Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a goal-oriented therapeutic practice that focuses on a non-judgmental, non-confrontational client-centered approach. Focused on strengthening a client’s motivation to make positive changes, motivational interviewing encourages self-exploration and emphasizes autonomy. Motivational Interviewing generally takes the form of a collaborative, supportive conversation between the client and the therapist, concentrated on empowerment and the exploration and resolution of ambivalence that impedes change. A therapist who practices motivational interviewing can help you to identify and overcome inconsistencies between your behavior and your goals, and guide you through the steps needed to get you where you want to be.  

Local Experts in Motivational Interviewing

I hold a CADC-I license as a substance abuse counselor in Oregon.

I have been trained in MI techniques.

I have received specific training in this approach through all day seminars and through graduate school.

I studied MI in graduate school, received additional post-graduate training, and have used it with countless clients to help elicit their reasons for change. I love the heart of MI, which holds that change comes from within the individual and that each person has the right to make their own decision. Ambivalence is normal, expected and not judged.

As an addictions counselor, I was trained and continually utilized motivational interviewing to promote behavioral change in addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Motivational Interviewing is an Evidence Based Practice that helps people resolve ambivalence around certain situations. Ambivalence is a common yet uncomfortable experience that my manifest as you finishing your sentences with 'but I don't know' or 'but I'm not sure.' Resolving ambivalence sounds like 'so that's what I'm going to do' or 'I've decided to...' What a relief!

I have received specialized training in Motivational interviewing. I have utilized it within a crisis unit setting and in an outpatient setting with adults struggling with addiction.

Motivation is always changing in that some days we might feel very motivated to change and others we feel little motivation. Through use of motivational interviewing, I am able to work with you where you are at and help you find what it is that motivates you to want to make change in your life.

Wonderful way engage youth, adults, and families using a collaborative approach to help find the ambivalence to a behavior that one wants to change. I embrace the ideas of self-efficacy and optimism and practice MI regularly.

I have engaged in numerous trainings in Motivational Interviewing. I have successfully used this approached with many clients to help them identify and reach their goals.

MI offers excellent way to understand recovery from addiction

Motivational Interviewing intuitively made sense to me from the beginning. Listening effectively for what is actually motivating an individual requires continuous curiosity and skill. Helping individuals powerfully connect with their intrinsic motivation is an art. Witnessing the results when these pieces fit together is inspiring.

I have used Motivational Interviewing with adults as a means to gauge their readiness for change, meet them where they are in the stages of change, and facilitate planning and progress toward actual and lasting change. Common issues include alcohol/substance use, codependency and other relationship difficulties.

I am trained in Motivational Interviewing.

This is a fancy word for how I help people to CHANGE! Change is difficult and is a multi-step process!

Part of my addictions training was numerous trainings involving MI. Motivational Interviewing helps to address ambivalence in a person\'s quest to reduce substance use. There is a part of you that knows you need to cut down usage...yet you also need that substance as a security blanket or a coping strategy. Motivational interviewing helps us to address this.

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation with a focus on evoking change. It respects an individual\'s personal autonomy while clarifying barriers to success. It is a way of working through the discomfort of ambivalence, a frenemy of the change process.

This method is utilized as an approach to help move an individual away from a state of negativity, indecisiveness, or uncertainty towards a place of hope, motivation, and encouragement by making positive decisions and accomplishing their goals.

Motivational interviewing is a great technique for helping with individuals and families who are struggling to make a change in their lives for the better. Finding where you are in the Stages of Change can help you identify where you want to be and how to get to a place where you can make long lasting and impactful beneficial changes in your life.

During Ruth's training at Columbia University, she worked with primary developers of Motivational Interviewing and considers this approach to be absolutely fundamental in guiding the client to enter therapy readily and eventually work toward client-let goals. Ruth has successfully used MI in her clinical practice with children and families for five years.

Motivational interviewing is a powerful technique that helps people clarify what they want and how to make changes in their lives.

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