Behavior Changing therapy gaining interest

Published: January, 2005

BOSTON, MA — A type of counseling called motivational interviewing may help people change behaviors such as addictions, the March issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter reports.

As the name implies, during motivational interviewing, the mental health professional asks questions and acts as a partner in dialogue rather than giving advice or instruction. The counselor tries to make the clients feel comfortable examining all aspects of the behavior, including their own mixed feelings about change. The Harvard Mental Health Letter says that this method is often best suited for people who do not yet see they have a problem or who have not yet decided to do something about it.

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