Motivational interviewing is "a collaborative, person‐centered form of guiding to elicit
and strengthen motivation for change.”
1  It's a means of working together to explore
ambivalence.  This helps to work through 'stuck points' that may be preventing you from
figuring out which direction you'd like to go with different situations, and to start making
more progress toward your goals.  This can be very effective in working through
difficulties with achieving sobriety, quitting smoking, improving diet or exercise, or any
other situation where it feels like one part of you wants one thing, and another part of
you wants another.  I have a special appreciation for motivational interviewing, because
it's driven by a spirit of respect and often works wonderfully for gaining traction when
people are 'spinning wheels' as they work toward important changes.
By using this website, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy.
Copyright © 2017 Journeys Mental Health, LLC.  All rights reserved.
If you are experiencing a
crisis or life-threatening
emergency, please call 9-1-1
or the statewide crisis hotline
at 1-888-568-1112, or go
immediately to your local
emergency room.
Journeys Mental Health, LLC
Counseling and Hypnotherapy
Keith Young, LCPC, CH
175 Union Street, Suite C
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone:  (207) 951-7811
Fax:  1 (888) 972-1920
1.  An Overview of Motivational Interviewing (n.d.)  Retrieved July 19th, 2013 from http:
//motivationalinterview.org/Documents/1%20A%20MI%20Definition%20Principles%20&%20
Approach%20V4%20012911.pdf.