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February 8th, 2021

Motivational Interviewing for Children

Child Therapy

What is Motivational Interviewing?

This therapy method uses interpersonal counselling that helps people find the internal motivation they need in order to change behaviours. This evidence-based approach works to change behaviours and acknowledges how difficult it is to make life changes. Working as a collaborative process with therapist and client, or in this case child or teen. Motivational Interviewing for children is particularly helpful in the adolescent stage when kids may be resistant to change. 

Therapy sessions using Motivation Interviewing works to guide communication and empower change. This model assists in aiding the youth to find inner motivation to start making healthier choices. The youth and the qualified practitioner have a collaborative conversation style for strengthening the youth’s own motivation and commitment to change. 

Further, with particular focus on the language of change, this approach gently moves youth away from uncertainty and indecision and views the youth as they expect of their own life while focusing on goals.

Choosing a Child and Teen Therapist at Ohana Wellness Clinic

Our team of mental health professionals includes both Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Social Workers. Some of our therapists provide counselling for teens and adults, whereas others work with children as young as 4. Need help choosing the right therapist for your child or teen? Connect with our Psychotherapist Liaison & Coordinator by emailing

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