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Therapist's prayer


While studying Motivation Interviewing (a counselling technique useful to address ambivalence and helpful in creating change), I came across something very unexpected and beautiful.


A founder of Motivational Interviewing, Scott Miller, was talking about it with Native American Elders. They thought that this compassionate and respectful approach is in an alignment with Native culture and values and suggested that it should have a prayer. This is what was created (Scott Miller, William Rollnick, Raymond Daw, 2012)



"This particular version reflects meditative preparation to work with a female client, but the pronouns can easily be changed" Miller WR, Rollnick S. (2013). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change. 3rd Ed. N

Guide me to be a patient companion,

to listen with a heart as open as the sky.