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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered therapeutic approach that relies heavily on the therapist’s open-ended questions and guided self-evaluation by the patient. MI enables clients to set goals for themselves more effectively by exploring their values and beliefs about their current situation versus where they want to be in the future. By utilizing MI techniques, therapists at Honu House Hawaii work directly with clients to help them create realistic plans that will enable gradual changes toward healthier lifestyles they want to achieve over time.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) can be beneficial for anyone who is struggling with behavior change, such as substance use, smoking, or unhealthy eating habits. It can also be helpful for individuals who are ambivalent about change or have low motivation to change.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) differs from other therapeutic approaches in that it focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence, rather than trying to persuade or convince a client to change. MI also emphasizes the importance of collaboration and empathy between the therapist and the client.
Research has shown that Motivational Interviewing (MI) can be effective in helping individuals change their behavior, particularly in the areas of substance use, smoking, and weight loss. MI has also been shown to be effective in group therapy settings for substance use disorders.
The number of sessions required for Motivational Interviewing (MI) varies depending on the individual and the behavior they are trying to change. Some people may benefit from just a few sessions, while others may require more extensive treatment. The duration of MI also depends on the therapist’s judgment of the client’s progress and their readiness to change.
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