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What is Motivational Interviewing?

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What is Motivational Interviewing?

For many people, it’s easy to set goals. However, actually achieving those goals can be difficult. At Banyan Mental Health, we offer Motivational Interviewing to help our patients achieve their goals.

Our residential mental health program in Boca helps people from all walks of life overcome mental illness, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Motivational Interviewing is one of our most effective treatment methods.

How Motivational Interviewing Works

What is Motivational Interviewing? Motivational Interviewing is a therapy approach that helps patients identify problems, develop goals, and set a plan to achieve those goals. This therapy approach is very verbal and patient-driven, helping patients to feel more capable of enacting real change in their lives. Motivational interviewing involves four main processes:

  1. Engaging
  2. Focusing
  3. Evoking
  4. Planning

The first stage helps patients discuss their issues, problems, and hopes. A therapist then helps the patient to focus on opportunities for change and growth, often working to change negative habits and patterns. In the evoking step, the therapist helps the client find their own internal motivation to make positive changes and solve the problems they have just identified. This step is crucial in improving the patient’s readiness to change.

After that, the planning stage kicks into action. It is at this time that the patient identifies and develops realistic and practical steps that they can take to achieve their goals. With the four steps of Motivational Interviewing, patients are able to gain responsibility and the ability to improve their current situations.

The Benefits of Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing focuses on developing and implementing real solutions for a wide array of problems. It is especially effective in addressing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Motivational Interviewing helps patients feel a greater sense of responsibility and accountability for their lives, giving them the strength to make positive changes.


Many therapists use Motivational Interviewing to help break down more overwhelming tasks into manageable steps. For example, getting sober can seem like an insurmountable feat. However, with the help of Motivational Interviewing, and other therapeutic techniques, patients can break down the smaller steps of the task to reach their goals. Contact our therapists at Banyan Mental Health today to get started 888-280-4763.

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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