Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counselling style designed to recognize and resolve client ambivalence in order to prepare clients to change addictive behaviours. It is a technique that has Rogerian underpinnings (e.g., non-possessive warmth and unconditional regard) and is non-confrontational in that it elicits change statements and goals from the client, rather than the therapist. I have found it to be a very successful way to approach problem gambling issues with clients.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based treatment that addresses ambivalence to change. MI is a conversational approach designed to help people with the following:
- Discover their own interest in considering and/or making a change in their life (e.g., diet, exercise, managing symptoms of physical or mental illness, reducing and eliminating the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs)
- Express in their own words their desire for change
- Examine their ambivalence about the change
- Plan for and begin the process of change
- Elicit and strengthen change-talk
- Enhance their confidence in taking action and noticing that even small, incremental changes are important
- Strengthen their commitment to change
There are four core principles of MI:
- Express empathy
- Roll with resistance
- Develop discrepancy
- Support self-efficacy
If you are looking for a change. If you are struggling with addiction, Motivational Interviewing can be a powerful assistance tool. If you need to know more information or would like to schedule an assessment, please call me on 087 653 8837. I have helped many people over the years find the right path to self recovery.