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Motivational Interviewing



Motivational Interviewing

A technique to decipher indecision about self change into actualization of changes which need to take place for yourself.


There are Six Stages of Motivational Interviewing

“Change is natural and intrinsic to all humans"

  • Precontemplation – identify discrepancies of where you would like to be

  • Contemplation—identify positive and negative outcome

  • Preparation– Develop a realistic plan

  • Action- Adjusting to your new realities, identifying, and avoiding behaviors triggers

  • Maintenance-Look at the gains of the new behavior, watching out for the INB

  • Relapse– prepare for relapse, acceptance, look at triggers, move on

Changing the Culture

By Petros Levounis M.M.D,M.A


We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them Albert Einstein

During the first stage of Precontemplation, a person may not really be considering a change, or changing the problem, or the behavior they have, which intern creates the behavior that takes place.






When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves Victor E. Frankl

During the second stage of Contemplation, a person realizes they have a problem. They have to weigh their personnel “costs”, of changing their behavior.


Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of a higher intention, sincere effort, and intellectual execution: it represents the wise choice of many alternative choices, it's not chance that determines destiny. Aristotle

During the third stage of Determination, a person creates the actual action, or actions that create change Within their situation. During this phase there is a plan developed that includes actions to be taken. Actions that a person takes can create a new reality. This phase includes identification of triggers that may occur when the problem behavior is avoided.



All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered, the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei





During the fourth stage of Maintenance, a person has created a sustainable change in behavior. They are excited about the gains in their lives because they were able to weave this new behavior in to their life.


Life, which created a great change for them, and their surroundings. Life can be pulled by goals just as easily as it can be pushed by drives Viktor E. Frankl

During the last fifth stage a relapse may occur. There is a preparation devised to handle a relapse. The first step is an acceptance that this may occur. A clear examination of triggers is completed. Once a person can re-establish the behavior they want to maintain, they can move on and enter renewal of a continued means of living their best life.


This process of creating positive behavioral changes is processed in a series of the completion of graphs and exercises performed during the therapy session.

At first you may feel very ambivalent, as to, “why you need to get help for the problem that you are encountering”. I can assure you that after going for treatment, using the “Motivational Interviewing technique, you will learn a new way to decipher issues, which held you back in the past, and will now create better outcomes for your present and your future.



The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. Amelia Earhart

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