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 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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northglenn, CO

I am certified in Motivational Interviewing, proven to be effective in treating addictions.

— Jennifer Driscoll, Counselor in Mamaroneck, NY
 

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 (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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

Enrolled in first ever MI academic class at UT School of Social Work in 2007 with Dr. Mary Marden Velasquez providing certification in MI. Additional extensive MI trainings since 2005 include 1-3 day trainings.

— Shawna Williams, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX
 

I can help by providing you with the specific tools needed to overcome your pain. Asking for help can be hard, and at the same time it is the first step toward regaining control of your life.

— Steve Helsel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Commerce Charter Township, MI
 

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