Combining Motivational interviewing with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Primary Care: A Literature Review

Combining MI with CBT


  • Sanjeef Thampinathan University of Toronto



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational interviewing, Psychotherapy


Over the decades, numerous psychological concepts have enhanced our understanding of human behaviours. Specifically, psychotherapies have assisted and improved overall well being for individuals with problematic behaviour. This literature review will compare the history, theory, principles, and core skills of motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This review will illustrate why a combined approach of MI and CBT is more beneficial than using either technique on its own. The evidence available on MI-CBT effectiveness in clinical practice and ways to implement it in primary care will be discussed.


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How to Cite

Thampinathan, S. (2020). Combining Motivational interviewing with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Primary Care: A Literature Review : Combining MI with CBT . The Journal of Canada’s Physician Assistants, 1(5), 43–49.