Motivation & Solution Counselling
Motivation and solution counselling (MCS) is a brief form of therapy that identifies and enhances motivation for – and achievement of – change, and is known clinically as ‘Motivational Interviewing’. This form of therapy is a type of client-centred, solution-focused counselling that helps you to resolve feelings of being stuck, not knowing which way to go, or feeling that you cannot cope with making changes. It helps you to find your internal motivation needed to make lasting changes, starting with small steps to start with.
MSC is “down to earth”, practical and usually short-term, and acknowledges how very difficult it can be to take the first step towards change. Also, how difficult it is to maintain changes, which is why MI is often used to overcome habits, compulsions and addictions and other behaviours that affect health negatively. MSC helps individuals to become internally motivated to change unhelpful behaviours and make better choices, and can also help prepare people for more intensive treatments such as psychotherapy.
MSC is different to regular Counselling, because we are focused upon attaining specific goals that you want to achieve and removing barriers to progress. A key feature of MSC is decisional balance, that is, weighing up the pros and cons of change vs staying the same. You may not currently feel able to change, but MSC will help you to resolve ambivalence and move through the stages of emotional change needed to evoke your own motivation and core values. To do this we will explore your reasons for/against change, work out where your true motivation lies, and develop a commitment to the next step of your journey as appropriate and unique to you.