Many of you may have heard me talk about my involvement in Motivational Interviewing. A few years back I became interested in this new language or way of speaking with those who are interested in behavior change.
Generally people see health practitioners because they want to change, but something gets in the way and they are searching for a way out. A year ago I was educated in Motivational Interviewing and it changed my life and how I conduct my practice.
Motivational Interviewing is defined as a client-centered guiding method of communication and counseling to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. Simply put – it is helping individuals explore and resolve their ambivalence to change and nurture hope and confidence to change.
When Michelangelo created David he said David was in the stone – he just had to bring it him out. In the same way the capacity and potential for change and adherence is within us all.
The paradox of change: when a person feels accepted for who they are and what they can do – no matter how unhealthy – it allows them the freedom to consider change rather than needing to defend against it.
If you are reading this article and want to make a lifestyle change but have been resisting against it, consider working with someone who is “MINT” trained. You can find the list of trainers on motivationalinterview.org.