Motivational interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, directive therapy for helping individuals to explore and resolve ambivalence about change. Although MI has been applied to a wide variety of behavioral domains, it arose as a treatment for substance abuse and has been most widely tested and applied in this area.


MI is a therapeutic approach designed to help individuals explore and resolve ambivalence about change. The approach is both client-centered and directive in its use of techniques to facilitate the exploration of ambivalence and draw out client utterances regarding change. MI can be implemented in a variety of formats and by a range of interventionists. However, it is typically applied as a brief intervention of one to two sessions. Thus, its duration is often much shorter than ...

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