Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.
MI utilizes treatments to draw out and strengthen one’s motivation for change. These treatments offer the client acceptance and compassion as they consider making changes in their lives. MI therapists are accepting and compassionate and work to explore values and goals. They focus on the reasons for changing problem behaviors and openly discuss the mixed feelings that are a normal part of making changes. MI help clients use their personal strengths to improve their lives.
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