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

I have been using this treatment modality for my entire career, and it has proven to be effective for individuals who are still contemplating their readiness for change. While others in your life may be growing frustrated, I am more than willing to sit with you in that contemplation and help you move towards your goals at your own pace.

— Sam Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

This set of skills is based on asking a series of questions to help you uncover your underlying reasons to move forward with plans or identify and work with obstacles that prevent you from doing so.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in ,

My first foray into addiction counseling included training in Motivational Interviewing. Since that time, I have utilized that model to work with clients and found it to be exceedingly helpful with all types of clients. I have regularly engaged in workshops and training focused on Motivational Interviewing because of the success I have found in utilizing this approach.

— Love Singleton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cape Coral, FL

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

This method will help you resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes. It is also non-judgmental and conversational.

— Alexandra Stark, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Brecksville, OH

I am a licensed addictions counselor this is a large part of our training and modalities used to determine readiness to change.

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

I have had multiple trainings on MI, and believe it can help help uncover different ways of thinking about a situation.

— Charleen Gonzalez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

Motivational Interviewing can be helpful in having my clients understand how their chosen actions are influencing quality of life. If poor choices are frequently made, how are these choices not only hurting, but also keeping self distant from those their is a desire to be close to. Together, we will examine all there is to gain by exploring how making better choices can improve quality of life.

— Michael Love, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

Motivational interviewing (MI) helps to build a collaborative conversation that strengthens a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. The overall therapeutic style of MI is guiding you to change goals you are wanting to achieve within your life. It is a normal human experience to be ambivalent about change and shows you are one step closer to your goal. Using Motivational Interviewing therapeutically will help you explore your own reasons for changing in a safe environment.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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

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

Motivational Interviewing is a stance that explores and supports you own unique change process, on any kind of change you are seeking. Specific techniques can help you identify what motivates you and what sets you back. You will learn tools to help you understand the universal elements of making and maintaining changes - tools that you can use long after therapy ends.

— Karen Keys, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

With a background working in outpatient addiction treatment, I have extensive experience in working with your reasons for wanting to make changes in your life, and enhancing your motivation towards that change.

— Matt McCullough, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I learned about this approach in my masters program, have used it since, have attended motivational interviewing training and have presented professionally on motivational interviewing.

— Margaret Keig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orlando, FL

There are many benefits of using motivational interviewing in therapy and this approach has been proven successful for many of my clients. Some benefits are allowing patients to talk through their problems, envisioning change, & building confidence.

— Ashley Gentil, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY