When we learn MI we become comfortable asking questions such as “How ready is this person for change?” But how often do we stop and ask ourselves “How ready am I for this client?”

And while we spend time learning what to say or ask, the most fundamental skill in MI is the skill of listening. Deep, focused, wholehearted listening. Yet we are often trying to have meaningful conversations with a head full of distractions.

People come to treatment with all sorts of problems and respond to all sorts of treatment. Or not. Every approach seems to offer something, and no one approach has all of the answers.

So why did I choose to spend so much time focusing on Motivational Interviewing? Here are ten reasons why MI gently nudged its way into the foundation of my practice.