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

I was trained through the Veteran's Administration to utilize Motivational Interviewing in every session. Assisting people to identify their barriers and to develop an action plan to achieve their goals can help with every clinical intervention.

— Kirsten Hardy, 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

I was trained in Motivation Interviewing in 2009 and have continued refresher trainings since. Motivational Interviewing is a specific way to ask questions to help someone figure out what a problem or goal might be and how they can get there. I also often use these techniques to help people realize they usually already have the tools they need to solve the problems in their life.

— Mal Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

My first foray into addiction counseling included training in Motivational Interviewing. Since that time, I have utilized that model to work with clients and found it to be exceedingly helpful with all types of clients. I have regularly engaged in workshops and training focused on Motivational Interviewing because of the success I have found in utilizing this approach.

— Love Singleton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

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

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

Working together with my clients to become more decisive and confident in their decision making skills is key to my practice.

— Alisa Zachery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I use the five principles of Motivational Interviewing: 1) Expressing empathy through reflective listening. 2) Show the difference to the client between their goals/values and their current behavior. 3) Shifting away from direct confrontation. 4) Adjusting to the client's resistance rather than opposing it directly. 5) Validate self-supporting behaviors and client optimism.

— Christine Turo-Shields, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwood, IN

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

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

Motivation interviewing in therapy is another great tool that can be utilized just how the name sounds. It involves being more focused and goal-directed on whatever goals you may be trying to achieve. The role of the therapist is one of support and non-judgement.

— Claudia Matos, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Orlando, FL

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

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 Phoenix, AZ

By discovering someone's goals and wants, is the key to helping them reach their desires of live. Using motivational therapy is a method used in counseling to help people express these thoughts, feelings, and goals. What's important to you is the focus of therapy.

— Suzanne Opperman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Columbia, MO

Have been trained in Motivational Interviewing by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

— Christian Lamb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker