Acupuncture CounselingBy using Motivational Interviewing (MI) as an adjunct to Acupuncture, you find new ways on setting and attaining goals and finding inner motivation.  MI helps one to further understand our own physiological, psychosocial, psycho-spiritual, and physical needs.  When combined with Acupuncture, health goals and resolutions are easier understood and attained.


Motivational Interviewing is a well-known, scientifically tested method of counselling clients developed by Miller and Rollnick and viewed as a useful intervention strategy in the treatment of lifestyle problems and disease.

  • ‘Motivational interviewing’ relies upon identifying and mobilizing the client’s intrinsic values and goals to stimulate behavior change.
  • Motivation to change is elicited from the client and not imposed from without.
  • Motivational interviewing is designed to elicit, clarify, and resolve ambivalence and to perceive benefits and costs associated with it.
  • Readiness to change is not a client trait, but a fluctuating product of interpersonal interaction.
  • Resistance and ‘denial’ is often a signal to modify motivational strategies.
  • Eliciting and reinforcing the client’s belief in ability to carry out and succeed in achieving a specific goal is essential.
  • The therapeutic relationship is a partnership with respect of client autonomy.
  • Motivational interviewing is both a set of techniques and counselling style.
  • Motivational interviewing is directive and client-centered counselling understanding and eliciting behavior change.

The concept of motivational interviewing evolved from the experience of treating alcoholism, and was first described by Miller in 1983.1 This basic experience was developed into a coherent theory, and a detailed description of the clinical procedure was provided by Miller and Rollnick,2 who defined motivational interviewing as a ‘directive, client-centered counselling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence’. Miller and Rollnick’s theory also draws inspiration from Carl Rogers’ work on non-directive counselling, described in 1953.3

The examination and resolution of ambivalence is the central purpose of non-directive counselling, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal. Motivational interviewing is a particular way of helping clients recognize and do something about their current or potential problems. It is viewed as being particularly useful for clients who are reluctant to change or who are ambivalent about changing their behavior.

The strategies of motivational interviewing are more persuasive than coercive, more supportive than argumentative, and the overall goal is to increase the client’s intrinsic motivation so that change arises from within rather than being imposed from without.