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#186 Breath

  We take breathing for granted; it’s there all the time. Even when we’re not paying attention at all, it’s there supporting us. It is one of the few physiological functions that is both involuntary and voluntary — we can

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# 185 Critical Self-Talk

  I was asked recently what to do when we hear clients criticizing themselves. What is a motivational-interviewing-consistent way of addressing this phenomenon?

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# 184 Impostor Syndrome

The familiar phenomenon called impostor syndrome occurs when you believe that you’re inadequate and a failure in the face of evidence that you’re skilled and quite successful. At least 70% of people experience this feeling at some point.

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# 183 Amplified Reflection of Sustain Talk

  All clients will voice their reasons to not make changes. This is normal. It simply shows us that ambivalence is present. In Tip #101, I described sustain talk, and in #174, I explored some effective ways to respond when

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# 182 Home Visits

  There are many reasons to conduct nutrition counseling in a client’s home. The most obvious is that homebound patients can’t come into your office. If you work for an infusion company, you may consult in the home for TPN

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#181 Gratitude

Gratitude is the feeling of appreciation for something. It emerges naturally when we are glad for something we have received. It implies acceptance.

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#180 Getting Out of the Way: Part Two

This Tip is a continuation of a theme begun in Tip #173. Here we take a slightly different perspective.

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# 179 Motivational Interviewing in Brief Contacts

  I am often asked how to use the effective skills and spirit of MI in brief health settings. In Tip #126, I shared a simple format based on MI called Brief Action Planning. This format keeps you focused and

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# 178 Repairing a Mistake

(This is a revision of Tip #83, first published in 2009) Nobody’s perfect. We have all goofed at times and regretted something that cannot be taken back. Some examples: You gave the wrong information to a client. You double-booked or

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#177 Addressing Critical Self-talk

We often hear very critical self-talk from our clients: “I am so stupid.”  “I’m a pig.” “I’m lazy,” “I was bad this week,” “I hate that I ate that ice cream,” or “I should have stopped at one serving.” It’s

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