Motivational Interviewing

What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing is a psychotherapeutic approach that helps individuals resolve doubtfulness, insecurities, and indecisiveness by replacing it with motivation to change their behavior. The clinician encourages patients to discuss their need for change and reasons for change. The clinician then reflects on the patient’s reasoning and motivation for change so that the patient can hear the appropriateness of their reasoning. MI is more goal-focused and strives to overcome ambivalence. MI therapy is an established evidence-based therapy in the treatment of those with substance abuse disorders or mental health disorders.

How Motivational Interviewing Works

MI helps individuals who lack the willpower to deal with change. The two sides of MI are, first, increase and re-establish one’s motivation into themselves. Next is to commit to the change, which has been proven to help people make those changes. Therapists do not force change but instead have individuals accept their thoughts and feelings to motivate self-change.

1. Express Empathy

Listen rather than speak; communicate with respect and acceptance.

2. Avoid Argumentation

Avoid confronting denial; encouragement towards making change.

3. Roll With Resistance

Divert client towards positive change.

4. Develop Discrepancy

Promote awareness of consequences of ongoing use; important goals conflict with behavior.

Support Self-Efficacy

Encourage the client to grow capacity to reach goals; elicit and support hope.

How Can We Help

Substance Use Disorders

Peaks Recovery’s full continuum of care can treat many addictions, such as alcohol, opioids, heroin, cocaine, meth, Xanax, marijuana, prescription, and other substances that are abused and addictive.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring disorders are any combination of two or more substance use and mental health disorders. Treating CODs require a sophisticated approach to treat the whole person.

Mental Health Disorders

We treat individuals suffering from a primary mental health diagnosis (with no addictions) such as depression, trauma, anxiety, bipolar, and others.