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

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.

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.

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.

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