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.  

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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.

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.

In motivational interviewing we work in a collaborative partnership based on the understanding that ambivalence about change is normal. We explore your goals, beliefs, and values, and map a path forward that's consistent with what you value most. This open approach helps to build confidence and release potential for meeting challenges that might once have seemed too difficult to approach.

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

Change is tough. And it only happens when the person changing is ready. REALLY ready. MI uses a stage theory to help us identify where you\'re at in the change process. This allows us to identify barriers to change and find ways to move forward that don\'t get too far out of your comfort zone too quickly. It\'s a smart way to move forward, get un-stuck, and discover your motivation.

Motivational Interviewing is a style of conversation that helps the client identify their own reasons for creating change in their lives.

The basic premise of motivational interviewing is that there are no \'unmotivated\' people--just motivation that is maladaptive or unappreciated by others. Rather than arguing with resistance, the goal of MI is to harness existing motivation into positive, healthy changes.

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

I have been trained in MI techniques.

MI offers excellent way to understand recovery from addiction

Motivational Interviewing is all about change! I use MI with clients to identify the changes that they desire as well as how to implement the desired changes. In my experience many clients know that they are seeking change but can struggle to identify what that change looks like in practice.

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.

I have been practicing MI for the past 14 years. I received special training while working in a correctional setting for 14 years. It is a way of being with a client that involves being curious about how he/she/they want(s) change to happen in his/her/their life.

This approach is at the core of how I view therapy. I see the client as having the answers already within them but are unable to access them. My role is to help unleash what they already know by creating a safe, non-judgmental environment to explore their thoughts and feelings freely.

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.

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.

Through Active Listening and Motivational Interviewing I help guide you from a place of feeling like you don\'t know what to do or have the answers to finding them, within yourself. I believe most of the answers we need are actually within us, we just sometimes need help uncovering them. That is where I come in to help guide you to these discoveries.

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.

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