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Motivational Interviewing

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, directive counseling approach that is designed to help individuals resolve ambivalence and increase their motivation to change behaviors that may be harmful or problematic. This approach was developed by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick in the early 1980s, and it is commonly used in the treatment of addictive behaviors, such as substance abuse and compulsive gambling, as well as in other areas of healthcare.

Motivational interviewing involves several key principles, including:

Expressing Empathy: The therapist expresses empathy for the client’s perspective, including any ambivalence or resistance to change.

Developing Discrepancy: The therapist helps the client recognize discrepancies between their current behavior and their values or goals.

Rolling with Resistance: The therapist avoids argumentation and instead “rolls with” the client’s resistance, acknowledging that the client has the right to make their own choices.

Supporting Self-Efficacy: The therapist encourages the client’s belief in their own ability to change and succeed.

How does Elevate Psychologists use Motivational Interviewing?

Elevate Psychologists Sydney use motivational interviewing to help individuals resolve ambivalence and increase their motivation to change behaviors that may be harmful or problematic. The therapy typically involves the following steps:

Engagement: The therapist establishes rapport with the client and creates a safe and supportive environment.

Focusing: The therapist works with the client to identify the specific behaviors or problems that they wish to address.

Evoking: The therapist uses a variety of techniques, such as open-ended questions, reflective listening, and affirmations, to help the client explore their ambivalence and motivation to change. This involves identifying the client’s values and goals, as well as any barriers or concerns that may be preventing them from making changes.

Planning: The therapist works with the client to develop a plan for change that is based on the client’s values and goals. This may involve identifying specific actions or behaviors that the client can take to achieve their goals, as well as strategies for managing any challenges or obstacles that may arise.

Follow-up: The therapist follows up with the client to monitor their progress and provide ongoing support and guidance.

Motivational interviewing can be used in a variety of settings, including substance abuse treatment, weight management, smoking cessation, and chronic illness management. It is often used in combination with other forms of therapy or treatment, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or medication. It is important to work with a licensed and trained mental health professional who is experienced in using motivational interviewing to ensure the best possible outcomes.