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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is more a collaborative method of communication than an intervention: therapists are experts in helping individuals change; individuals are experts of their own lives. Together the therapist and client create a process meant to naturally unfold over time.

In its core elements, Motivational Interviewing…

Guides a style of communication—ranging from following (good listening) to directing (giving information and advice)—in a selfless, nonjudgmental manner that actively prioritizes the individual’s welfare and wellbeing.

Draws out the individual’s perspectives, values and experiences toward understanding reasons for change and success in changing.

Expresses empathy, highlights strengths and respects a person’s right to make informed choices about changing or not changing.

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