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

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

This is person-centered strategy used to elicit client motivation to change negative behavior.

— Patricia L Sellers, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

Motivational Interviewing is a stance that explores and supports you own unique change process, on any kind of change you are seeking. Specific techniques can help you identify what motivates you and what sets you back. You will learn tools to help you understand the universal elements of making and maintaining changes - tools that you can use long after therapy ends.

— Karen Keys, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I love working with clients ambivalence about substance use (and change) which is normal and constitutes an important motivational obstacle in recovery. I also help resolve the ambivalence by working with client's intrinsic motivations and values.

— Jesse James, Addictions Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Motivational interviewing is about helping people move through ambivalence towards changes that they want to make. We all have ambivalence and this is a NORMAL part of the change process. My goal is to help you understand how change works and help you move through the process while learning to care for yourself.

— Amber Holt, Clinical Social Worker in Gig Harbor, WA

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

Often, people are ambivalent not sure what decision to make. This technique as powerful as I help you to become empowered in your decision making and commitment to your goals.

— Dominique Sanders, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Las Vegas, NV

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

I am trained in Advanced Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based practice useful for any type of behavior change. Often used to address substance use, its non-judgmental, person-centered techniques provide an affirming, objective, and caring way to explore a variety of concerns and habits, e.g. creating 'better work-life balance,' to quit smoking, increase physical activity...

— Johanna Karasik, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

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

Motivational interviewing (MI) helps to build a collaborative conversation that strengthens a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. The overall therapeutic style of MI is guiding you to change goals you are wanting to achieve within your life. It is a normal human experience to be ambivalent about change and shows you are one step closer to your goal. Using Motivational Interviewing therapeutically will help you explore your own reasons for changing in a safe environment.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Motivational interviewing is a tool that we all can use in our daily lives. The primary principles of this technique is to use open ended questions in order to deepen the understanding of motivation (stages of change), build rapport, be empathetic to meeting client's needs, and empower self efficacy.

— Heather Nemeth, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hinsdale, IL

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

This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices. Research has shown that this intervention works well with individuals who start off unmotivated or unprepared for change. Motivational interviewing is also appropriate for people who are may not be ready to commit to change, but motivational interviewing can help them move through the emotional stages of change necessary to find their motivation.

— Mary Ellen Kundrat, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 Intern

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.

— Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in New York, New York, NY

Most issues in therapy come back to the topic of ambivalence at some point. Motivational interviewing is able to help you hear your thoughts so that you can let go of whatever is holding you back from a decision.

— Elle Bernfeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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

— Jennifer Driscoll, Counselor in Mamaroneck, NY