Marlies Zoll

Motivational Iinterviewing

Motivational interviewing evolved from experience in the treatment of problem drinkers and is frequently used to address addictive and substance abuse behaviours but has been successfully applied to other issues as well. It is based on the premise that the motivation for change cannot come from without but must evolve within the client. The therapist works in partnership with the client and assists with the exploration and resolution of ambivalence. This process plays a key role to generate intrinsic motivation for behaviour change in the client. It is furthermore conceptualised that clients go through different stages in regard to readiness for change. He/she may be content with the status quo, start consider change or may have already implemented change. The therapists will adjust his/her involvement and strategies pending on where the client is placed on the cycle of readiness for change.