BrainWorking Recursive Therapy™ (BWRT®) at Life Insight

I am an Advanced Practitioner of BrainWorking Recursive Therapy™ (BWRT®) which means that I am trained to the highest standards and am able to offer it to my clients to address a wide variety of issues (see below).  I am also a founder member of the British BrainWorking Research Society, founded to continue research into the applications of BWRT®.

BWRT® is a modern model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI. It uses a totally logical, practical and down-to-earth working method in which it’s not necessary for you to talk about anything you would rather not discuss – the practitioner only needs to know how you feel and how you would prefer to feel instead. BWRT® is unlike any other therapy you might have heard of or read about, using the latest discoveries in neuroscience coupled with your own unique brain processes to help you get better. Only Certified Practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT® and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code.

BWRT® is a ‘talking therapy’ – so it involves no physical contact – and it is carried out in a fully conscious state so does not involve hypnosis.  It is really very simple, but also very powerful and many people have found that their issues have been resolved very quickly, often in a single session.

Although its applications are widespread, BWRT® has been shown to be particularly effective for the following issues:

  • Fears and phobias
  • Unwanted habits (including Stop Smoking)
  • Anxieties
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship problems
  • Confidence and poor self esteem
  • Performance fears (exams, tests or interviews, sports, public speaking…)
  • Procrastination

Many issues can be addressed with Level 1 BWRT® in as little as 1 session, though repeat sessions may be advised, dependant upon each client’s outcome.  However some more deeply ingrained problems will respond better to Level 2 BWRT®, which is a programme of 4 or 5 weekly sessions.  I am trained to Level 2 (Advanced BWRT®) will tell you which I believe would be most suitable for you at our initial consultation.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how BWRT® could help you, or for more information about BWRT® visit the Institute of BrainWorking Recursive Therapy™ website at

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Afraid of the dentist? Try this!

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I was recently at the dentists, having some pretty invasive work done – you know the type – root canal work, large syringes and all sorts of other tortuous looking instruments! The treatment lasted for about an hour.  Personally I don’t usually have much problem with dental work, I’m usually able to take myself off in my mind so that I hardly notice what’s going on. However on those occasions that the work has gone on for some time and been fairly complex – I admit that at times I’ve felt pretty uncomfortable.   And so I was expecting some discomfort and anxiety this time.  However, it was completely different on this occasion – and not because the treatment wasn’t difficult, it was purely down to the way I coped with it.

My dentist normally talks through the whole procedure, giving a commentary both for my benefit, but also for his nurse, but to be honest I normally don’t pay much attention.  But this time it turned out that at one point that he was trying to get my attention to ask me to do something – and I was so far away, the nurse had to physically shake me to get my attention!  Yes I was miles away and hardly aware at all of what was going on.  Even on previous occasions when I’ve used self-hypnosis in the dental chair, I’ve never before achieved that level of ‘trance’, which is what I believe it was.  When I “came to” there I was with clamps and dental pliers sticking out of my mouth that I’d been completely unaware of!  That suction thing (that I normally find pretty unpleasant) was doing its job quite happily, without my even noticing it.

Yet curiously, when I asked myself what I HAD been focused on instead  – the answer was not waterfalls, a walk through a meadow, or a tropical beach  or any of those things that traditional hypnotherapy recommends, no…. I was completely and utterly absorbed by thinking about my plans for later that day!   Work, to be precise.  Yes, dull I know!

Now I am aware that other Hypnotherapists may say that this isn’t helpful; that we should take our mind away from reality,  to “a safe place”  – or some imaginary fantasy.  But on this occasion I discovered that my more practical daydreaming was the perfect distraction to take my mind off what was going on.   To the degree that I hardly felt a thing, and the hour was over in a flash!  At the end of the appointment my dentist complimented me on my relaxed demeanour and how well I’d coped with what he said was a tough treatment session.

However I do admit that probably the most uncomfortable part was the injections at the start – probably because at that stage I hadn’t yet taken my mind far enough away.  But I do find that dental injections are much easier to cope with if you allow yourself to become curious about the sensation.  Because when you are more receptive to it, the sensation is not particularly painful – I’m sure we all undergo much more painful things in our lives, such as, in my case, standing up in heels for a whole evening!  The sensation is a bit odd and uncomfortable, but on a scale of 1-10 pain wise I’d put it no higher than a 3 or 4.

So,  next time you’re about to have some dental work,  why not try being curious about the injections, and then allowing your mind to drift to thinking about what you’ll be doing later in the day, or other future plans!  It seems to work for me!


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E-cigarettes: good or bad?

This image is released under Creative Commons. If used, please attribute to has been much in the press this week about e-cigarettes, and lots of debate about whether they are good or bad.  People have strong opinions on both sides.  Supporters of ‘e-cigs’ (or ‘vapes’ as they are sometimes called) claim that smoking an e-cigarette is less harmful than smoking tobacco, and that e-cigarettes can help a smoker to quit.  Whilst there is some evidence to support this, there is also evidence that suggests that e-cigarettes pose their own risks.

My personal opinion is more in line with the latter.  From working with many smokers wishing to quit, as well as with people with smoking or nicotine addictions, and talking to them in depth about their smoking habits and attempts to quit, I have come to believe that:

  • E-cigarettes cause people to remain addicted to nicotine, so they maintain a need to have regular doses of nicotine.  Whereas nicotine is a fast acting drug which means that withdrawal is relatively easy and quick – why prolong the addiction?
  • People who become ‘addicted’ to e-cigarettes are more likely to go back to smoking cigarettes – for example if their e-cigarette runs out of charge
  • There is increasing evidence that young people are taking to smoking e-cigarettes, because they are seen as cool.  Whilst this is a relatively new phenomenon, I expect that many of those young people will eventually move on to smoking tobacco to get their nicotine hit.
  • Nicotine is a dangerous chemical.  It is a strong stimulant and has a damaging effect on the nerves and blood vessels.  It is so poisonous that even just a small amount injected into the blood stream can kill; indeed it is used by the veterinary profession to euthanise animals a large as horses.

Many people who have come to me for stop smoking therapy have told me that they tried e-cigarettes, and were able to quit temporarily but ultimately went back to smoking tobacco.  However, after just one session with me they found quitting easy and became non-smokers overnight:

“…I just wanted to let you know that I never thought it would be so easy to stop smoking!  Thanks to you I’ve got rid of that nasty habit that was starting to make me feel like a social outcast.  I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to give up, but after our session together it just seemed like the easiest thing in the world. One of the easiest things I’ve ever done in fact!  Thanks so much.”  Testimonial from a male stop smoking client.

It will be interesting to see where the debate leads, and if organisations will also ban e-cigarettes (as some already have).   I recommend to people who come to me for stop smoking therapy that they avoid using any nicotine replacement products, including e-cigarettes, as this can prolong their nicotine addiction and may lead to them going back to cigarettes.  If you would like to stop smoking, check out my stop smoking therapy  or get in touch.

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