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Randee Shuman, LCSW-R, MSW

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Are you ready to change?

     

    

       Change takes many forms.  With each change a little part of us becomes different.  We gain or lose a part of ourselves. 

 However, most changes follow a formula that begins with the following stages:

 

·         Pre-contemplation     “Are you seriously intending to change in the next 6months?”

  In many cases, people are unaware that they have a problem or greatly underestimate it. 

 

·        Contemplation            “What are the pros and cons of doing it?”

In this stage, people are aware that a problem exists but they have not made the commitment to change. 

This stage can take months, and sometimes, even years to overcome.

 

·        Preparation                 “What, if any changes have you planned or made in thein the past few weeks?” 

 Chnge is imminent and likely to occur within the next 30 days when people enter this stage. 

 People usually begin to make small changes in problem behaviors.

 

·        Action                         “What are you doing differently now?” 

       People in this stage are working at change.  They are actively modifying habits, behaviors, and environments. 

       Their actions have been successfully changed for a period of time. 

 

·        Maintenance              “How are you handling small slips and lapses in changingyour behavior?” 

         People in this stage are working at change.  They are actively modifying habits, behaviors, and environments. 

 Their behaviors have been successfully changed for a period of time. 

 

 

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