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Motivational Counseling-Preparing people for change

Are you trying to quit smoking? Beat an addiction? Stick with a diabetes management regimen? Maybe motivational counseling could help.

Motivational counseling helps people who lack adequate motivation to engage in a process of changing harmful or unhealthy behaviors. It is based on principles of motivational psychology, and is designed to produce rapid, internal motivation to change. Motivational strategies mobilize the client's current and potential resources in the change process.

Why Motivational Counseling?

Treatment often doesn't work because individuals aren't adequately motivated. For example, about 80 percent of smokers lack sufficient motivation to succeed in treatment.

This helps the client work through his ambivalence and discover his own motivation for change. This therapy helps him make a personal commitment to invest in the process. Motivational counseling has been used successfully in the treatment of addictions and eating disorders. More recently it has been used to help patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and asthma, follow their treatment plans.

How it works ?

No absolute goal is imposed through this. Rather, the therapist helps the client describe problems from a non-clinical perspective. With the counseling, the client sets her own goals, although counselors may help clients see the possibilities and potential life improvement as a result of behavioral change. For example, the therapist may provide facts regarding treatment outcomes or health risks in non-judgmental language. The client can then make informed decisions about her health care and will be more likely to invest the time and energy necessary to succeed. Instead of telling the client how to change, this approach builds motivation and elicits ideas from the client as to how change might occur. It focuses explicitly on motivation as the key factor in triggering lasting change. Counselors ask open-ended questions, engage in reflective and empathetic listening, reframe statements, and encourage questions and dialogue.

1.Develop discrepancies.

Through this process the client is able to see "discrepancies" in his life. In other words, he can see conflicts associated with problem behaviors in terms of his personal goals and values. Counselors assist clients in expressing discrepancies in their own words, and encourage them to voice their objections to change.

2.Avoid arguments and direct confrontation.

3.Roll with resistance.

When resistance is met, counselors are trained to "roll with" it rather than confront it directly. By continuing to ask open-ended questions in non-judgmental language, counselors can help clients begin to identify why they resist making seemingly healthy lifestyle changes.

4.Support self-efficacy.

Self-efficacy is an important concept of this counseling. It is the belief that one has the ability to take charge of certain aspects of one's life. Many clients resist change because they lack this belief or lack the knowledge necessary to move forward with treatment.

Client-centered approach

With motivational counseling, interactions with health care providers are collaborative and collegial, not authoritative or confrontational. It empowers patients, identifies barriers to change, encourages reachable goals and, most importantly, increases treatment participation.

Chrysalis-Transforming your life.

Sharmila Rao

Chrysalis is the Spiritual Centre for Reiki training. Along with the commitment of Reiki training, it also incorporates holistic approach in itself by conducting psycho spiritual workshop like Past Life Workshop and various other spiritual meditation workshop catering to all walks of Life. This place is beyond any school of thought and above any bondages as people learn through one medium of Love. People possessing any belief system come under a roof to experience and learn . The discipline here does not restrict but persuades to be AWARE. Healing humans, nature, plants, animals, time, space and relationships or in one word healing negativity is the central point of this place.

According to Sharmila Rao of "Chrysalis" the term means a protected stage of development.She believes that human beings are like larvae which has the potential to become a beautiful butterfly.. She helps in channelising the divine energy with the help of Reiki, which is a gift from God in these troubled times therby lifting us from darkness into the light, resulting in a life filled with abundance of love, joy, wealth, success and prosperity.

Chrysalis is not one organization but it produces organizations. It strongly believes in the 'institution' that exists in each individual. Their work is to groom the individual into an adult to spread the essence of love and explore in his / her unique way. Thus an individual attains optimum to serve thy self maximally in his/ her unique and expert way.

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