Motivational Therapy

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.

Siobhan Leijen

Siobhan Leijen

I am a certified professional therapist offering counselling to clients in the Athlone and Longford area. CBT Certified, Degree in Addiction Studies, Diploma in Psychotherapy, Family Therapy Certified, Motivational Interview Certified, Trauma Therapy Certified and EMDR Certified.

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