An experienced Motivational Interviewing facilitator & practicing psychologist

The founder of dancing gecko training, Rachel Green, PhD, is a psychologist, psychotherapist, professor at the Université de Montréal and a Motivational Interviewing workshop facilitator. She started her psychology career as a neuropsychologist before becoming excited about, and a practitioner of, Motivational Interviewing in 2006.

Over the past 12 years, she has offered over 350 conferences, workshops and clinical development sessions to help others in the helping professions improve their use and knowledge of MI. Based in Montreal, Canada, and fluent in English and French, she has given training sessions across Canada, the United States and in Europe.

Rachel is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and the Association francophone de diffusion de l’Entretien Motivationnel (AFDEM), as well as a member of various committees. She has been a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ) since 2001 and is an accredited facilitator by the OTSTCFQ (Order of Social Workers, Family, and Marriage Therapists of Quebec).

Rachel Green, PhD

Psychotherapy services

Rachel continues her psychotherapy practice in Montreal for select clients. Her practice is focused on helping you achieve the changes you desire in your life. She uses Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as other respectful approaches to allow you, the client, to decide what and how you want to change. Examples of some of her clients’ most common goals: changing habits about exercise, eating, tobacco, alcohol or drugs, and dealing with anxiety and depression. Many other clients simply feel “stuck” about something in their life. She works with adolescents, adults, couples and families. $150/hr (sliding scale available), day and evening hours available.

Call or email Rachel to start the conversation: 438.878.0504

Excellent training. A challenge that led me to get out of my comfort zone and take calculated risks because it is a respectful and open environment. Thank you very much!

Anne-Sophie Dandois

Excellent training. A challenge that led me to get out of my comfort zone and take calculated risks because it is a respectful and open environment. Thank you very much!

Anne-Sophie Dandois

About dancing gecko

The gecko is a symbol of transformation in Southwestern Native American cultures, in part because in times of stress, they drop their tails and confuse their predators while making their getaway. A few months later, their tail grows back, completing a transformation. Psychotherapy also involves transformation: it brings you from one place in your life and helps you transform into another, better-adapted, more informed place.

The dancing part of “dancing gecko” refers to the collaboration between Motivational Interviewing practitioners and their clients. In Motivational Interviewing, we view our collaboration with our clients as a dance, rather than a wrestling match — an MI worker guides you, the client, subtly towards the change you want to make, rather than attempting to drag or push you toward change. At dancing gecko, therefore, we are focused on the psychotherapy dance between therapist and client to bring you towards your transformation goals.

dancing gecko training offers conferences, workshops and clinical development sessions for beginners through to advanced learners in MI.

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