Motivational Interviewing

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What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing is a style of talking with clients in a constructive manner about the whys, whens, and hows of health-risk reduction and behavior change. Based upon the tenet that most individuals already have the requisite skills to successfully modify lifestyle and decrease health-risk, MI employs strategies that will enhance the client’s own motivation for and commitment to change. Motivational Interviewing integrates an empathic, non-confrontational style of interviewing with powerful behavioral strategies for helping clients convince themselves that they ought to change. Consequently, resistance is minimized, self-motivation enhanced, and treatment compliance and behavior change are more likely.