Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a therapy model which was originally developed to treat people struggling with substance abuse issues. Due to its effectiveness, the methods behind MI can be used to treat an array of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, gaming addiction, compulsive eating and a lack of overall fulfilment or satisfaction in life.
The primary goal of MI is to unleash an individual’s own internal motivation to bring about lasting change. This is achieved by the therapist eliciting change in their client’s behaviour through exploring and resolving ambivalence. Coming to terms with ambivalence in one’s life can lead to setting specific and attainable goals which are governed by intrinsic values. Essentially, MI attempts to inspire and guide clients to consider making changes their lives.
Examining and resolving ambivalence in life can be achieved through focussing on the present and future, as opposed to past events impacting upon current circumstances. One specific approach is to encourage the client to envision their future and how this may look if things were improved. Another approach is to identify barriers which are impeding a more desirable future. These approaches are undertaken to elicit motivation for change.
Change may not necessary come quickly. The speed and success of working through issues and moving towards desirable outcomes using MI will depend on the client’s readiness, as well as the skills of the therapist.
If you are experiencing dissatisfaction in your life which may be attributable to unwanted behaviours, Motivational Interviewing may assist you in moving towards the life you ideally want to achieve. Psychologists at Cause Effect Psychology are trained in MI and can assist you in unleashing the motivation to achieve more. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to make an appointment.