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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Finding the motivation you have for making change is like finding the gas station. Your individual motivation will fuel your journey. Many people want to change and find it very difficult to do so. With motivational interviewing I help you discern your values and reasons for making new choices that lead to long-term changes in your life.

— Heidi Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Virtual sessions, CA

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

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

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

Motivational interviewing is really meeting each person where they are at. In my practice I use this to understand where people want to make changes in their lives and collaborate to prioritize which changes they would like to start with.

— Joseph Beinlich, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

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

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 area, TX

Motivational interviewing is an approach that helps move an individual away from indecision and towards finding the motivation to make positive, life-changing decisions and accomplish goals. Motivational interviewing is a foundational skill that I use with every client on a daily basis.

— Chris Rabanera, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Caseville, MI

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, Counselor in Northglenn, 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

Making a behavior change is a process, and you are the expert on what is needed for your life. Whether you are not ready to make any change right now, or you just need help maintaining the progress you've already made, I will meet you where you are to help you get to the next place you want to be.

— David Johnson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Mateo, CA

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

I have been using this treatment modality for my entire career, and it has proven to be effective for individuals who are still contemplating their readiness for change. While others in your life may be growing frustrated, I am more than willing to sit with you in that contemplation and help you move towards your goals at your own pace.

— Sam Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

My approach to utilizing MI is to allow our partnership to guide our work. By having a conversation and exploring your willingness to make changes in your life we are able to focus on what matters most to you.

— Dania Uritskiy, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Motivational Interviewing can be helpful in having my clients understand how their chosen actions are influencing quality of life. If poor choices are frequently made, how are these choices not only hurting, but also keeping self distant from those their is a desire to be close to. Together, we will examine all there is to gain by exploring how making better choices can improve quality of life.

— Michael Love, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

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.

— Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in New York, New York, NY

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

— Jamie Glick, Counselor in Castle Rock, CO