This fantastic new therapy is starting to make waves. As one of the very first practitioners in the world I am delighted to see it going from strength to strength and helping more and more people. It is fantastic at resolving problems such as phobias (as in the article), fears, unwanted habits but also behavioural or emotional problems.
I am an Advanced BWRT® practitioner, so would be happy to answer any queries about this revolutionary new type of therapy.
Working with eating disorders and body image issues is an area of therapy that requires specialist training and knowledge. I am very proud to hold the Master Practitioner for eating disorders and obesity qualification from the National Centre for Eating Disorders to work with the following conditions:
Binge Eating Disorder
Night Eating Syndrome
Feeding or Eating Disorders Not Elsewhere Classified (FEDNEC – which is a catch-all term for other eating related disorders that don’t fit into the above categories)
Eating disorders are classified as:
Restriction of food/energy intake relative to needs (anorexia and sometimes bulimia)
Compensatory behaviours, including self-induced vomiting, excessive exercising, misuse of laxatives (anorexia and bulimia)
Fear of weight gain and/or food and eating (anorexia and bulimia)
Disturbances in and preoccupation with body image (all eating disorders)
However, there are cross-overs between the conditions and sometimes behaviours can change over time meaning that a different type of eating disorder can develop. In fact, it’s not always helpful or relevant to have a diagnosis, as what matters is how the individual is affected.
Eating disorders and eating distress have an enormous psychological impact on sufferers and can dominate their lives. At times it may feel as though the eating disorder is in charge. Effects can be long term, recovery can be challenging and sadly, eating disorders have the highest death rate of all mental health conditions, often through suicide. But people do recover and go on to develop healthy relationships with food and with themselves.
The condition may also have a dramatic effect on the sufferer’s physical health. Abnormal food absorption – either too little or too much, or poor food choices – affects the body’s metabolic balance which can result in negative physical consequences, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, thryroid imbalance, infertility and physical damage to the digestive tract or teeth.
In short, eating disorders of all types seriously impair the physical and psychological health of the sufferer, and significantly affect their daily life, so specialist support is recommended to help the sufferer move towards recovery.
What sort of help do eating disorder sufferers need?
Firstly they need to be able to fully understand their condition, so treatment for eating disorders should have a psycho-educational component, which looks at the whole picture of what is going on for them, both physically and mentally.
Whilst there is seldom a single ’cause’ to an eating disorder, there are often predisposing and precipitating factors – the eating disorder specialist can help the sufferer to recognise and understand them. We also look for perpetuating factors that have been keeping them stuck.
Nutritional rehabilitation is very important when addressing eating disorders as many of the symptoms and behaviours are caused or perpetuated by dietary distress. An eating disorder specialist should be familiar with the nutritional basis of eating disorders as well as for recovery, and in some cases should work alongside a dietician or nutritionist to best support their client. I have studied nutritional basics as part of my eating disorders and obesity qualification.
I have continued to keep my skills and knowledge in this area up to date, attending courses run by Kings College IoPPN and the Maudsley Hospital among others.
While undergoing treatment for an eating disorder, medical monitoring is essential, which can be carried out by the client’s GP or by a specialist eating disorder service. A good eating disorder therapist will be in contact with the client’s GP. An eating disorder specialist must know when medical intervention is indicated and should be trained to look out for the signs and symptoms.
An eating disorder specialist will also be mindful of the systemic factors affecting their client, such as family situation and background, social situation, school, college or work. These factors are all part of the complexity of an eating disorder. In some cases it may be necessary to work with the client’s family.
In summary, there is no ‘quick fix’ therapy for eating disorders so it is important that good rapport develops between the client and the therapist, and that the work is thorough, courageous and supportive.
Please contact me if you feel that you or one of your loved ones may benefit from finding out how I can help with eating disorders or eating distress, or to book a confidential free assessment.
BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, also known as BWRT®, is a modern and very effective type of psychological therapy based on the latest knowledge of how the brain works. BWRT® helps people to change their thought and behaviour patterns when faced with certain situations or stimuli, thus allowing them to achieve desired changes to habits, behaviours, emotions or even sense of identity.
I am very pleased to be able to offer my clients access to BWRT®, which can be carried out either face to face or online¹. I am an Advanced BWRT® practitioner, and was a founder member of the British BrainWorking Research Society, which was established to continue researching new methodologies and outcomes using BWRT® principles.
What is BWRT® and how does it work? BWRT® is a talking therapy that involves no state change such as hypnosis or trance, nor does it involve any physical intervention or touch. It is unlike any form of therapy you may have experienced before. However is simple, safe and effective and often very quick. You will work with a BWRT® practitioner such as myself who will help you to access and implement the changes you wish to make at a neurological level, taking advantage of the brain’s plasticity (ability to change the way it processes information, thoughts or feelings). This is all done by using your own creativity and brain power! You will be guided through the process, which is relatively simple and fast.
What can BWRT® help with? BWRT® can provide relief from a wide range of problems – from unwanted habits, irrational phobias or fears to behavioural or emotional problems. BWRT® can also help to address anxiety, performance or exam nerves. Advanced (Level 2) BWRT® can help to address more deeply ingrained issues related to how you see yourself (identity) including confidence, self-esteem, motivation or self image problems.
How long does it take? Many people see good results following just one session; sometimes it takes a little longer, but rarely more than 2 or 3 sessions for an individual problem. If the problem you want to resolve is more deeply rooted or is connected to how you see yourself, then I may advise using the Advanced BWRT® protocol (Level 2) which is a minimum 4 week programme with a session once per week. Again, more follow up sessions may be required, but I will guide you throughout and let you know what to expect at all stages.
How can I find out more? Just get in touch with me for a chat. I’d be happy to answer your questions about BWRT®. A BWRT® session costs the same as a counselling or hypnosis session (see my fees here) though results may be obtained more quickly. If I feel that the issue you wish to address may not be suitable for BWRT® I will let you know and discuss other options with you.
Further information provided by the British BrainWorking Research Society: 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. Find out more information on our website: https://www.bbrs.org.uk/index.php
In this video Terence Watts MCGI talks about the discovery and development of BWRT®:
¹ I will advise whether or not it is suitable to work online, depending on your circumstances. Online consultations will normally by by Zoom and clients must accept the potential limitations to confidentiality of using that platform.