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Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Anxiety

This practical book provides effective strategies for helping therapy clients with anxiety resolve ambivalence and increase their intrinsic motivation for change. The author shows how to infuse the spirit and methods of motivational interviewing (MI) into cognitive-behavioural therapy or any other anxiety-focused treatment. She describes specific ways to use MI as a pre-treatment intervention or integrate it throughout the course of therapy whenever motivational impasses occur. Vivid clinical material--including a chapter-length case example of a client presenting with anxiety and depression--enhances the utility of this accessible guide.


  • I. Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing
  • 1. Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Evidence
  • 2. How Motivational Interviewing Fits into Health Care Practice
  • II. Core Skills of Motivational Interviewing
  • 3. Practicing Motivational Interviewing
  • 4. Asking
  • 5. Listening
  • 6. Informing
  • III. Putting It All Together
  • 7. Integrating the Skills
  • 8. Case Examples of a Guiding Style
  • 9. Getting Better at Guiding
  • 10. Beyond the Consultation
  • Epilogue: A Map to Guide You
  • Appendix A. Learning More about Motivational Interviewing
  • Appendix B. A Topical Bibliography of Research on Motivational Interviewing

Author Bio:

Henny A. Westra, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has extensive clinical and research experience and has worked as a front-line clinician, clinical director, professor, and trainer. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Dr. Westra's research on motivation and interpersonal process in psychotherapy has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. She has presented and published widely on the treatment of anxiety and depression.


"A practical, compassionate, and clinically wise guide to effective treatment for clients who present with anxiety and related clinical concerns. Compelling descriptions--coupled with rich clinical illustrations--show therapists how to flexibly apply motivational interviewing and access clients' full potential and wisdom. Westra's sensitive and skilled instruction in combining 'ways of being' with 'ways of doing' makes this book a much-needed, extremely valuable contribution to the therapy literature. It should be read by all beginning clinicians and their supervisors, as well as by experienced clinicians looking to refresh and improve their practice."--Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston

"Anxiety is not only a common problem in itself, it is a frequent concomitant of other problems encountered in fields where behavior change is an issue. This book brings together contemporary thinking on MI and anxiety. It provides an approachable framework for thinking about and addressing anxiety using MI approaches, and deserves to find a wide audience among MI practitioners and trainers."--Guy Undrill, PhD, MRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Anxiety

Author: Henny A. Westra

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