Brain working recursive therapy (What is it?)

In this blog post, we will talk about brain working recursive therapy, who can get this therapy, how it’s different from other therapies and the training required for this therapy.

What is the brain working recursive therapy?

Brain working recursive therapy or BWRT has been defined as a therapy based on science. It was developed by a British therapist named Terence Watts.

It’s an extremely successful technique that can help with mind-related problems quicker than expected. According to Watts, there is nothing like it. The therapy is beneficial for changing unwanted behaviour, as it uses natural psychological processes to change and recondition neural pathways in one’s brain responsible for undesirable behaviour.

By preventing and rerouting the brain’s natural reaction to something traumatic or whatever that it’s unable to understand, BWRT can prevent the terrible outward signs and symptoms of situations like depression and anxiety.

It doesn’t use any medications, advanced technology or devices, it’s very similar to other talk therapies. 

Watts believes that since many physical health issues are either rooted in or impacted by our mental health, BWRT can also effectively help cope with the symptoms of diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and several autoimmune diseases.

He says “The purpose of BWRT is to give people the life they deserve, and that’s what it does. It’s about giving people contentment in their lives and making them feel equal to others. BWRT does that better than any other therapy I’ve ever used.”

The change that it creates is so subtle that the client doesn’t even notice it.

It can be successful in treating a lot of things such as an uncomfortable feeling, unwanted emotions or habits, intense phobias, post-traumatic stress disorders, and in some cases addiction. 

How does brain working recursive therapy work?

This therapy doesn’t depend upon the therapist’s instinctive or innovative talents, consequently making it one of the most wildly variable components of a lot of different treatment plans. It also doesn’t rely on the client speaking openly about their childhood, traumas or common techniques that other therapies use.

It works to a particular scientific structure that without delay delves into the part of the psyche from which the problem arises. and uses the client’s thought processes to sort the issues from the inside out, as opposed to from the outside in technique as most therapeutic procedures do. 

This technique makes BWRT prompt and efficient.

Our subconscious is a strong part of our brain, and invisible to us and our conscious mind. It acts on its own when it senses that we are in danger, and by the time we realize what has happened, the subconscious has already acted. 

For example, you are scared of dogs. The reason may be that you have experienced a few incidents such as getting bitten by a dog, which made has now instilled a fear of dogs in you. So, until and unless this fear is replaced by something better, according to your mind, dogs are something to be scared of. 

This is where BWRT comes into play. It’s the only therapy in the world that works that seek to act directly on the subconscious, disarming those neural pathways that might generally stir up panic, tension, nausea, or something similar. Anxiety just melts away. 

BWRT works on the theory that we can reduce the gap between our subconscious starting to do its thing and us realizing that it’s done it.

It pauses the subconscious’s work so that we can send new information through the pathways, which is what we want to feel rather than how we already feel.

What does a typical brain working recursive therapy session look like?

If you don’t like the fact that therapy and counselling take long times to work, and you often feel yourself getting irritated by the same. You can often get irritated or drained because you tend to ponder upon your past or present problems during sessions and after your sessions. 

With BRWT, you don’t need to think about that, as it makes the process of healing quite comfortable and easy.

A typical session generally takes around 1 hour. during the session, the therapist will ask you to focus on what you don’t like about what you’re feeling and how you’re behaving and focus on how you’d preferable feel.

In a way, you pause the reflexive response before it crosses the limbic part of your brain so that the emotion or action doesn’t form. This is what makes it different from other therapies such as CBT, where the action or response is changed after the formation of the undesired emotion.

Since it acts at a crucial stage, it is easier for the client to form a strong and realistic reaction, which replaces the old fears and or insecurities. 

According to Terence, it replaces your unwanted behaviour and emotions with the desired ones. It’s a natural type of therapy, and changes from within yourself.

Who can benefit from brain working recursive therapy?

BWRT can help people dealing with :

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Addiction 
  • Intense phobias
  • Traumatic responses and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Stress 
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Issues with relationships
  • Sleeping troubles, insomnia
  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders
  • Undesired behaviours and emotions
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief
  • Fear of authority

It is also suitable for : 

  • People who don’t have the finances or time for long term therapy right now, as it’s brief and is usually completed in 3 sessions.
  • Individuals who want to start long term therapy soon, but can’t right now as it helps them work through issues that require immediate attention.

Difference between Brain Working Recursive Therapy and other therapies

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a psychotherapy technique that works by getting the client to recall images, experiences and memories connected to the traumatic event they are suffering from. It helps them learn how to cope with their post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues. 

This process can be quite painful or distressing for the patient but is necessary to learn how to cope with it, and directly deal with it.

BRWT is less demanding, and tiring for the patient and doesn’t require them to relive their trauma. It also takes less time and can be more effective in extreme cases.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a talking therapy, which works by replacing undesired behaviour and emotions with desired ones. 

Watts says that while cognitive behavioural therapy has been proven to be effective and works for a lot of people, it has a high relapse rate. While brain working recursive therapy has a very low relapse rate and has been shown to be more long-lasting.

Emotional freedom techniques (EFT)

EFT is an acupuncture technique. The therapist uses their fingertips to stimulate the client’s energy points and offers a treatment plan based on their emotional and physical pain and disorder.

Some clients have reported that though EFT has been effective it can also make them uncomfortable. Watts claims that BWRT is similar to people’s notions of conventional therapy or counselling. 


Watts says that even though hypnotherapy (using hypnosis to treat mental health issues) works for a lot of people, it doesn’t work for everyone.

While BWRT also doesn’t work for everyone, as no therapy in the world can work for everyone. It does work for more people as compared to hypnotherapy.

Training required for becoming a Brain Working Recursive Therapy

Training is provided by The Terence Watts BWRT Institute. They are available online and offline in the institute.

BWRT has three levels of training. You do need a masters degree and the license to practice as a therapist before getting the training for BWRT. 

Level 1 – It equips you with skills for exceptional work with a variety of issues such as anxiety and its disorders, phobias, OCD, PTSD, fear of success, a fear of failing, stage fright and performance anxiety and a lot more. All of this can be achieved with less than 3 sessions.

After completing this level you will be a certified professional practitioner. 

Level 2 – teaches you how to work with core identity problems which include addiction to alcohol and drugs, gambling, porn and sex addiction, C-PTSD 

Level 3 – it’s an advanced level. This teaches you how to help clients deal with chronic and catastrophic illnesses using advanced psychoneuroimmunology techniques.

Offline training 

There are a lot of advantages to learning in the class:

  • It will take you less time to learn this technique, 2 days instead of 10 weeks
  • The technique will be demonstrated live by a practitioner
  • You can get supervised practise with other students
  • Direct interaction with the teacher
  • More confidence as you gain practical experience
  • You will receive a physical copy of the therapy techniques
  • The chance to work with clients directly after completing your two-day course

Online training

This training method can be beneficial for you if you don’t have the time to attend physical classes. Some more advantages include :

  • Training with Terence Watts
  • Study in your time and your home or office
  • Save up on travel and hotel money
  • The chance to learn more techniques since it lasts longer
  • Download and rewatch the classes whenever you want
  • Pre-recorded classes give you the chance to learn in your own time
  • Since licensing is available in a lot of countries now, you can take this course and use the techniques everywhere 

The entire course costs GBP 950 which includes 12 months of free membership to The Terence Watts BWRT Institute. This fee includes the cost of all lessons, notes and the final assessment. 

How much does a BWRT session cost?

On average, most therapists take a £60payment for a session of 50 minutes.


In this blog, we talked about Brain Working Recursive Therapy, who can benefit from it, how to get the training for it, how is it different from other therapies and the cost of its sessions.

Frequently asked questions: brain working recursive therapy

Is it dangerous?

No, it isn’t dangerous. Therapists say that you might feel giggly, floaty or sleepy after a session but nothing except that.

Do I lose consciousness during the BWRT process?

No, you are fully conscious during a BWRT session

Is it the same as hypnotherapy?

No, BWRT aims to freeze your thoughts before they cross your limbic state, while hypnotherapy gets you into a deeply relaxed state to access your unconscious.

How effective is BWRT?

Watts claims that brain working recursive therapy is extremely effective, and 90% of the clients reported that they felt better after their sessions and noticed major changes in themselves.

He also says that the relapse rate for this treatment is extremely low, with more than half of their cases responding well to the sessions, and requiring no follow-up sessions

What is a BWRT practitioner?

A BWRT practitioner is a trained and experienced therapist, who has the license to practice and has been trained in brain working recursive therapy too. They will provide you with BWRT sessions and help you with your issues.


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