The Treatment Improvement Protocol-Center for Substance Abuse Treatment defines motivational interviewing as “a technique in which you become a helper in the change process and express acceptance to people. Motivation is essential for progression in addiction treatment, while lack of motivation can serve as a major hurdle.”
Harvard Medical School’s, Mental Health Letter states:
Sixty years ago, the psychologist Carl Rogers introduced a new approach to psychotherapy, designed as a contrast to the behavioral and psychoanalytic theories dominant at the time. Unlike behavior therapy, the Rogers approach does not emphasize action over feeling and thinking, and unlike psychoanalysis, it is not concerned with unconscious wishes and drives. At first, he called his method nondirective therapy, later client-centered and person-centered therapy.
Motivational interviewing is similar to person-centred (or humanistic) therapy where Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson), becomes a person of support in your counselling session, allowing you to make choices and arrive at your own conclusions without feeling outside pressure to do so.