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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered, collaborative, form of guiding to elicit strategies for change, by helping people explore their ambivalence toward dealing with problems and resolving this uncertainty.

Motivational interviewing acknowledges and accepts the fact that people who need to make changes in their lives approach counseling at different levels of readiness of change.

For example, if counseling was not mandated by family, friends, or an employer, some people might never have thought of changing the behavior in question. Other people may have thought about it but not taken steps to change it. Others still – especially those voluntarily seeking counseling – may be actively trying to change their behavior and may have been doing so unsuccessfully for years. Motivational interviewing provides a non-judgmental and non-confrontational approach used to increase a person’s awareness of a problem’s cause, its risks, and its impact on their lives.

Once a client begins to feel that he/she is ready, willing, and able to make positive changes, therapists help them envision a better future, identify the steps to begin this journey, and manage the obstacles that might come along the way. Overall, motivational interviewing seeks to help people think differently about their behavior and ultimately to consider what might be gained through the process of change.

For more information on motivational interviewing, or to learn more about Keystone Center’s approach, please contact us at 800-558-9600.

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