Motivational Interviewing South Wales

“MI is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.”  (Miller & Rollnick, 2013, p. 29)

The most current version of MI is described in detail in Miller and Rollnick (2013) Motivational Interviewing: Helping people to change (3rd edition). Key qualities include:

  • MI is a guiding style of communication, that sits between following (good listening) and directing (giving information and advice).
  • MI is designed to empower people to change by drawing out their own meaning, importance and capacity for change.
  • MI is based on a respectful and curious way of being with people that facilitates the natural process of change and honours client autonomy.

How does it help?

MI is not an attempt to convince or persuade. Instead, it subtly guides you to think about and verbally express your own reasons for and against change and explore how your current behaviour or health status may impact your ability to achieve their life goals or align with their core values. It is often used with individuals who struggle with addiction and motivation.


When you have a dream, you must grab it and not let go

Sessions are either face to face or online, the first session will be part of an initial assessment and relationship building.