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Talking Oneself Into Change: Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, and Therapeutic Process

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Motivational interviewing (MI) is a directive, person-centered clinical method for helping clients resolve ambivalence and move ahead with change. It can be applied as a preparation for treatment, a freestanding brief intervention, an enduring clinical style, or a fallback approach when motivational obstacles are encountered. A psycholinguistic theory is emerging to account for the efficacy of MI that has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials. For cognitive therapists, MI provides an evidence-based alternative to direct disputation of client cognitions.
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Keywords: ADDICTION; AMBIVALENCE; CHANGE; CLIENT-CENTERED; CONFRONTATION; MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-12-01

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