Eliciting Change Talk And Moving To Commitment Talk

As an osteopath working in private practice as well as the corporate consulting world, understanding what change talk is and how to elicit it with clients can be a very for those wishing to focus on improving their health and wellbeing.  Change talk is when an individual communicates advatages of change, disadvantages of the current behaviour, optimism of change as well as intention to change.    When we are working with individuals where we want to elicit change talk it is important to focus on the following:  Desire, Ability, Reason and Need.  Encouraging the individual to discuss why they might like to make a change, how they might go about making change, identifying reasons to change and understanding their level of need (how important) to change is a great place to start.  Once we have elicited change talk in the individual we want to then look to elicit commitment talk.  Commitment talk involves having them discuss what they are thinking about doing? what they are willing to do? planning to do and going to do.  Once we have commitment talk we can then look to evoke ACTION.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics. The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation. The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation. To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.

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