The Intersection of
Science & Kindness
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The Center for Motivation & Change (CMC) is a group practice of dedicated clinicians and researchers who rely on science and kindness to help people change. We employ respectful, flexible, evidence-based approaches to address substance use and compulsive behavior problems as well as other mental health issues, including trauma.
Through compassion, collaboration, and the best science has to offer, we help people make life-enhancing and long-lasting changes. Let us help you find a path toward change that leaves you feeling better and more motivated, with greater mastery over your life, and empowered to pursue what matters most to you.
As a team, we are driven by an optimism about people's capacity to change and a commitment to the science of change.
Science + Kindness = Change
We built CMC at the intersection of science and kindness. From science, we get evidence-based principles, tools, and strategies proven to help people change; from kindness we get the glue that holds these ideas and practices together, making them meaningful and sustainable. As we see it—not just in general but over and over again with our clients: science plus kindness equals change.
At the core of all change is the decision to take action. Powerful tools exist for effecting change, but they are of little help if you have not first made the difficult decision to use them. At CMC, we will help you identify your own personal and compelling reasons for change and map out a path you can endorse, not just endure.
Our positive, holistic approach is designed to support real and lasting change. Focusing solely on stopping unwanted behaviors is rarely as successful as developing a fuller and more fulfilling life. Our therapists use motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies to help you accomplish your goals. We will collaborate with you to understand the relationship between your thoughts, emotions, sensory experiences, values, and behavior. We will help you make changes that leave you feeling better and more motivated, with greater mastery over your life, empowered to pursue what matters most to you.
News & Media
A Change in Treatment Begins with Increased Consumer Knowledge
David Sheff, author of Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, and Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, wrote a small piece on Time.com about the need for more treatment programs to use evidence based treatments for substance abuse. In the author’s box at the bottom, there is a very common disclaimer, […]
Changing the Focus of Substance Abuse Treatment
This is part 2 of two responses to the New York Times article about Dr. Carl Hart’s research at Columbia University. You can read Part 1 here and the the original NY Times article here. Some of the work of Carl Hart, an experimental psychologist at Columbia University, was described in the NY Times recently, and […]
This is part 1 of two responses to the New York Times article about Dr. Carl Hart’s research at Columbia University. You can read Part 2 here, or the original NY Times article here. Stereotypes are pretty dangerous things. They bias opinion about a group of people, and are the basis for racism and bigotry. […]
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A new offering from CMC:Foundation for Change!
The Invitation to Change: A Short Guide is a new workbook for helping someone—whether a loved one or a client—who is struggling with substance use and change.