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 emphasises autonomy.
This form of therapy 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 behaviour and your goals, and guide you through the steps needed to get you where you want to be.
When is Motivational interviewing used?
Motivational interviewing is frequently used with individuals suffering from addiction as well as for management of same physical health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. This therapy assists individuals with building will-power in order to change their thoughts and behavioural patterns in order to make healthier life choices. It has been seen that this intervention is effective for individuals with little desire or will to change as well as for those who are angry or hostile. They may not be ready to commit to change, but this form of therapy can help them move through the emotional stages of change necessary to find their motivation.