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

Alana Duschane

Clinical Psychologist

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

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Benita Munson

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CRC, CADC I

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.

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Megan McDavid, LCSW, MEd

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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Jacob Curtis (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA CADCI NCC LPC

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.

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Chad Ernest, MS, LPC (He/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Kimberly Crow (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC-III

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.

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Julio Iñiguez (he/him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, CGACII, CADCI

Motivational Interviewing is a modality that allows you to be right where you are in the process of change. It honors that while you may aspire to change something, you may not be ready to take concrete actions toward change and that is perfectly fine. MI supports the conversation in resolving ambivalence by getting clear about the costs and benefits of change. It is a non-violent approach that makes a lot of room for what is and for finding those opportunities when change is most possible.

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Kimberly Filla (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Rebeca Rocha, PhD, LCSW, MSW (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have received two trainings in Motivational Interviewing (Introductory and Advanced) offered by my current employer, Lifeworks NW.

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Jennifer Gray (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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Suzanne Sanchez (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Felicia Turner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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.

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Tiffany Butler

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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Jana Corbett, Ph.D. (she/ her)

Clinical Psychologist

PhD, CADC-I

I was trained in motivational interviewing in grad school, and had further training when I became an alcohol and drug counselor. Motivational interviewing is very much in line with my personal philosophy, that is, taking your lead and working on the goals that are important to you at your own pace.

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