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

Dani Dierking (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Art Therapist

LAT, LPC, ATR

Much of my experience has been with individuals who are stuck in a pattern of repeated crisis. I use motivational interviewing often to cultivate introspection and identify changes that may need to occur.

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Rebecca X Casanova (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MPH, MSW, LCSW

I have been certified in Motivational Interviewing since 2019 and have been using this form of therapy for several years.

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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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Benita Munson (she/her)

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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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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Ben Gulick (he/they)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

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Ruth Tessema (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.Ed., NCC, LPC Associate (R6545)

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Alissa Holmes (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative approach where we work together to explore your motivations for change. It is normal to feel ambivalent and uncertain about making a change in your life, even if you think it will ultimately benefit you. Together, we can develop an action plan for change that works for you and builds on your existing strengths.

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Kristin Schuchman (she/her)

Professional Counselor

MSW, CSWA

I am certified in Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based technique designed to help clients change self-defeating habits in their lives and strengthen their personal motivation to reach specific goals. While it sounds like a series of questions, it is actually a method of listening that elicits the deeper reasons that we resist change and stay stuck in destructive patterns. MI has proven results in helping clients realize their potential and experience transformational change.

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Christine Finucane (She/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, SUDP, LICSW, SEP

I believe in meeting people where they are in the process of change. Sometimes we can feel "stuck" in the change process and are not sure how to move forward. Motivation Interviewing offers support to the change process itself identifying areas we may feel stuck, barriers to change and examining all areas of the change process including resistance to change and fear about change. This focus can then allow people to move forward if that is what they truly want to do.

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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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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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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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Brandy Halprin (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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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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Davy Norris (he/him/his)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

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Bonnie Lambert (she/her)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

PMHNP-BC, LPC

Collaborative goals, and dialogue

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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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Laura Wood (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC, SUDP

I have worked with clients who are mandated to treatment and those who find it difficult to make lasting changes. I find that this approach is most helpful in meeting people where they're at in their journey.

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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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