Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a goal-focused, client-centered counseling approach developed, in part, by clinical psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick. The goal of MI is to help people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities and find the motivation they need to change their behavior. Although motivational interviewing was first used for problem drinking and others with substance abuse issues, it has been proven effective for many people struggling with making healthier choices. This therapeutic technique works especially well with those who start off resistive, unmotivated or unprepared for change (and less well on those who are already prepared and motivated to change). Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s motivational interviewing specialists today.

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MI is a supportive approach when clients are in the pre-contemplation, contemplation, and preparation stages of change. Through rapport with the therapist, clients can look at areas where change is possible. It is a very empowering approach, as clients recognize that it is up to them to make changes. By recognizing that they are actively choosing their choices in life, clients recognize that they are ultimately responsible for the rewards and consequences that they experience in life.

— Erin Blasdel-Gebelin, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

I have a graduate certificate in completion of a Motivational Interviewing course. This therapeutic orientation seeks to meet the client in their current state of change and use internal motivation to meet goals.

— Melodie Cabitac, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

I have multiple trainings over the course of my career, and utilized this treatment multiple times.

— Kristina Mills-Gregory, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Motivational Interviewing is about increasing our readiness for change by understanding our internal strengths and motivations. Your therapist is there to guide, empower, and help you find your own sense of meaning. Through this focused style of communication, we can move past the surface level reasons why we are or are not doing something we care about deeply. MI asks you the questions you need to get unstuck and move to the next stage of growth.

— Kayla Tiller, Licensed Master of Social Work in Houston, TX 77058, TX

Thru partnership, evocation, acceptance and compassion, we can move forward to make changes in your life. Throughout my career these principals have been the cornerstones of my practice.

— Mario Arias, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Republic, MO

Motivational interviewing is used in counseling to assist individuals resolve with ambivalent or indecisive feelings towards change. Together we can work on barriers to change and focus on the stage of change you are currently embracing.

— Porsche Collins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Sometimes what you think you're supposed to want is not what you really want and you can't seem to make definite choices, leading to stress/anxiety. Sometimes entering a healthy dialogue with ourselves to overcome ambivalence is easier to do with a therapist using motivational interviewing techniques. Problem-solving and decision-making become clearer with an exploration of all sides of an issue, with more perspectives, and with some supportive coaching.

— Gillian Gillette, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

I express empathy through reflective listening to what consequences the client has created alone but whose disorder may convince him he has only partially created, and I will describe the discrepancy between clients' goals and the recent behavior, and being I have have many thousands of hours of this behind me, we avoid argument and dissolve the clients resistance to motivate them to begin the work towards dismantling their disorder piece by piece.

— "Sex Addiction", Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in New York, New York, NY

Motivational interviewing is a powerful tool to help you make decisions, identify goals, and make lasting changes in your life. This technique empowers you to understand and then take steps towards what you want.

— Megan McDavid, Sex Therapist in Portland, OR

I help individuals set and reach SMART goals for both their professional and personal lives. I believe that clients are the experts on their own lives and I work to help clients recognize their own strengths and utilize those strengths to achieve their goals.

— Julie Dominicak, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

I use motivational interviewing with people who are struggling to commit to a decision and move forward. Motivational interviewing is highly effective when used for treating addiction and making difficult choices that are out of your comfort zone. I use this method in a supportive way and have demonstrated a lot of success with clients in their lives.

— Barbara Ferri, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Finding the motivation you have for making change is like finding the gas station. Your individual motivation will fuel your journey. Many people want to change and find it very difficult to do so. With motivational interviewing I help you discern your values and reasons for making new choices that lead to long-term changes in your life.

— Heidi Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Virtual sessions, CA

Trained with MI expert DeeDee Stout for 5+ years and still meet monthly.

— Laurie Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plymouth, MI

Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach designed to help people find the motivation to make a positive behavior change. This client-centered approach is particularly effective for people who have mixed feelings about changing their behavior. I personally pair motivational interviewing with cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients see their thoughts, feelings and behaviors through a different lens.

— Christina Rogers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

In order for change to occur the individual has to believe change is necessary. Utilizing Motivational Interviewing will help myself and the client to assess how ready they are for change. Knowing where the client is will assist with developing appropriate goals and a treatment plan for the client.

— Alicia Richardson, Licensed Professional Counselor