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Motivational Interviewing

Live in the moment, live in the space you’re currently in. That’s mindfulness, and it’s a powerful technique that can help with triggers and feelings of depression and anxiety.

Motivational Interviewing (otherwise known as MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change, and is widely utilised as a form of harm reduction for those with addiction in particular. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. Unlike traditional counselling approaches that may involve more direct advice-giving or problem-solving, MI focuses on the client's intrinsic motivation and readiness for change.


In MI, I take on a collaborative role, working with the client to explore their ambivalence and help them resolve it in a way that is consistent with their values and goals. We will use a range of techniques, including open-ended questions, reflective listening, and summarizing, to help you explore your reasons for change and develop a plan for achieving their goals.


You’re already on the right road for recovery. Let’s take the next step together.

Applications of Motivational Interviewing

MI has been widely used in various fields, including addiction treatment, mental health, healthcare, and criminal justice. It has been shown to be effective in addressing a range of issues, including addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, bereavement, and stress. The non-confrontational, non-judgmental approach of MI makes it particularly suitable for individuals who may be resistant to change or ambivalent about seeking help.

Benefits of Motivational Interviewing

One of the key benefits of MI is that it empowers the client to take ownership of their change process. By focusing on the client's intrinsic motivation and readiness for change, MI helps to increase their motivation and commitment to making positive changes in their life. Research has shown that MI can lead to positive outcomes in a range of areas, including reduced substance use, improved mental health, and increased engagement in treatment.


Due to its collaborative, client-centred approach, MI makes it particularly suitable for individuals who may be resistant to change or ambivalent about seeking help. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, bereavement, or stress, consider reaching out to Clarina Counselling & Psychotherapy to learn more about how MI can help.


MI can help individuals by helping them explore their reasons for change and develop a plan for achieving their goals. Let’s plan together.

  • What is psychotherapy, and how does it differ from counselling?
    Psychotherapy involves a more in-depth exploration of emotional issues and typically addresses deeper-rooted patterns and concerns. Counselling tends to focus on specific problems and finding solutions for them within a shorter timeframe.
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    During the initial session, your therapist will gather information about your current concerns, personal history, and therapy goals. This session also provides an opportunity for you to ask questions, discuss your expectations for therapy, and build rapport.
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