the fact that it isn’t now is of no consequence to that non-reasoning part of the brain. The instruction appears to be: If there’s already a pattern associated with the stimulus, activate it immediately before there’s any conscious interference. This now provides a clear and understandable answer to the old question of ‘Why does my subconscious do stuff I don’t want it to?’

BWRT® makes it possible, via a simple technique, to create a new response pattern to any stimulus so that the action the brain triggers is one that we want. The therapy is totally content-free, too, so the client doesn’t have to tell the therapist about deeply sensitive or intimate issues, making therapy far easier to conduct in a great many situations. There’s no tapping, touching, hand passes, trances or anything else non-scientific. The other great thing about it is that we don’t need to find out what caused the problem in the first place because we only the worst or strongest feeling or memory of the symptom that the client can consciously find. BWRT® doesn’t use reframes, rewind techniques, hypnosis, NLP, CBT, WSN, SD, EFT, BB4B, EMDR, anything to do with eye movement, or anything else you will have already encountered. It’s unique, effective and fast. Other therapies seek to modify or remove negative emotional responses, while BWRT® works in such a way that the response simply doesn’t arise in the first place.

By Terence Watts 2020

Further reading about BWRT