From the desk of Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D...
I’ve spent my career asking very serious questions to understand what good practice is. These questions led to developing Motivational Interviewing; a style of conversation that evokes your client’s own reasons to change.
Over 450 controlled trials of Motivational Interviewing have proven it to be effective in both mental health and healthcare settings.
One of the reasons MI is so powerful is that change talk rarely happens naturally. A skilled therapist trained in Motivational Interviewing, however, can guide their client toward change in a positive and supportive way.
Let me show you how in this short video...
You: May I ask you, could we spend a few minutes talking about alcohol, how it helps and what else you've noticed about it?
Client: well, as I said, it calms my nerves, but it can't go on like this forever
You: although it helps, you're concerned about it
Client: well I'm not an alcoholic you know but I can't be drinking with the kids around
You: because you want to be a responsible mother
Client: yes, they are my No 1 priority
You: and if you drink you worry you might neglect them
Client: No, never, I wont neglect them, but I get like selfish and I shout at them
You: and that's not fair on them
Client: exactly, but then I get trapped when we leave for school, I either calm my nerves with a drink or shake like a baby, and that's not good for them either, to see me like that
You: like you are stuck in a corner, with no way out
Client: well that's why I'm here I guess, to find a way out
You: What will be the most helpful for you now?
Client: to see if there is a way to get out of the house without drinking
You: and to get more control over those panicky feelings
Client: yes exactly that's me, I've got to do it differently now