BWRT is based on the premise that neural pathways can be reimagined and changed, and that your “go to” reaction can therefore be altered. Neural pathways are the reactions to stimuli that is hardcoded into your brain. As you learn about the world, develop beliefs and experience feelings of pain and joy, patterns are created in the brain that act as shortcuts. Neural pathways contain information relating to sensory, physical and emotional experiences, as well as your thoughts, beliefs and behavioural patterns. Even information relating to chronic sickness and autoimmune disorders are stored in these pathways.

BWRT Level 1 is an efficient short-term therapy where the original neural pathways – which often create fears, phobias, anxiety, panic, PTSD and depression, are replaced with the client’s preferred neural pathways.

BWRT Level 2 is used for more serious issues regarding identity and beliefs of the self. The work centers on the idea that behaviour and beliefs cannot be changed if a client is still clinging to an old identity.

BWRT Level 3 focusses on physical sickness, such as autoimmune disorders and some inflammatory conditions. It deals with psychobiology and the links between the brain, body and mind. New, preferred neural pathways are developed by the client on how to react to the sickness, as well as the symptoms and the beliefs regarding the sickness. With BWRT Level 3, the brain can be used to activate, accelerate or influence the body and associated physiological systems. It is not suggested that Level 3 therapy can “cure” a medical condition, but rather it can help the client to deal as effectively as possible with the condition.

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Written by

Doreen Hofmeyr

Counselling Psychologist and Level 3 trained BWRT practitioner at Paardevlei Therapy Centre