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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Motivational interviewing (MI) is a person-centered strategy. It is used to elicit client motivation to change a specific negative behavior. MI engages clients, elicits change talk and evokes patient motivation to make positive changes. It can also be used to explore discrepancies that interfere with progress with making change.

— Barbara Morales-Rossi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey, CA

My approach to utilizing MI is to allow our partnership to guide our work. By having a conversation and exploring your willingness to make changes in your life we are able to focus on what matters most to you.

— Dania Uritskiy, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Motivational Interviewing is a style of psychotherapy that is built from Person-Centered therapy and has much research supporting it's efficacy. I have advanced training on this style of treatment and I rely on it heavily in every session. The purpose of this style of therapy is to elicit a client's intrinsic reasons to want to change and to build motivation through a dialogue.

— Ryan Thurwachter-King, Psychotherapist

Feeling stuck, confused, or unsure "what's next?" after a major personal or professional milestone? Or has a recent setback got you wondering where to go from here? One or two sessions of motivational interviewing (MI) can be an affirming, nonjudgmental way to explore your options and gain some clarity. We'll talk about how your values and choices fit together and figure out what's holding you back from change. MI works either as a standalone treatment or to help clarify your therapy goals.

— Benjamin Pfeifer, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

Personal growth is so... personal. How could I know more than you of what you want and need at any given time? MI is a respectful system that helps you determine your own goals. I will not be telling you what to do or think; I will be there beside you listening carefully so that you can hear yourself. This way we can get you further down the road to knowing yourself and living your values.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I have completed several courses and post graduate seminars on practical applications of and how to implement Motivational Interviewing. This is a modality of treatment that is helpful for resolving ambiguity which can sometimes keep us stuck in a negative behavior or a negative perception about our abilities.

— Kevin Taylor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in forest hills, NY

Motivational Interviewing can be helpful in having my clients understand how their chosen actions are influencing quality of life. Sometimes we want to make changes, but, there's something holding us back. It's easy to sit on the fence and talk ourselves out of meaningful action. Motivational Interviewing can help us clarify our goals and get unstuck.

— Aimee Perlmutter, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Motivational interviewing is a tool that we all can use in our daily lives. The primary principles of this technique is to use open ended questions in order to deepen the understanding of motivation (stages of change), build rapport, be empathetic to meeting client's needs, and empower self efficacy.

— Heather Nemeth, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Western Springs, IL

As an addiction professional for over 10 years, MI is a foundational method of helping a client move toward change.

— Gregory Gooden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in POMONA, CA

Most issues in therapy come back to the topic of ambivalence at some point. Motivational interviewing is able to help you hear your thoughts so that you can let go of whatever is holding you back from a decision.

— Elle Bernfeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

This approach is best suited towards those looking to make changes. I help the individual own the arguments for change, address mixed feelings and look at pros and cons to making changes. Generally, this method is geared towards those I help with substance use issues. However, the concept can be applied to many areas of life that we want to improve.

— Scott Bragg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Paoli, PA

Wrestling with a big decision? Feeling pulled in opposite directions as one part wants to make a change while the other doesn't? Thinking of leaving your job, changing careers, or starting a company? Contemplating whether to smoke less weed or cigarettes? Through Motivational Interviewing, we'll work through ambivalence so you're no longer stuck or conflicted. We'll explore your reasons for change, problem solve barriers, and set you up for success.

— Lisa Andresen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

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

I am trained in Advanced Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based practice useful for any type of behavior change. Often used to address substance use, its non-judgmental, person-centered techniques provide an affirming, objective, and caring way to explore a variety of concerns and habits, e.g. creating 'better work-life balance,' to quit smoking, increase physical activity...

— Johanna Karasik, Counselor in Northglenn, CO