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 have received extensive training and certification, as well as continued education credits in motivational interviewing.

— Diana Cantalupo, Mental Health Counselor

It is not uncommon for many clients to feel caught between wanting to change unhealthy facets of their lives while feeling a mix of hesitancy and uncertainty, ultimately leaving them in limbo for a while. Don't worry if this is you. I won't push or pull you in ways you are not ready for yet, but have specialized tools to meet you where you are and eventually get you unstuck and moving on to where you ultimately want to go, on your terms.

— Rebecca Lomeland, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

I have attended over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing and led training for other staff on techniques for 2 1/2 years.

— Colleen Steppa, Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

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
 

I have used motivational interviewing in the treatment of substance use disorder over the past 4 years. I work with my client using motivational interviewing to enhance the motivation to overcome substance use.

— Esther Odaibo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR

I use open-ended questions, affirmations, and reflective statements to elicit and enhance the client's own insights. By fostering a supportive and empowering environment, Motivational Interviewing encourages autonomy, self-efficacy, and a sense of ownership over the change process.

— Alex Kawliche, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL
 

I utilize motivational interviewing skills to resolve ambivalence and move towards change.

— Samantha Tenner, Therapist in Denver, CO

This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices. Research has shown that this intervention works well with individuals who start off unmotivated or unprepared for change. Motivational interviewing is also appropriate for people who are may not be ready to commit to change, but motivational interviewing can help them move through the emotional stages of change necessary to find their motivation.

— Mary Ellen Kundrat, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

Sometimes, our behavior doesn't line up with our desires outcomes. This is called cognitive dissonance, and is an incredibly common phenomenon. Through motivational interviewing, we harness our cognitive dissonance to promote behavioral change that is more in line with our goals and desired outcomes.

— Shannon Hendrickson, Clinical Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change. Motivational Interviewing allows for collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change.

— Crystal Bettenhausen-Bubulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Coronado, CA
 

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

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

I utilize this approach with all change processes. The way society teaches us to think about change is misleading and can impede our ability to make change in our Iives. This approach helps fix this misconception - inciting change.

— Kelsey Whittlesey, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

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

I am clinically trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and have completed academic coursework in this method. I have also applied it in practice, particularly in substance use assessments. MI's client-centered approach aligns with my belief in empowering individuals to discover and harness their intrinsic motivation for change. My experience with MI allows me to skillfully navigate conversations, helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence, and encouraging a shift towards positive change.

— Beatrice Paksa, Student Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Trained to provide MI and typically always incorporate into sessions.

— Ashley Hilkey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bloomington, IN

Motivational Interviewing 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.

— Allyse Teltser, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Roswell, GA
 

I have wealth of experience utilizing this modality

— Judith Maduh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Frisco, TX