Our lives are constantly changing. Change can look like staring school, starting a new career, leaving something we loved, family transitioning, quitting a habit, and more. Although, people constantly experience change that does not mean change is easy.

Researchers James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente created a model called the Transtheoretical Model, also called the Stages of Change, in the late 1970s. This model discusses the stages people go through when experiencing change. These stages are:

  1.  Precontemplation
  2.  Contemplation
  3.  Preparation,
  4.  Action
  5. Maintenance
  6. Termination.


During the Precontemplation stage people do not know or believe they need to make a change. Once they decide they need to make a change they move into the Contemplation stage of change.  People prepare to take action in the Preparation stage of change, then take action in the Action stage. The Maintenance stage of change is achieved once a person maintains their behavior for 6 months and intends to keep moving forward. Finally, people reach the Termination stage once they have no desire to return to their unhealthy behavior and do not believe they will relapse.

To read more about the stages of change please visit https://sphweb.bumc.bu.edu/otlt/MPH-Modules/SB/BehavioralChangeTheories/BehavioralChangeTheories6.html

Knowing the stages of change can be important when experiencing change. As we transition between stages we can decide if we need assistance and how much assistance we need. If you or someone you know needs assistance with the process of change please call Lighthouse Counseling Ltd. There are immediately appointment available in multiple offices.


“God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

-The Serenity Prayer

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Keli Hinkemeyer earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Cloud State University, MN after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Dependency and Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University, MN. She has a history of working with individuals who have spent time in the criminal justice system and are on parole. She has worked with individuals who have had an alcohol, substance, and behavioral addiction. Keli utilizes Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral, Adlerian, and Motivational Interviewing techniques into her counseling sessions based on the individual’s needs.

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