Who developed motivational interviewing?
William R. Miller developed motivational interviewing and gave its first description in 1983. This method of therapy was developed from Miller’s experience treating those who had issues with alcohol or other substances.
Is motivational interviewing evidence-based?
Yes, motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach that helps people change their behaviours and better adhere to treatment. There are various scientific studies indicating its effectiveness in many different situations.
Is motivational interviewing the same as CBT?
Occasionally, motivational interviewing is used alongside CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to help a client take on a more directive and goal-focused approach. MI helps the client ready themselves for change. Meanwhile, CBT actively helps a client change their thoughts, feelings and/or behaviours.
Does motivational interviewing work?
Absolutely! As with any therapy, it depends on the individual and their situation. However, various studies have shown MI to be effective for encouraging behavioural changes, including quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, and more.
How does motivational interviewing work?
Research has shown that a client’s narrative or self-talk statements greatly impact whether or not they actually make a change. During MI, the therapist guides the client toward expressing and discussing change and then uses this as a pathway to inspire action.