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 like utilizing motivational interviewing to assess client's status on the Stages of Change and how committed they are to their recovery process.

— Cynthia Aleman, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Lakeland, FL

I love the open, collaborative process of motivational interviewing. It allows clients and the therapist to work together. There is no judgment. It is rooted in curiosity, exploration and if possible, understanding. Meeting my clients where they are, I ask open-ended questions to facilitate dialogue and exploration that may prompt insight, direction, and connections for the client. It is rooted in tapping into the client' intrinsic qualities and inner strengths as the experts in their own life.

— Yasmin Jordan, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

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

Often times we don't make change in our life because we feel ambiguous about it or are worried about all the potential outcomes. By focusing on levels of motivation and clarifying goals, we can plan our next steps with confidence and assurance that it's what we really want.

— Rachel Ruiz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Folsom, CA

I have been using motivational interviewing for the past six years, I find it extremely helpful when working with clients who are resistant to change.

— Jacob Ross, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Assisting clients with developing their stages of change to implement shifts in areas of live they wish to improve.

— Seth Feldman, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I earned my certification from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 2015. I have completed refresher courses annually and practice this evidence-based practice frequently with clients over the years. Since 2021, I have taught MSW and BASW level interns to incorporate elements of motivational interviewing as part of their practicum.

— Eddy Gana, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Monterey Park, CA

Most people have the answers that they need already within themselves. Using motivational interviewing we can get to those answers and get you in a place where you don't feel stuck.

— Kelly Anthony, Counselor in , ID

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

The only true, lasting change that can happen is that which is initiated from within. My goal is not to change you, but to help guide you in making the change that you have been wanting to make for yourself. If others are trying to make you change, we can discuss why that is and what you think is best for you. I completed training in Motivational Interviewing seven years ago and have been successfully using it with students at school and clients in private practice ever since.

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI

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

Navigating the complexities of healthcare for a decade has honed my expertise, where motivational interviewing is a cornerstone of my client interactions. I utilize this approach to enhance communication and empower individuals towards positive change.

— Chanel Freeman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in ,

I came to this way of working later in my career I had been doing much of this but now it had a name. The elements are 1. autonomy of the individual 2. collaboration with the individual 3. Evocation of motivation meaning to talk to the part of the person looking for sustainable change. When I work in this orientation, I point out discrepancies of their actions to their goals. I have empathic responses. I roll with the resistances. I also empower the individual in their change.

— Alicia Walker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ

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 will be a key approach in our work together. We all have struggles with feeling motivated sometimes. With this method, I will help you uncover your own internal motivations, values, and perspectives so that you can positively work toward your goals.

— Joshua Shuman, Psychologist in Beavercreek, OH

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

Using motivational interviewing techniques can help you determine areas of your life where you are most ready to take action.

— Liddy Cole, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brookline, MA