Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a client-centered therapeutic, evidence-based intervention that is based on the principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI). This therapy is conducted within four sessions in conjunction with another therapeutic intervention, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The purpose of this intervention is to get the client to begin the planning process to change a desired behavior(s).
MET is most effective with substance use disorders as it helps the client recognize that continuing drug/alcohol use leads to further negative consequences. Above all, our goal with MET is to help the client and the family meet their goals and to heal.
Our approach to MET is to allow the client to see that the change they desire lies within them. In doing this, we utilize OARS (open ended questions, affirmation, reflection/reframing and summarizing) during an individual session when processing their drug use and addictive behaviors. In addition to using OARS, we attempt to use ambivalence to assist the client in recognizing that their behaviors and drug use lead them to negative consequences.
Without the use of empathy this therapeutic intervention is not successful. Our training in vulnerability, empathy and encouraging self-efficacy provides the client with the added emotional support to begin the recovery process. We don’t believe in guilt trips or shaming as that will only deepen the client’s desire to get high.