Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a technique aimed at helping people make positive changes in their lives by tapping into their own motivation and decision-making abilities. Think of it as a supportive conversation with a skilled therapist, who acts like a personal coach helping you figure out what's holding you back and how to overcome those obstacles.
Imagine you're feeling stuck in life or struggling with a particular behavior (like quitting smoking or starting an exercise routine). In Motivational Interviewing, the therapist doesn't dictate what you should do or lecture you on the benefits of change. Instead, they create a comfortable and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your own feelings, thoughts, and goals.
The therapist will ask open-ended questions, listen carefully to your responses, and help you identify the reasons behind your current behaviors. They'll guide you in recognizing your own strengths and abilities to make positive changes, while also helping you explore any ambivalence or conflicting feelings you may have.
Throughout the process, the therapist will empower you to make your own decisions and take full responsibility for your change. The goal of Motivational Interviewing is to prepare you to build self-confidence, motivation, and commitment to make lasting changes that improve your well-being.