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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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a technique that helps clients deal with change and increasing motivation. MI aims to encourage the patient’s autonomy in decision making where the clinician acts as a guide, clarifying the patient’s strengths and aspirations, listening to their concerns, boosting their confidence in their ability to change, and eventually collaborating with them on a plan for change.

— Gina Zippo-Mazur, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jackson, NJ

I have completed two 21 hour training courses on integrating the approach of motivational interviewing in counseling approach. Motivational Interviewing is a counseling approach that is client-centered (you are the expert), counselor directed (I make observations and help increase awareness) focused on resolving inner conflict regarding change. This approach focuses on empowering clients to find their own meaning for, desire to, and capacity for change.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

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

— Jennifer Driscoll, Counselor in Mamaroneck, NY

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

Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach designed to help people find the motivation to make a positive behavior change. This client-centered approach is particularly effective for people who have mixed feelings about changing their behavior. I personally pair motivational interviewing with cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients see their thoughts, feelings and behaviors through a different lens.

— Christina Rogers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

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

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

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! 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

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

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

It always depends on where you are at based on the stages of change. I meet you where you at to walk through the journey together. Validating and accepting the way you think and feel is part of the process of MI. That’s not to say agreeing with everything. It just means we need to start somewhere together. I completely understand the resistance part of our beings and that’s why I have to accept and understand genuinely your point in order to open the door for change and more growth.

— Dr. Amr Kireem, Clinical Psychologist in Rolling Meadows, IL

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

This set of skills is based on asking a series of questions to help you uncover your underlying reasons to move forward with plans or identify and work with obstacles that prevent you from doing so.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in ,