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 was trained in motivational interviewing, and was also trained to teach motivational
interviewing in agencies, institutions and schools.  I have a special appreciation for
this approach, because it's driven by a spirit of respect and often works wonderfully
for gaining traction when you feel like you're 'spinning wheels' and want to make
more progress toward important changes.
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1.  An Overview of Motivational Interviewing (n.d.)  Retrieved July 19th, 2013 from
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Approach%20V4%20012911.pdf.
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