Inside my Therapy Toolbox – What is BWRT?

Inside my Therapy Toolbox – What is BWRT?


What is BWRT? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it before now. BWRT stands for ‘Brain Working Recursive Therapy’ – quite a mouthful! It’s a new model of psychotherapy and a relatively small number of therapists around the world are registered as Practitioners. However, it is getting rave reviews in some psychotherapy circles as clients report how long standing difficulties are dissolving quickly and easily in one or two sessions. Obviously this result is fantastic for those clients and is the main reason why I became interested in learning more about this new approach.

Often people want a quick fix and this is not something a therapist is always able to help them achieve. I won’t lie, I was very skeptical about BWRT when I first heard about it. How could long standing anxieties and phobias suddenly be resolved without you even having to disclose the details of distressing memories? All the BWRT Practitioner needs to know is the outline of the problem and what you would like to change.

My aim has always been to help people overcome their difficulties in the shortest time possible so I felt that if there was a successful way to help resolve particular issues more efficiently then I needed to offer it. I followed the development of BWRT at a distance for several months, still unsure about it’s efficacy. A few months ago my professional body, the British Psychological Society approved the BWRT training course as Continuous Professional Development for members and this endorsement reassured me that BWRT was robust enough to add to my therapy toolbox. I completed the course and passed my theory and practical Practitioner assessment last month. I am now a registered BWRT Practitioner with the BWRT Institute, one of the first 400 practitioners in the world to use this new therapy and the first to provide it in York, England.

So what is this new therapy all about?

BWRT is based on the latest discoveries in neuroscience that have allowed us to better understand how the brain works. During the BWRT process you are encouraged to overwrite old outdated automatic patterns that trigger your unwanted symptoms. Unlike other therapies, you don’t need to share anything you would rather not discuss. This is hugely appealing to people who do not want to disclose sensitive or intimate information and have been put off seeking any professional help for this reason. I only need to know how you feel in problematic situations and how you would prefer to feel instead.

BWRT allows you to choose and create a new response to previously difficult situations so that you feel, think or behave in the way you really want. Once the process is complete, the old symptoms are simply no longer triggered.

The mind boggling title ‘Brain Working Recursive Therapy’ describes the recursive looping process that the practitioner uses during a session to get you focussed on your symptoms and then to create and reinforce your new chosen response. The BWRT Institute reports that results from two years of worldwide testing experience have been encouraging and suggests that the changes made by clients are permanent. Furthermore they report no evidence of symptom substitution. All very interesting and amazing stuff!

Only Certified Practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code. Find out more at http://www.bwrt.org

You can read more about BWRT on my website at http://www.mindmakeoveruk.com/bwrt.html

I currently offer BWRT appointments at my clinic in York and I am exploring the best way to offer sessions via SKYPE. You can contact me via my website.

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