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How does motivational interviewing work?

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Asked: 2018-06-11 06:21:10
After much time deliberating potential options I have concluded that I need to try motivational interviewing on my younger cousin. Does anyone know how it works or that can lay it out for me in a simple way?


Answered: 2018-06-12 05:11:47

Motivational interviewing is designed to help a person achieve or work towards a goal that will ultimately improve their life. There isn’t a lot of information here, and the type of help that your cousin needs will need to be determined by her if she’s able. The counseling technique involves four separate parts including: • Identify and ask broad questions that allow the client to understand the need for behavioral changes. • Encourage realizations that point the client in the direction of change. • The counselor must be able to listen to what the client says and then to mirror the information back in a way that helps the client to better understand themselves. • In order for motivational interviewing to be effective, there needs to be an endgame or a goal that everyone is working towards. Being able to summarize the information in a way that explains the need for those behavioral changes is another integral skill.


Answered: 2018-06-12 13:58:08

Motivational Interviewing is a counseling. Traditional counseling centers around helping the patient to explore themselves using reflection and gentle suggestions. Motivational interviewing takes a more aggressive stance on correcting behaviors. This technique has been effective when dealing with alcoholics and people who are fighting addiction. The best way to get your cousin help that she needs is to find a local counselor who specializes in motivational interviewing. No one can force your cousin to get any type of psychological help unless she’s fully prepared to do so herself. You need to be transparent with her and explain the situation and the type of counseling method that you believe to be helpful.

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