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 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 have found Motivational Interviewing particularly helpful with adolescents who have been referred by parents and are not yet sure if they want to engage. I also use MI when adult clients seem stuck or ambivalent.

— Rachelle Burrell, Clinical Social Worker

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

Many people with chronic health conditions have been put into the “sick role”, where they are expected to and rewarded when they passively take in the treatments their all-knowing doctors prescribe. I’m not like that! I want to know what your motivations and goals are for treatment, and I will collaborate with you on your goals, not mine.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

My work with clients starts with developing an understanding of what's driving their current situation and what's interfered with their previous attempts to make changes in their life. Motivational interviewing is a strengths-based approach that really taps into and helps develop the core ingredients necessary to create lasting change in a person's life. I'm well known for my work in this treatment methodology and teach it to groups across the United States.

— Robert Scholz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motivational interviewing is an approach that helps strengthen your desire and commitment for change. Utilizing a few basic tenets, we can work together to increase motivation for change especially when it comes to discontinuing substance use.

— Jennifer Haire, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

In order for change to occur the individual has to believe change is necessary. Utilizing Motivational Interviewing will help myself and the client to assess how ready they are for change. Knowing where the client is will assist with developing appropriate goals and a treatment plan for the client.

— Alicia Richardson, Licensed Professional Counselor

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