Motivational interviewing is a kind of counseling that encourages behavior change by helping a person resolve mixed feelings.
A counselor helps a person explore his or her mixed feelings about quitting a harmful behavior, such as drug or alcohol abuse. The person is encouraged to find personal motivation to change the behavior.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction|
|Last Revised||January 18, 2012|
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