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BWRT for a better life

Two controversial ideas underpin the processes of BWRT®. The first idea is that what we have always referred to as ‘the subconscious’ does not actually try to keep us safe, as is usually taught, but instead simply reacts to recognised stimuli with responses that have been employed before under similar circumstances. The second idea is that we don’t actually have free will in the way we usually think of it. …. everything we do, every action and every response commences before we are aware of it. …. We are able to veto some actions – that is stop ourselves from doing something we have started to do or felt an urge to do... but that is really “free won’t” rather than free will. …. There is a ‘cognitive gap’ between the brain responding to a stimulus and our conscious awareness of that response, so you may be able to stop yourself from acting upon those things but you simply cannot stop them arriving in consciousness in the first place. This is exactly why any psychological symptom – a behaviour or response that is inappropriate or irrational in the circumstances under which it is experienced –cannot just be refused. You cannot decide not to have a panic attack or experience anxiety, for instance, because by the time you are aware of it, it’s already been fired up as a result of the recognition of a stimulus and is self-sustaining. …. it is important to understand that even if the premise upon which BWRT® is based were faulty (it’s not), even if the hypothesis were proven to be false (extremely unlikely), the inescapable fact that BWRT® works would remain! It has resolved trauma, PTSD, OCD, Alcoholism, addictions, eating disorders, even the aftermath of violence and murder –and far more quickly and consistentl ythan any other therapy that has gone before it, including EMDR, CBT, TFT, EFT, ACT, DBT, NLP... and the rest. The only real problem it has is that it all seems too good to be true. But there are now hundreds of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and therapists who will tell you it is not – it does exactly what it claims. …… In a nutshell: We work directly within that cognitive gap changing the response to the trigger, replacing it with whatever the client decides they would prefer. We don’t even need to know what the trigger is and as long as the client can think about the problem, BWRT® can resolve it. Simple issues like specific fears, such as those of spiders or crane flies, escalators, lifts, driving and the like can usually be resolved in a single session. Even when the problem is more profound, perhaps associated with core identity it can often be resolved in four to six sessions. An excert from: BWRT – A Professional Guide Terence Watts 2018


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