Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach that aids individuals in overcoming ambivalent emotions and insecurities and discovering the internal drive they need to modify their actions. It’s a sensible, empathetic, and short-term approach that takes into account how difficult it is to make major changes in one’s life. Motivational interviewing began as a person-centered, or client-centered, approach to therapy and counseling in order to assist clients to embrace the challenging process of change. When ideas are rejected from an external source, motivational interviewing is most effective when psychologists assist their clients in achieving realizations on their own.
Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based counseling approach that has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Motivational interviewing has also been used to successfully help people make positive changes in their lives, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, and increasing physical activity. Motivational interviewing helps clients to overcome these challenges by increasing their awareness of the discrepancy between their current behavior and their desired outcomes. It also assists in clarifying clients’ goals, values, and reasons for change.
If you are interested in learning more about motivational interviewing or other counseling approaches, contact Human Integrated Performance today. Our psychologists are experienced in a variety of counseling approaches and can work with you to find the one that best meets your needs.
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