What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, short-term counseling style that can be used that focus on helping the client find an internal motivation to change their behavior. This can be done by paying attention to their positive attributes while working through their insecurities and any irrational thought systems. Motivational interviewing is typically paired with other therapeutic interventions, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and brainspotting. It depends on the client’s specific needs, learning, and communication style.

How does it work?

Motivational interviewing evolved from Carl Rogers person-centered, or client-centered, approach to counseling. It helps the client commit to this difficult process of ‘change’.

Motivational interviewing helps the client rediscover their strengths. By exploring past situations, the client works on recognizing where they have overcome negative situations through the application of these very exact strengths. It is believed that the client holds all of the essential tools to produce the change in their lives and the therapist simply acts as the catalyst to their change.  As a result, the client learns to recognize and take responsibility for their emotions and behaviors through the process of self-reflection and self-awareness.

In summary, this is a two-part process for the client. First, finding the motivation and second, making the commitment to change. By vocalizing their commitment out loud, the client takes full responsibility for their actions while the therapist holds them accountable to the process of change.