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Motivational Interviewing

Our clinicians in our motivational interviewing therapy program use it for addiction treatment. This kind of therapy strives to break clients out of ambivelence and insecurties by confronting just what motivates their actions. It is one more way we strive to help clients find motivation and move in a positive direction by setting and accomplishing goals, instead of getting stuck and disabled by their indecision.

What Is Motivational Interviewing In Nashville?

Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve uncertain feelings, thoughts, and insecurities. The therapist works as a facilitator moving patients to express their negativities. However, the purpose is not to judge or condemn these thoughts and feelings but to reveal them to be the misplaced imaginings they are. Once done, clients are better able to find motivation from inside themselves that they need to change their behavior. By confronting these insecurities and examining how they provoke or connect to actual acts clients participate in, clients are better able to redress their issues. It is a real-world, compassionate, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.

Motivational interviewing is often used to address addiction. Since it revolves around building up responsibility and accountability while at the same time making a plan of action. However, motivational interviewing can be used for the management of physical health as well. This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices. This can involve changing eating habits to build up more nutritional diets by exploring healthier foods or even learning how to cook. It can address smoking or other detrimental habits.

Motivational interviewing can also be used to address risky behaviors individuals participate in out of habit or ignorance. It can also prepare individuals for further, more specific types of therapies. This style of treatment works best for patients who are less motivated to change, to begin with, those who already want to change have less of a need for this form of treatment.

Our trained staff uses motivational interviewing to encourage patients to talk about their need for a change and about their own personal reasons for that change. The interviewer is there to spark a conversation about change, and the way to make that change happen. A motivational interviewing therapy program is commonly a short-term treatment, with one or two sessions, although it can be used in long-term treatment as well. The role of the therapist is more about listening than intervening. It is a two-step process; step one is to motivate the patient to change, and step two is encouraging and assisting the patient to commit to change.

Five Principles Of Motivational Interviewing:

  1. Express and show empathy toward clients
  2. Support and develop discrepancy
  3. Deal with resistance
  4. Support self-efficacy
  5. Self-sufficiency

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