Motivational Interviewing

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Motivational interviewing is a type of counseling that assists people in resolving ambivalent feelings and insecurities in order to uncover the internal motivation needed to change their behavior. It is a realistic, compassionate, and short-term process that takes how tough it is to make life changes.

In a supportive manner, a motivational interviewer encourages clients to talk about their need for change and their own reasons for wanting to change. The role of the interviewer is mainly to evoke a conversation about change and commitment. The interviewer listens and reflects back the client’s thoughts so that the client can hear their reasons and motivations expressed back to them. Motivational interviewing is generally short-term counseling that requires just one or two sessions, though it can also be included as an intervention along with other, longer-term therapies.

Look for a licensed mental health professional who is kind, helpful, and an excellent listener. Because motivational interviewing is a skill that develops with time, look for an interviewer that has formal training as well as experience. Look for a motivational interviewer with whom you feel comfortable working in addition to someone with the proper educational background and related experience.

Motivational interviewing is frequently used to treat addiction as well as to manage physical health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. This intervention assists people in being motivated to change the behaviors that restrict them from making better choices. It can also help individuals prepare for more specialized therapies. According to research, this intervention works well with individuals who are initially uninterested or unprepared for change. It is less effective for people who are already motivated to change. Motivational interviewing can also be used with people who are angry or antagonistic. They may not be ready to commit to change, but motivational interviewing can help them in moving through the emotional stages of change required to discover their motivation.

Motivational interviewing emerged from Carl Rogers’ person-centered, or client-centered, approach to counseling and therapy as a strategy to help people in committing to the difficult process of change. The process is twofold. The first goal is to raise the person’s motivation, and the second is for the person to make the commitment to change. Hearing yourself voice a commitment out loud, as opposed to simply stating a need or desire to change, has been demonstrated to help increase a client’s ability to actually make those changes. The therapist’s function is more about listening than it is about intervening. Motivational interviewing is frequently used in conjunction with or as a follow-up to other interventions such as cognitive therapy, support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and stress management training.

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