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Marc D. Richter, LICSW, LADC




2 Church Street, Suite 3G, Burlington, VT 05401

Ph: (866) 429-2074, Fax: (802) 540-8199

Motivational Interviewing Therapy (MI) 

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change.” Rollnick & Miller  It is not so much a stand alone form of psychotherapy as much as it is a communication approach that elicits behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence. Over the years, MI has been shown to be an effective approach for helping people change behaviors. I periodically combine elements of the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) or "Stages of Change" when using MI.

The path out of ambivalence is to choose a direction, follow it, and keep moving in the chosen direction.

The 6 stages of change are:

  • Precontemplation (not considering change)

  • Contemplation (thinking about change)

  • Determination (making the decision to change)

  • Action (actually changing behavior)

  • Maintenance (holding on to behavior change)

  • Relapse (falling back into old patterns).




Employing MI & TTM in my work with clients is all part of meeting clients where they are at.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Motivational Interviewing INFO

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