Posted on August 17, 2012
Last modified on May 16, 2019
Have you ever felt like you needed a “pep talk” from a friend in order to get through a tough day? Motivational interviewing is the ultimate pep talk, but the best part is that you don’t just listen to the therapist — you end up motivating yourself!
Motivational interviewing helps individuals tap into their own motivations, strengthen their commitment to change and set achievable goals. This therapeutic technique helps to break the cycle of starting, quitting and restarting an attempt to make positive changes.
Motivational interviewing can be applied to virtually all life circumstances in which a change or intervention is desired. It is particularly useful for:
With these behavioral health concerns, individuals often recognize that they need to make changes in their lives, but the very thing that needs to change (i.e., addiction) makes it difficult to find the motivation to do so. Motivational interviewing draws out a person’s own intrinsic motivation, and the therapist helps to plan a roadmap for lasting change.
There are four primary phases of motivational interviewing:
With motivational interviewing, the therapist will never impose a set of ideas or be confrontational. Autonomy is always maintained, so the client chooses every step toward change. Because change is internally driven, it is more authentic and long-lasting.
Promises Behavioral Health offers motivational interviewing alongside a number of other therapeutic approaches.
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