Psycho-Education (Motivational interviewing)

Motivational interviewing is a useful technique to use with people who are initially ambivalent or reluctant to engage in CBT, particularly when needing to change a behaviour which provides rewards for them (e.g. smoking, drinking excessively). Discussions of the costs and benefits of change and even planned exercises are sometimes needed to convince the person that in the longer (and sometimes shorter) term, the benefits of change outweigh the costs of not changing. Often concerns about what might happen, or their perception of their inability to cope, impedes progress and these must be uncovered and dealt with, along with discussing what might the future might look like if they changed and the impact of the change on their satisfaction with life.