Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based therapy that works to combat the natural ambivalence that goes hand in hand with dealing with the fear of change and growth.
Oftentimes, for example, someone who is dependent on substances will enter treatment with the best intentions, knowing the devastating effects of the substance that is being abused but wanting to use the substance anyway. This goes beyond physical effects.
Some individuals know that their alcohol abuse is preventing them from achieving a personal goal or is wreaking havoc in their relationships but they may find themselves insisting that the problem isn’t that big of a deal. Or they might hear themselves using the classic phrase, “I can stop any time I want to.”
How Does Motivational Interviewing Work?
Motivational interviewing is based on a spirit of collaboration. Our therapists engage with the clients in an empathetic manner while discussing their situation, helping them realize that change is possible. First, they help identify where the ambivalence is coming from, their personal goals, and the work that it will take to reach them.
Motivational interviewing is approached with three elements in mind: