Growing the Motivation to Change
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Why change? Drs. Smithyman and Stout explore motivation for changing our anxiety driven behaviors.

In this episode, we dive deep into understanding the process of change in therapy, starting from the initial motivation to change to facing resistance, using the Stages of Change model and Motivational Interviewing. We discuss why making a change is so difficult, the hurdles encountered during therapy, and how move through these challenges.

Listen as we share examples of how these processes unfold in clinical settings, specifically relating to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and how understanding the benefits and costs of our behaviors can facilitate change. We also touch upon the importance of self-compassion and how therapists can help clients navigate their conflicting motivations. If you've ever struggled with making a change, or you work with clients who do, this episode offers valuable insights.

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