What Does Motivational Interviewing Encompass?

acupuncture-906144_1920In order for motivational interviewing to be effective, the changes that come about with the therapy need to come about because the patient wants them to, and by drawing out and encouraging the patient to identify their motivations and skills for change, the patient can learn to use them to help themselves.

Motivational therapy, just like is used in MD acupuncture and herbal medicine in LA centers, is focused around a few key areas including:

  • Empathy and acceptance
  • Helping an individual make up their minds in a collaborative environment
  • Provide support and confidence to the individual
  • Help the individual develop a new understanding of themselves

Motivational interviewing can be used for a whole manner of conditions, although it is most commonly found in treatment for those who have addictions ranging from illicit drugs to nicotine (smoking). It is also used in helping individuals with problems associated with weight loss, or in psychology cases where women want to learn how to use contraception more effectively to become pregnant. It is also used in those who participate in risky behaviours that create lifestyle dangers for individuals.

When Motivational Interviewing Should Be Used

3The idea behind motivational interviewing is for the physician to participate in reflective listening while the patient talks. The patient is supposed to feel accepted, heard, and not feel resistance. This means there will not be upset in motivational interviewing. The focus is to heal and be healed through a process that includes your mind, body and soul at the same time.

The physician works to have the patient identify which feelings and thoughts are unhealthy, and to help them develop new thought patterns that will help in aiding a behaviour change. The technique behind motivational interviewing is to build a rapport with the patient, built on trust that is established on a particular desire outcome such as breaking an addiction like smoking, losing weight or drug abuse. Other opportunities lie in areas where pain management is the goal. This includes patients with HIV or cancer.

Motivational interviewing is just one holistic approach that is used in finding healing, just as MD acupuncture and herbal medicine are used in helping the body realign its energy. These options can be helpful dependant on the circumstance. Are you looking for a holistic doctor in Los Angeles? Contact the offices of Dr. Bryan MD for more information on motivational interviewing and how it has shown to be a helpful.

The Motivational Path to Change with Addiction Medicine: Part 2

As mentioned in our previous post, this is a very important topic to talk about in today’s world. Continue reading more to learn about the motivational path to change!dice

  • Decision-Making – The time to make a choice has finally come! It takes a strong conviction to finally have a true decision. It is at this stage that the usual doubt starts to creep into our thoughts. It is most crucial during this time to have an outlet for our hesitation and Motivational Interviewing can be at its most beneficial.
  • Action – During the action phase, it is important to put into play the strategies that a physician would offer for coping and promoting change.
  • Maintenance – It is customary to continue with Motivational Interviewing well after the Decision-Making step to ensure that a change has been made. During this time, relapse is possible and should be monitored. It is possible for a different decision to be made and a new cycle will then begin.

It is important to note that this process is cyclical and may begin and end at any of the 5 stages. Within the intention of Motivational Interviewing, it is usually applied to holistic addiction medicine. Many techniques may be used interchangeably, and can be beneficial if used together in a process designed by a physician.

The Motivational Path to Change with Addiction Medicine: Part 1

Ever feel like you need a push in the right direction? Motivational Interviewing might be the perfect technique to give you that boost. Physicians develop a conversation with the client that can give a voice to the inner-monologue of self-doubt. Through this process, the possibility of change can be achieved through conquering fear and putting themselves in a more positive mindset. Here are a few stages of change that are focused on when looking into Motivational Interviewing (MI):motivation

  • Pre-Contemplation- This stage of change is just part of the cycle, meaning that there is no beginning or end. Yet, when starting to make a specific change, it is important to recognize that not all changes begin with a choice. First, it begins without intention. This is what causes the pattern to continue without the goal of change.
  • Contemplation – Like most things in life, we can contemplate the positive and negative outcomes of our decisions. During the contemplation phase, it is common to have a neutral opinion on the pattern-at-hand. Usually, we can come up with what we “feel” is right, wrong, important or unimportant.

Since this is such an important topic in today’s world, we broke this blog post into two parts to really give it the attention that it needs. This topic is one that Dr. Bryan MD can truly help his patients with. Please continue reading to learn more about this important topic!

What Is Motivational Interviewing and Who Needs It

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach that dates back to the early 1980’s, when behavioral studies were vastly popular. It was developed with the notion to help seek out the intentions of the client’s behavior and to have them recognized in a client to patient setting. The group setting is to help increase the individual’s motivation to change; something that we believe has a strong effectiveness with our doctors. The interview is to focus on the matters that the patient has, any deep-rooted issues that are tied to their behaviors or additions.

Who Needs It?

Motivational interviewing is used for individuals who need to change a type of behavior, but possibly have not recognized their behavior is an issue. When it was first developed, MI was intended to help the behaviors of alcoholics. Although, in the decades that it has been able to flourish, MI is used to treat various types of addictions and situations. Some of the most common patients are those who are
• dependent on various substances
• a patient who needs help mental health coaching
• a gambling addiction
• behavioral issues

If you or someone you may know will benefit from motivational interviewing, do not think twice and give us a call at (310) 228-3652. We are here to help our patients lead happy and healthy lives.