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Addressing Generalised Anxiety Disorder with BWRT®.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder affects 5% of the population BWRT® can help.

Addressing Generalised Anxiety Disorder with BWRT®.


BWRT® is probably unlike any other therapy you’ve encountered.

It doesn’t use hypnotherapy or NLP techniques, nor does it involve tapping or touching. It is therefore ideal for those people who feel uncomfortable with some elements of other therapeutic techniques. What does it stand for?


‘BWRT®’ stands for ‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®’, 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 at 


It is distinctly solution-oriented, client-led, and evidence based, and therefore fully meets the requirements of modern therapies.


BWRT® is also based upon sound scientific research. It was inspired in fact by the work of the Nobel winning neuroscientist Benjamin Libet, whose experiments in 1983 changed the way that we understand human actions. Libet discovered that there is a significant gap between your brain beginning to act, and you becoming aware of the action. The gap is about ⅓ of a second. A fairly long period in brain-time.

Just think about that for the moment. It means that there are times when you find yourself doing things and you wonder “why am I doing this?”. As a BWRT® therapist I am trained to use that delay to help you change the unwanted behaviour with something much more resourceful instead. Something YOU choose.  It is partly because the change is something generated by your own brain that BWRT is so powerful and effective.  Resistance is much reduced. So you never need to worry about not being in control of your therapy if you choose BWRT®. In fact BWRT® puts you back in control. 

BWRT® is rapidly gaining acceptance around the world and new applications are being found for it all the time. In September of 2017 Dr Jacek Krysztofiak presented his paper “Epigenetic underpinnings of Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT)” to the Biological Psychiatry Conference of South Africa. The paper looks at how BWRT® can actually change your DNA so that the trauma response is not passed on to the next generation. BWRT® is used successfully in many conditions:-

• nail-biting

• G.A.D (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

• pain relief

• depression

• smoking cessation

• anorexia

• bullying

• binge eating/drinking

• sex addiction

• masturbation fixation

• sexual fetishes/paraphilia

• breaking habits of binge eating/drinking

• phobias

• greater confidence

• “blocks” to learning or creativity

• anxiety

• drug addiction

• limiting beliefs

• grief

• procrastination


What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?


Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a common issue affecting around 5% of the population of the United Kingdom, BWRT® can help.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder or GAD is sometimes referred to as free floating anxiety. The sufferer lives in a state of almost constant high anxiety.  It is often noticed that when one anxiety trigger is dealt with a new one will take its place. A bit like the Lernaean Hydra.  GAD often affects women slightly more frequently than men, and seems to be most prevalent among people in their mid-thirties to early sixties. However teenagers and elderly people may have symptoms of GAD too.

GAD is sometimes also referred to as Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Social Phobia.


BWRT®  offers a way of alleviating GAD


What are the symptoms of GAD?

GAD is usually a long-term condition.  Those with GAD often find it difficult to remember a time when they were really relaxed or free from anxiety.

There are a variety of symptoms relating to Generalised Anxiety Disorder differing from person to person, including:

• a general sense of unease

• muscle tension

• feeling on-edge

• tiredness/fatigue

• difficulty falling asleep

• waking frequently

• stress dreams

• irritability

• lack of concentration

• dizziness

• palpitations




What can I expect from BWRT® session?

  • First of all there is a consultation in which the client history is taken which included finding out how GAD affects affects the client.
  • The client is ask what outcomes s/he would like to achieve. 
  • The process is explained and the client’s role in.  The client’s role is easy.
  • A structured approach that allows the clients to see progress session by session. 
  • Work on dealing with triggers to anxiety. 
  • Work on dealing with response to feelings of anxiety. 
  • The flexibility to deal with other issues which affect therapeutic outcomes such as low self-worth, guilt, shame, and even nebulous fears. 
  • respect
  • acceptance
  • confidentiality


Client’s may also be given “homework” to support the work done between sessions. This can often be very useful for clients, leading to greater person insights that are empowering, comforting, and encouraging. 





Speak to your GP first. 


It is unusual to receive a diagnosis of GAD if the symptoms above are suffered only occasionally.  GAD would be a more likely diagnosis if a number of these symptoms are present most days of the week over a period of around six months.  A GP would need to be seen several times to give such a diagnosis, and in that time it would be possible to rule out other possibilities. Although the internet is a treasury of information it is always best to take health concerns to your GP in the first instance. Drug and alcohol misuse can be the cause of anxiety and can make existing anxiety worse. Excessive intake of caffeine and prescription drugs can also produce unwanted symptoms of anxiety as side-effects – if you are taking any medication the leaflet that comes with the medicine will tell you about this.  If you suspect that medication is making matters worse – you should speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for further advice.


Working together


Many people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder can feel trapped by it. If you have suffered for a long time it is not uncommon to feel that you cannot be “fixed” or that “this is just how I am” - However I can tell you that I have helped many people overcome many forms of anxiety using BWRT®.


It will provide you with some degree of insight into why you feel the way you do, and how you can also do something about it.

GAD is unlikely to vanish in a single session but as a client-centred, solution-focussed therapist my aim is to work with you at a pace with which you are comfortable, to achieve your goals.  I will aim for you to see an improvement at every session. Sometimes during therapy other matters arise that need attention, for example issue of self-worth, guilt or shame.  If issues like these exist then they may need to be dealt with in order to get the best out of the therapy.  We can work on those too always seeking the best possible outcome for you.



I offer a free 30 minute consultation by telephone, Skype, or in person to allow you discover more about your options.  If you live a long way off, or work unsociable hours then Skype sessions are available.

Posted: Thursday 2nd November 2017

Last Updated: Monday 6th November 2017

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