A directive person-centered approach designed to explore
ambivalence and activate motivation for change.


Motivational Interviewing

  • Acknowledge their right to choose change (or not) Guiding communication style
  • Starts with relationship, empathy
  • Invites people to:
    • Consider their situation
    • Find their own solutions, motivation
  • Helping people
    • Believe they can do it
    • See beyond current reality
    • Be stronger than their excuses
  • Gently guiding them to verbalize
    • Their goals, motivators, strengths, obstacles
    • Their past successes & how they overcame
    • Why change is needed & how it will help

One Technique

  • Open-ended questions
  • Affirmations (empathy expressed}
  • Reflective listening
  • Summaries

Practice with your family and friends!

What do YOU want?

Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.

Creating Intention

  • Stages of Change
  • Pre-contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance
  • Our goal: gently guide them toward next stage
  • Information vs. self-efficacy
  • Medical model vs. coaching model
  • Create discrepancy
  • Roll with resistance

Words Have Power

  • What you say
  • How it is received
  • How you say it

Reprinted with permission from:
Amaryllis Sanchez Wohlever, MD
Coach for Physicians
Wellness, leadership, burnout recovery/prevention
Author. Medical Editor.
Board-certified Family Physician
Website: www.faithfulMD.wordpress.com
e-mail: faithfulMD@gmail.com