Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is defined as a directive, client-centered approach for eliciting behavior change by helping people explore and resolve ambivalence. Initially, MI was used to motivate people who abused alcohol to modify their drinking behaviors, but is now also used in helping individuals find motivation to make positive decisions and accomplish goals. A therapist who practices motivational interviewing can help you examine your ambivalence about change, plan for and begin the process of change, strengthen your commitment to change and enhance your overall confidence in taking action, if even incrementally.

Local Experts in Motivational Interviewing

Nadine Ryser

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy

Motivational interviewing is of great essence for someone who is struggling with enacting certain changes they hope for in their lives. I have found this technique very helpful to help identify discrepancies, and lead clients to goals to include sobriety and a happier life.

Shannon Heers

Individual Therapy

I have extensive training in motivational interviewing, which is an evidence-based practice for use in addictions. I also find motivational interviewing to be helpful whenever someone is considering a change in their lives, and utilize this often during the therapy process.

Kelly Wiepking

Individual Therapy

Motivational interviewing is a therapy technique where we work together to find areas where you can and want to make changes that feel manageable. The goal of these changes to help decrease actions that negatively impact your life and replace them with more adaptive behaviors.

Brian Klink

Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy

I use a process of natural conversation (asking questions and deeply listening) and guided self-discovery exercises that awaken internal awareness. Rather than feeding you manufactured solutions, I’ll help you discover the answers, truths, and strengths that you already possess. Through deeply listening to you and asking thoughtful questions, I help you realign your actions with your values.

Jessica Oshier

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

Specialty training in MI as well as several years of practice utilizing.

Dr. Faye Kouimelis

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Motivational interviewing is at the heart of occupational therapy since OT is guided by what the client finds to be motivating in their life. Though questions and exploration of one's goal, the OT shapes therapy to always be 'client centered.' OT utilizes one's life goals and engagement in meaningful activity to commence change.

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