My Therapy My Truth
MICHAEL BERGER M.A, LCSW
PSYCHOTHERAPY & CONSULTING SERVICES
  • Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation needed to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process which takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.

    Motivational interviewing therapy was developed, and found effective with addicts and alcoholics whos struggled with chronic relapse. This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviors preventing them from making healthier choices.
    Research demonstrates this intervention works well with individuals who start off unmotivated or unprepared for change. The first goal of motivational interviewing is to increase the person’s motivation and the second is for the person to make the commitment to change. The role of the therapist is more as a listener and supporter rather than one who confronts or challenges behaviors.