Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach that focuses on engaging, encouraging and facilitating intrinsic motivation within the individual in order to promote behaviour change. It is often used as a part of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help people recognize, explore and resolve their ambivalence about behaviour change.
MI is focused, goal-directed and directive. Its purpose is the resolution of ambivalence and the therapist is very directive in pursuing this goal. Although originally developed to help people to overcome substance use problems, MI is now used to explore and enhance motivation for changing almost any behaviour.
MI understands and assumes that different people start therapy with different levels of readiness and commitment to change. The main goals of MI are to assess for readiness and commitment to change and to engage clients and encourage and promote their motivation to change.
The main features of MI include the ideas that:
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