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Benefits of motivational interviewing

Learn about the benefits of motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing is based on the premise that everyone possesses the ability to change.20, 21 The intention is to facilitate, empower and support patients to progress towards a positive lifestyle change. As a result, there are many benefits of utilising motivational interviewing in practice, including:

  • gaining client rapport quickly
  • reducing client anger and resistance
  • increasing retention and engagement in treatment
  • resolving ambivalence (and preparing client for change)
  • increasing client motivation and change talk
  • increasing client confidence in their own ability to make a positive lifestyle change

Motivational interviewing is particularly useful in helping patients who are ‘stuck’, resistant and angry, as well as patients who are in the early stages of behaviour change.20, 21

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