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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I utilize a motivational approach when I see a client is experiencing self-doubt, low confidence, or depression. By implementing this approach, client's have overcome their low self-worth by reflecting on their positive attributes, pondering their accomplishments, and thinking about their future goals. I also work with my client's in creating a lsit of positive affirmations that they can refer to on a daily basis to improve their own view of themself.

— Brittany Bergersen, Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

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

Change is hard! And why shouldn't it be? As much as we may want to change things, it's also scary and frustrating. Let's talk about it.

— Karen Noyes, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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 ,

I have completed two 21 hour training courses on integrating the approach of motivational interviewing in counseling approach. Motivational Interviewing is a counseling approach that is client-centered (you are the expert), counselor directed (I make observations and help increase awareness) focused on resolving inner conflict regarding change. This approach focuses on empowering clients to find their own meaning for, desire to, and capacity for change.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

I have been using motivational interviewing for many years. Doing so enables me to approach people "where they are" as the contemplate behavior change. Depending on a person's stage of change I can help them accordingly.

— Tim Lineaweaver, Addictions Counselor

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

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

“MI is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013, p. 29)

— Thomas Jones, Clinical Social Worker

I have had extensive training in this technique and have been a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers)

— Jamie Glick, Therapist in Castle Rock, CO

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

I was an Integrated Behavioral Health Fellow where I was trained in CBT and Motivational Interviewing

— Sumara Baig, Therapist in Chicago, IL

Motivational Interviewing (MI) can empower and motivate one to change. It is goal oriented and designed to increase your motivation. We work collaboratively to discover barriers and explore your reasons to change in a safe and accepting environment. William R Miller founded Motivational Interviewing and I suggest you go to to learn more.

— SHEILA HOLT, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Renton, WA

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

Motivational Interviewing is helpful with clients who are debating any sort of change in their life. It highlights motivation to change while facilitating a process of self-actualization, meaning that the client is in charge of their own behaviors and fate.

— Katie DeVoll, Counselor in New york, NY

Motivational interviewing assists clients to effectively examine the underlying beliefs related to their addictive behaviors, and their challenges with moving forward in recovery. This can help to identify the necessary skills and motivation to help to reduce the harm that misuse of substances or negative addictive behaviors such as gambling can cause. Recovery is a process, not just a goal, and being skillfully assisted on this journey can produce desired and lasting benefits.

— Doug Aucoin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I have had extensive training in the use of Motivational Interviewing. I believe in the power of each individual to create change in their own lives, through the use of guided support that assists in the identification of what change is most desired.

— Marie Graven, Counselor in Swannanoa, NC

I have been trained to help you through Motivational Interviewing to integrate specific goals for positive change and/or bring acceptance into your life. I offer detailed techniques to encourage you to achieve your stated desired behavior. I use our therapeutic relationship to empathetically confront your concerns, followed by Socratic questioning to help you discover your thought processes. We use your experiences to strategize solutions. The goal is to help you reinforce specific behaviors.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL