With certified therapists steering conversations, motivational interviewing aims to help people discover their own abilities in overcoming challenges and inspires them to change their problem behaviors. In Newark, New Jersey, North Ward Behavioral Health Center is a state-of-the-art provider that offers motivational interviewing. Get started today to find your will and commitment to change.
Personal change is difficult. If you have tried and failed before, then you know how easy it is to become discouraged. The situation seems outside your control, and you might feel helpless in trying to change. Over time you may lose the motivation to take the positive steps you need to improve. This can happen to anyone, especially those who struggle with any of the following:
Luckily, motivational interviewing is a kind of therapy specially designed to teach patients how to let go of uncertainty, set goals, and commit to making positive changes. It can help them overcome their immediate challenges – all while building confidence in their ability to continuously improve their lives and behaviors.
Motivational interviewing is highly focused on its twin goals of motivation and commitment. Typically used as a short-term treatment, most patients only require one or two sessions. In the first part of the conversation, the therapist acts as an empathetic listener. They hear the patient’s struggles, affirm their strengths, and help the patient recognize their power to grow and improve.
The second part of the session is focused on commitment. The therapist and patient together begin to discuss the consequences of failure, the rewards for success, and what the patient values about making a change. After discussing the individual’s interest in growth, motivational interviewing culminates when the patient verbally expresses their commitment out loud. Once voiced, the patient and therapist work together as they develop plans to make the imposed changes a reality.
Because of its design, motivational interviewing isn’t often used alone in the overall treatment of a struggling individual. By following it up with cognitive behavioral therapy or some other form of treatment, patients continue to enjoy professional support and guidance while they work on positive change.
Motivational interviewing is designed for the empowerment of the patient. As a result, the therapist won’t simply tell the patient what to do or how to think or feel. Instead, it is a collaborative process. At North Ward Behavioral Health Center, our therapists focus on the patient in a deeply person-centered, personalized approach to inspiring change. The specialist is an equal partner who contributes their experience and expertise to the patient’s own strength, wisdom, self-knowledge, and values.
If you need professional assistance to improve your behavior or circumstances, motivational interviewing may be a solution. At North Ward Behavioral Health Center, our motivational therapists are sensitive, supportive, and non-authoritative. They allow you to build confidence at your own rate – without pressure and under your own accord. Contact us today to learn more or make an appointment at our offices in Newark, NJ.