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 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 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

Techniques used to help you find motivation internally for positive behavior change

— Amanda Lovin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Conyers, GA

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

— Jennifer Driscoll, Counselor in Mamaroneck, NY

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

I have had multiple trainings on MI, and believe it can help help uncover different ways of thinking about a situation.

— Charleen Gonzalez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

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

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

There are many benefits of using motivational interviewing in therapy and this approach has been proven successful for many of my clients. Some benefits are allowing patients to talk through their problems, envisioning change, & building confidence.

— Ashley Gentil, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

"The aim of motivational interviewing is to encourage the patient to become an active participant in the change process by evoking their intrinsic motivations for change. "

— Nikkie Evans, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lincolnshire, IL

Motivational interviewing is really meeting each person where they are at. In my practice I use this to understand where people want to make changes in their lives and collaborate to prioritize which changes they would like to start with.

— Joseph Beinlich, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

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

Making changes in your life can be difficult and overwhelming. Motivational interviewing (MI) helps clients make changes in their lives by eliciting intrinsic motivation to make change. I use MI to help clients discover why they want to make changes in their life, and what steps they need to take to do so.

— Emma Harger, Social Worker in New York, NY

I have found Motivational Interviewing particularly helpful with adolescents who have been referred by parents and are not yet sure if they want to engage. I also use MI when adult clients seem stuck or ambivalent.

— Rachelle Burrell, Clinical Social Worker

In order for change to occur the individual has to believe change is necessary. Utilizing Motivational Interviewing will help myself and the client to assess how ready they are for change. Knowing where the client is will assist with developing appropriate goals and a treatment plan for the client.

— Alicia Richardson, Licensed Professional Counselor

Wrestling with a big decision? Feeling pulled in opposite directions as one part wants to make a change while the other doesn't? Thinking of leaving your job, changing careers, or starting a company? Contemplating whether to smoke less weed or cigarettes? Through Motivational Interviewing, we'll work through ambivalence so you're no longer stuck or conflicted. We'll explore your reasons for change, problem solve barriers, and set you up for success.

— Lisa Andresen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA