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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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 specialize in medication management and uses motivation interviewing techniques during assessment. Our goal is targeting your current symptoms and make you feel better again.

— Hopeland Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Phoenix, AZ
 

I utilize a motivational approach when I see a client is experiencing self-doubt, low confidence, or depression. By implementing this approach, client's have overcome their low self-worth by reflecting on their positive attributes, pondering their accomplishments, and thinking about their future goals. I also work with my client's in creating a lsit of positive affirmations that they can refer to on a daily basis to improve their own view of themself.

— Brittany Bergersen, Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

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
 

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

Motivational Interviewing can be helpful in having my clients understand how their chosen actions are influencing quality of life. Sometimes we want to make changes, but, there's something holding us back. It's easy to sit on the fence and talk ourselves out of meaningful action. Motivational Interviewing can help us clarify our goals and get unstuck.

— Aimee Perlmutter, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
 

I have used motivational interviewing in the treatment of substance use disorder over the past 4 years. I work with my client using motivational interviewing to enhance the motivation to overcome substance use.

— Esther Odaibo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR

I utilize MI in session to Engage clients using open-ended questions, empathic reflections, autonomy-supportive affirmations, and rolling with resistance. MI is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

— Melissa Oden, Licensed Master of Social Work in New Baltimore, MI
 

Sometimes we want to make changes, but, there's something holding us back. It's easy to sit on the fence and talk ourselves out of meaningful action. Motivational Interviewing can help us clarify our goals and get unstuck.

— Danielle Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO

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 in Portland, OR
 

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

The "Roadmaps" in MI can be thought of as personalized, strategic plans that guide individuals through their journey of coping with anxiety and depression, identifying specific steps and strategies tailored to their unique experiences and goals. This method fosters a sense of autonomy and control in clients, essential factors in managing and alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.

— janet Yager, Mental Health Practitioner in Troy, NY
 

While using Motivation Interviewing, I focus on exploring and resolving ambivalence towards change. Through a collaborative process, I help individuals identify their own reasons for change and work towards their goals. Whether dealing with addiction, mental health or other life challenges, Motivation Interviewing can be a powerful tool to promote lasting change and personal growth.

— Scotty Gilmore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

Motivational Interviewing is a way to understand your internal motivations and to use those to develop goals that work for you and help you find meaning in the steps you take.

— MAGGIE METCALFE, Counselor in Acme, WA
 

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

Often people know what it is they want, but for some reason get stuck in a place of ambivalence. Sometimes the biggest obstacle we face is an irrational fear of failure. Dale helps clients to see beyond whatever is preventing them from making that leap of faith toward positive change. He helps clients actualize their dreams by turning those dreams into achievable goals.

— Dale Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
 

I've had several trainings for MI and started my career in treatment facilities for substance abuse. While it's thought to be more challenging with people that have addiction issues, everyone struggles with motivation at times. I use the same curious and non-judgmental approach with all of my clients.

— Jennifer Brey, Counselor in , PA