Why is it so difficult to make life changes that are urgently desired, even needed? Whether it's eating healthier, pulling the plug on an unsatisfying job, or ending self-destructive patterns in relationships, old habits die hard. The good news is, it's perfectly normal to feel stuck—and with motivational interviewing (MI), you can understand what's keeping you there and how to break free. Allan Zuckoff and Bonnie Gorscak are MI experts who translate this proven counseling approach into powerful self-help strategies and practical tools. Readers learn how to resist unhelpful pressure to change, both from others and from within; overcome self-judgment and shame; and build confidence for developing and carrying out a doable personal change plan. Vivid stories illustrate the techniques in action.
“This book is a compassionate companion that helps you draw on your strengths and proceed at your own pace to unlock your capacity for change. It provides a nonjudgmental, step-by-step approach that can lead you to take brave new actions that fulfill your needs.”
—Nancy K. Grote, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Washington
About the Authors:
Allan Zuckoff, PhD, conducts professional training in MI throughout the United States and internationally. He also develops new applications of MI for people facing a variety of personal challenges and life issues. Dr. Zuckoff is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Bonnie Gorscak, PhD, is a psychologist and MI practitioner who has worked in the field of mental health treatment for 30 years.