Motivational Interviewing involves retrieving the capacity for self-control. Therapists assist clients in developing the motivation required to change the addictive pattern that comes from a combination of complex factors that includes learning, conditioning, emotion, social influences, and biology. The strengths of Motivational Interviewing (MI) include the enhancement of intrinsic motivation for change and approaches the therapeutic process from a client-centered perspective.Therapists provide a safe, non-confrontational environment, eliciting hope, and helping clients clarify their ambivalence about making a change.
More of a counseling technique than a psychoanalytic therapy, motivational interviewing is a skillful and empathic method used by Serenity Now, CMHC counselors to effectively communicate with clients who may be having difficulty acknowledging the necessity to change their addictive behaviors. The premise supporting the theory of motivational interviewing holds that by adopting an empathetic and non-confrontational attitude towards clients who resist objectively viewing their disease and predicament, counselors can gently but effectively maneuver the conversation in ways that establish a better rapport with impassive or antagonistic clients.
Instead of using threats, warnings or trying to make a client feel ashamed of being an addict, counselors using motivational interviewing will employ a more gentle, affirming approach that emphasizes listening to what the client is saying rather than lecturing the client. Counselors skilled in motivational interviewing techniques remain cognitive of the fact that clients are the only ones who can make the behavioral and lifestyle changes necessary to live a life in recovery.
Motivating a client to change is not feasible when it is initiated with warnings and admonishments; instead, the motivation to change addictive behaviors and thought processes is an elicited response gently drawn out by Serenity Now, CMHC counselors skilled in using a variety of motivational interviewing techniques.