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Motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing involves discussing what someone wants to change, why they want to change, how they are going to accomplish change and where they are within the cycle of change. Motivational interviewing is particularly useful for addressing addictive disorders. At HSR Psychology, our trained specialists can provide motivational interviewing.

Who is suitable for motivational interviewing?

At HSR Psychology, young adults up to age 25 may be suitable for motivational interviewing.

Motivational interviewing might be appropriate for young adults and children who:

If you want to find out how motivational interviewing can benefit you or individuals around you, please contact us for more information.

What are the benefits of motivational interviewing?

Motivational interviewing can provide a lot of benefits to children and young people, such as:

Followingmotivational interviewing some suggestions will be made to support the child, teen or young adult which will increase the chances of change coming about.

What happens prior to motivational interviewing?

Motivational interviewing may be conducted after the initial discussion, please see our procedure below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during motivational interviewing?

During motivational interviewing, the main focus will be on what motivates the young person to achieve change. The child or young adult will need to think about the targets they want to reach in the near or distant future. The HSR Psychology professional will use reflective listening and encourage the individual to ask themselves what they can do in order to achieve their goals and create a plan to stick to. The child or young adult will work to create a plan of action in achieving their goals. Goals will be realistic and will be moulded around the individual’s needs and circumstances. The young person can also be taught some self-motivating strategies to tackle periods of low motivation. Motivational interviewing can take place in a range of settings including at home, in school or in a therapy setting.

What happens after motivational interviewing?

After motivational interviewing the young adult will have a range of strategies to commit to a goal. Following motivational interviewing follow up sessions may be suggested, reviewing and updating the individual’s action plan if needed. The results of motivational interviewing will be given through a feedback session or, if necessary, a written report. Throughout the entire intervention phase, we will provide you with a wide range of support.

Does motivational interviewing come with a report?

We suggest a report after an intervention that includes; what has happened, targets, the effect of our actions and future recommendations. A report from motivational interviewing can have many uses. Reasons for requesting motivational interviewing will vary, and if a report is not required then verbal feedback can be provided with a written summary of the intervention. Our reports can be read about here.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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