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 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 Durango, CO

Utilizing motivational interviewing, which is a directive client-centered counseling style, in tandem with CBT has demonstrated to bring about change and growth in patients in a rapid and efficient manner. By going through the stages of change with patients, it can help them to see where they may be stuck in ambivalence and inspire them to move in a positive direction of behavior change.

— Dawn Ginestra, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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

In Motivation Interviewing I will help you to recognize the differences between current behavioral patterns and your more ideal behaviors. I will ask you questions aimed to help you reconsider the costs and benefits of wanted and unwanted behaviors. Of note, this is one of the main treatments for substance use disorders. It has proven to be extremely effective and I have been studying it for 15 years.

— Jessica Morillo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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 Maitland, FL

Motivational Interviewing is a form of therapy used most commonly when something is blocking you from reaching your goals. In this technique, we will explore in depth what is holding you back from you living your best life and find ways to move towards those goals.

— Corey Nielsen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Collins, CO

The power to change is instrumental and exists within each of us led by one step. Motivational interviewing provides an instrument that can facilitate that change. I have utilized motivational interviewing with clients with expressed ambivalence toward change and reframing negative self talk.

— Patrice Hutson, Mental Health Counselor

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is my bread and butter for substance use disorders. It is researched extensively as the best therapeutic modality for people suffering from Substance Disorder issues. MI helps patients to identify their core values and goals to change behaviors. MI is a collaborative form of communication focused on your individual language of change. I would love to help you with SUD struggles by using MI.

— Kenji Hammon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Motivational Interviewing is useful in in empowering change in clients while facilitating a process of self-actualization, allowing the client to be charge of their own behaviors and fate.

— Margaret Riback, Counselor in Garden City, NY

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

Motivational interviewing is about helping people move through ambivalence towards changes that they want to make. We all have ambivalence and this is a NORMAL part of the change process. My goal is to help you understand how change works and help you move through the process while learning to care for yourself.

— Amber Holt, Clinical Social Worker in Gig Harbor, WA

Often people come to therapy not sure what if anything they are willing to change. Sometimes they have been forced to come, due to family and loved ones, or they have come themselves, but they are unsure how much they want things to be different. I help individuals engage in a process where they can explore what change means to them and why or why not they may be willing to change certain behaviors.

— Joy Zelikovsky, Psychologist in Milford, CT

Change is hard. If change was easy, we wouldn't struggle with it as a society as often as we do. Substance and alcohol use disorders, gambling addiction, food addiction, etc. When others try to tell us that we NEED to do in order to make changes in our life, this can lead to feeling defeated and/or defensive. MI is an approach that helps clients come to change terms that work best for them while promoting intrinsic motivation for positive changes in one's life.

— Kellie A. Ebberup-Krug, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Two people could want the same outcome, but have very different motivations. Being clear about the "why" behind your individual desires can drive healthier habits. Using questions can help you better understand your own motivation and use it to cement those healthier habits to support your wellness.

— Kathryn Werner, Physicians Assistant in Boise, ID