“The brain is deeper than the sea.
The brain is wider than the sky” - Emily Dickinson
Reduce stress quickly.
Change the way you feel and respond to anxiety, trauma or worry.
Refuse to be held back by anxiety any more.
BWRT allows you to take back control of your life by reducing or eliminating unwanted symptoms and negative impacts of stressful situations. That includes the panic flight, fight or freeze response. BWRT will take care of uncomfortable emotions and habitual ways of thinking that may be stopping you from reaching your goals and being who you want to be.
If you let it, fear can be a limiting influence on your life and potential, stopping you from going for what you want, or asserting your needs.
In times of anxiety we can react quickly and without thinking. Actions are frequently conditioned based on previous experiences. For example we might comfort eat, avoid flying to a holiday destination or hide away from doing that work presentation or interview for a job promotion. Before we know it we have taken uncomfortable actions we didn’t want. It is likely the reptilian brain has taken control before we consciously made a decision.
Other therapies you have tried may not have been successful if they failed to manage anxiety triggers as BWRT does.
Throughout this text I make reference to two parts of the mind, the consciousness and the unconscious reptilian brain. BWRT like hypnosis works with the unconscious reptilian brain which holds all memories and experiences. This is an important distinction in understanding how the mind works and how BWRT and hypnosis are effective.
Is fear holding you back?
I am here to help you change your relationship to fear, to understand fear, and have faith in your intuition so that you can choose to feel how you want to feel instead.
We cannot choose not to have a fear reaction, which is the body’s natural evolutionary response to what the brain thinks is ‘danger’. We can’t turn off the stress reaction at will.
For example, someone has a fear of spiders potentially because a parent has that same fear which leads to a fearful reaction every time a spider is seen. The flight, fight or freeze response can’t be stopped. With mind training we have a choice to slow down the heart rate with diaphragm breathing. BWRT changes reactions to fear and any other learned associations. Learnt responses can be unlearnt because the brain has amazing neuroplasticity.
Do worries go round and round in your head?
It’s part of human behaviour to need to find a solution to a problem. When we can’t find that solution our mind will continue on what I call a ‘thought loop’ over and over again until we obtain a solution. That can be exhausting. BWRT engages the mind in what you really want instead.
Are you finding it hard to accept what just is?
Struggling with an impulsive behaviour?
To give another example of how BWRT works – some clients frequently tell me they devour a chocolate or other sweet snack before being aware of how much they had eaten. Emotional anxiety, boredom, lack of fulfilment or loneliness can drive us to do what feels good in an attempt to meet our needs.
The brain is a reward detector. We reach out for whatever’s there in the moment. We crave that dopamine high that is ‘chocolate comfort’. The reptilian brain takes over and doesn’t follow logic. Food choices are not made according to what is healthy or good for us, but instead driven by survival, pleasure and comfort. It is questionable whether we consciously choose what we want to eat.
The unconscious mind uses imagined reality to feed unwanted habits and we are unaware of problematic behaviour until we are actually doing it. Consciousness is effortful and is in charge of self control which takes longer to kick in. It can’t keep up with the faster reptilian brain.
It is a confusing dilemma, this conflict between the reptilian brain’s automatic reaction and the intentional control of the consciousness.
I believe BWRT is the ‘icing on the cake’ as it can remove triggers which drive us to develop unhealthy habits.
BWRT is based on scientific research of how the brain-mind connection operates.
BWRT presents a strong theory to explain why we do things so easily without thinking and instead puts us in charge of what we do. This scientific based approach has proven we often base our decisions on implicit emotional automatic reflexes within milliseconds.
It can be surprising to learn that an electrical impulse in the brain beginning motor activity can take place in advance of a conscious choice being made. By the time the nerve impulse gets to our logical brain we have already started doing or thinking what we don’t what!
A scientist of the consciousness, Benjamin Libet’s 1983 experiment and later studies by other researchers, evidenced that the brain makes choices up to ten seconds before we know it. Libet won the first Virtual Nobel Prize in Psychology proving he was a renowned expert in how the mind works.
We have approximately a third of a second to communicate with the reptilian brain which is in charge of stress, anxiety and unwanted behaviours. The reptilian brain controls many automatic body functions including the flight, fight or freeze response, breathing and heart rate and BWRT communicates with the reptilian brain in a way that is effective in managing this response.
Do worries go round and round in your head?
The reptilian brain decides on the unwanted response programmed from its powerfully fast data recognition matrix by conditioned behaviour, what’s led to survival time and time again. Learnt skills and habits have become hardwired into the brain which looks for a match between information from the environment and past experiences. It reassembles past and present data like a computer.
That’s how the brain guesses what happens next and then instructs our body and mind to react unconsciously, preparing us to do something in the next moment. The brain is a prediction machine.
How the brain experiences the world is relational to the body and environment, expectations and beliefs. Future responses are based on what we did before and what happened last time and that’s our future template for what we do next.
Decisions are partly based on accessing fast and automatic knowledge stored in memory without intention or effort. Memory is changing all the time, so how reliable can it be?
BWRT can reduce the negative, unwanted impact that memories of anxiety or trauma might have. Memory is complicated and unreliable. After collecting parts of the memory from different brain areas, the brain replays the pattern of neuron connections that first happened in response to a specific event. Memories can change on each occasion they are activated, akin to Chinese whispers. Complicating the construction of memory further, research studies have shown that imagination can also alter memories!
‘BWRT®’ stands for ‘Brain Working Recursive Therapy®’, a model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI. It’s 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. It doesn’t use hypnosis or any mystical concepts - it’s completely logical, practical and down-to-earth, and only needs you to know what you want to change in your life for it be completely successful. Only bona fide BWRT practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT® and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code. You can find out more at https://www.bwrt.org.
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