Our clinicians use motivational interviewing for addiction treatment in an effort 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 to find motivation from inside themselves that they need to change their behavior. 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 and it 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. 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. Motivational interviewing is commonly a short-term form of 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 getting 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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