Because sometimes there is uncertainty, conflict, or fear associated to decision making, exploring and building motivation and confidence is a big part of counseling.
How important is this decision in your life? Is this the right time? How confident are you that you can weather the change?
The extent to which you are ready, willing, and able will help determine next steps to getting “unstuck.”
Motivational Interviewing is set in collaboration, evocation, and autonomy (Miller & Rollnick, 2002). In short, it is person-centered and value-focused. There is attention to the enhancement of intrinsic values, exploration of desires and barriers to help you navigate through tough life decisions and changes.
Because of the focus on understanding personal experience, goals, values, and confidence, it is seen less as a series of techniques and more of “a way of being with people” (Miller & Rollnick, 2002).
Further Reading on Motivational Interviewing
- Motivational Interviewing: Preparing people for change. By Miller & Rollnick