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Your Path to Empowerment: Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change in OCD/Anxiety Recovery

September 19, 2023

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Motivation for Change in OCD and Anxiety Recovery

In this blog post, we’ll dive into the transformative techniques of motivational interviewing and the stages of change. These powerful tools can illuminate your path to overcoming OCD and anxiety, guiding you through the stages of transformation. As we embark on this journey, remember to mark your calendar for our upcoming free live training on 9/19 at 12 pm CST, titled “Overcoming Objections: Committing to OCD and Anxiety Recovery Once and for All.”

The Catalyst of Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative and client-centered approach that fosters intrinsic motivation and commitment to change. It’s not about pushing someone towards change but rather helping them explore their own motivations and barriers. In the context of OCD and anxiety recovery, this technique empowers individuals to take ownership of their journey.

The Stages of Change: A Roadmap to Transformation

The stages of change model, comprising precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance, offers a roadmap for transformation. Each stage represents a different mindset and readiness for change. Recognizing where you are on this spectrum can provide insights into your journey and guide your approach.

Precontemplation: The Unaware Stage

In the precontemplation stage, you might not recognize the need for change. You might believe that your anxiety or OCD is manageable or not a big concern. Motivational interviewing gently prompts you to explore the impacts of these challenges and consider the possibilities of change.

Contemplation: The Seed of Transformation

In the contemplation stage, you’re aware of the need for change but may still be ambivalent. Motivational interviewing helps you weigh the pros and cons of change, guiding you towards a deeper understanding of the benefits of recovery.

Preparation: Setting the Stage for Action

As you move into the preparation stage, you’re ready to take action. Motivational interviewing supports you in identifying specific strategies and resources to support your journey. It empowers you to create a plan that feels tailored to your needs.

Action and Maintenance: Navigating Change

In the action stage, you’re actively implementing strategies and making changes. Motivational interviewing continues to be a powerful tool for staying focused, overcoming obstacles, and maintaining momentum. It reinforces your commitment and progress.

Join Our Free Live Training: “Overcoming Objections: Committing to OCD and Anxiety Recovery Once and for All”

Ready to fully commit to your journey of OCD and anxiety recovery? Join my free live training on 9/19 at 12 pm CST, “Overcoming Objections: Committing to OCD and Anxiety Recovery Once and for All.” This interactive session will delve into overcoming common objections and roadblocks, empowering you to embrace change and empowerment.

Resources for Your Recovery

To learn more about OCD and anxiety recovery strategies and resources, visit my website at Here you can find additional support and guidance.

Want more content like this? Check out some of my related podcasts and check out The OCD and Anxiety Recovery Blueprint – cart opens 9/26!

This post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional advice of your own professional mental health or medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Finally, make sure to check with your own physician or mental health professional before trying or implementing anything read here.

© 2023 Jenna Overbaugh, LLC


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