MET Catalyzing Change

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Catalyzing Change in the Journey to Wellness


The path to holistic well-being is seldom a straight line; it is a complex journey that requires motivation, self-discipline, and, often, the guidance of a well-versed coach. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) emerges as a beacon, guiding individuals through the meandering paths of self-improvement and actualization. It stands not only as a method but as a philosophy that integrates the cultivation of intrinsic motivation and disciplined behavior change. This article delves into the intricate dance between motivation and self-discipline, the enriching role of a coach skilled in motivational interviewing and Socratic dialogue, and the nuanced stages of the Transtheoretical Model of Change. We will unfold the symbiotic relationship between motivation-enhancement and key personal attributes essential for transformation.

Motivation and Self-Discipline: The Core of MET

At its core, motivation is the driving force that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. It is the answer to the ‘why’ behind every action. Self-discipline, the steadfast partner of motivation, is the ability to control and motivate oneself, stay on track, and push beyond one’s comfort zone. MET, an approach rooted in the principles of motivational psychology, works to ignite a person’s intrinsic motivational forces and fortify their self-discipline.

Therapist or Life Coach: An Orchestrator of Change

A health and wellness coach fluent in MET is akin to a maestro, orchestrating the journey of self-discovery and change. Proficiency in motivational interviewing equips a coach with the skills to evoke the client’s own motivations for change. It’s a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation. The Socratic dialogue, a method of cooperative argumentative dialogue, further enables coaches to stimulate critical thinking and illuminate ideas through insightful questions. This fusion empowers the client, promoting a deeper understanding of their values and the changes they wish to pursue.

The Stages of Change: A Transtheoretical Approach

The Transtheoretical Model (TTM), also known as the Stages of Change Model, provides a framework for understanding the phases an individual undergoes as they make lasting changes in their behavior:

  1. Precontemplation: Individuals may be unaware that a change is needed.
  2. Contemplation: Awareness is present, and individuals are considering the possibility of change.
  3. Preparation: There’s a tentative commitment to change, often with small steps being taken.
  4. Action: Individuals actively engage in behaviors that foster change.
  5. Maintenance: Changes are sustained over time, and new behaviors replace old ones.

MET operates within the realms of this model, tailoring interventions to the individual’s current stage and fostering progression to subsequent stages.

Motivation-Enhancement and Personal Attributes

MET is not a one-size-fits-all approach; it thrives on the individual’s capacity, ability, insight, awareness, readiness, openness, willingness, and diligence:

  • Capacity refers to the individual’s intellectual abilities, critical thinking skills, mental health status, and emotional bandwidth, required to engage in the change process.
  • Ability refers to the absence of illness or disability in an individual’s physiological and biological components, and the healthy brain structures, existing knowledge, and skill set required to enact changes.
  • Insight and awareness are the understanding and recognition of one’s beliefs, values, narratives, and patterns, and how they impact achieving goals.
  • Readiness signifies the point at which an individual is poised to take action.
  • Openness and willingness reflect the receptivity to new experiences and change.
  • Diligence is the sustained effort towards goals despite challenges.

MET seeks to enhance these attributes, weaving them into the fabric of the therapeutic process to bolster the individual’s journey towards change.


Motivational Enhancement Therapy serves as a powerful tool in the arsenal of a health and wellness life coach. It is not merely a method but a journey that respects and harnesses the client’s autonomy and capacity for self-directed change. In a world that often feels tumultuous, MET stands as a testament to the human capacity for transformation, championing the belief that with the right guidance, individuals can navigate the stages of change and emerge with a fortified sense of self-discipline and motivation. The role of a coach skilled in MET is indispensable, serving as a compass that points towards the true north of wellness and self-fulfillment.

As the discourse on mental health and holistic well-being continues to evolve, the integration of MET into coaching practices and programs is not just beneficial but essential. It encapsulates a holistic approach to empowerment, where motivation and discipline converge, leading to profound and lasting change. In the symphony of self-improvement, MET is the melody that resonates with the rhythms of progress, resilience, and hope.