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.

Meet the specialists

Motivational Interviewing is a technique that really gets my clients to articulate their reasons for wanting to change. In a supportive manner we will explore your need for change, and the reasons why you want to change. I love this approach because it is client centered, increases the clients motivation, and allows the client to commit to the change. My role is to listen, reflect, and help my client make the changes necessary so that the can become a better version of themselves.

— Natasha Fortune, Counselor in Long Island City, NY

I use motivational interviewing to understand what drives parents' desire to change the way they are parenting. This helps me to focus my coaching toward that motivation and help the parents focus on it as well. For example, if the parents' motivation is less stress and more free time, I can remind the parents of this when making parenting decisions.

— Lisa Wittorff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I have training in motivational interviewing and the impact it has on building the therapeutic relationship.

— Katelyn Prechel, Clinical Social Worker in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

I was trained in motivational interviewing through my alcohol and drug abuse certificate courses and multiple continuing education seminars. I have worked with those battling addiction and with legal issues my entire career.

— Michael Krusinsky, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, 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.

— James Foley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, New York, NY

I have attended over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing and led training for other staff on techniques for 2 1/2 years.

— Colleen Steppa, Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve conflictingco feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.

— Jeremy Poling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rockingham (Harrisonburg), VA

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 Professional Counselor Intern in ORLANDO, FL

Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed, and departs from traditional Rogerian client-centered therapy through this use of direction, in which therapists attempt to influence clients to consider making changes, rather than engaging in non-directive therapeutic exploration.

— Tony Filanowski, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I have worked with Motivational Interviewing since before I began my work as a counselor. This theory helps an individual understand what they can get out of therapy and how to achieve the results they want. It looks at what can you do to help improve your life - finding the areas you would like to improve and then looking at ways to do it better.

— Taunya Gesner, Counselor in Gresham, OR

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 ,

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, I was a member of the Motivational Interviewing trainers group, tasked with providing one-on-one coaching for staff, as well as team presentations to the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, as part of an initiative to incorporate MI throughout programs.

— Jennifer Collins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA

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

I have been using motivational interviewing with clients for years to help them assess where they are at in their problems and help them to identify the beliefs/barriers that are keeping them moving ahead. I meet patients at their current stage of change and help them move forward.

— Beth Orns, Counselor in Columbia, MO

I have attended multiple trainings and used motivational interviewing techniques with multiple individuals.

— Jennifer Hsia, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

There are obsessions and addictions that we want to change such as smoking, porn/sex addiction, shopping, overeating, dieting or exercise, substance use and others. We know how badly addictions and compulsive behavior make us feel. We can’t always stop these behaviors on our own. In therapy, I will help you find and grow your motivation to change and achieve your goals. It can be a difficult road but I will get you there and show you how.

— Elissa Grunblatt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Amityville, NY

Motivational interviewing is an important tool I use in my practice to empower patients and change their negative thinking about themselves and the world around them.

— Jenny Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Coral Gables, FL

I have received graduate and clinical training in implementing Motivational Interviewing. I utilize MI to address anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and to build therapeutic rapport.

— Miklos Hargitay, Psychologist in New York, NY

Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered and targeted approach to therapy. It provides a direction for therapy that is rooted in your value system. You and I will work together as a team to uncover your goals, and explore how to leverage your intrinsic strengths to meet those goals. Motivational Interviewing is at the heart of my training both as a social worker and an addictions professional.

— Kian Leggett, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Tacoma, WA

I have experience using motivational interviewing as a therapy modality and as a evidence based practice.

— Leticia M. Facundo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Upland, CA

Motivational interviewing helps you learn what the real reasons behind your choices are so that you can become aware of healthier strategies to meet your unmet needs leading to deeper understanding of how to really get what you want out of life.

— Kelsey Darmochwal, Counselor in Fort Wayne, IN

I have worked with clients for the past six years with motivational interviewing. This therapy allows clients to reach their goals and understand their motivations while rolling with normal resistance that comes with change.

— Heather Bell, Clinical Social Worker in Clackamas, OR