Louise answered the telephone almost immediately and confirmed that it was convenient for us to talk – she said that since our conversation she had discussed her intention at length with her boyfriend who was now committed to helping her stop smoking. Infact he had said that ‘I may try and stop with you – or just smoke in the garden .’
She said he wanted to listen to our conversation and was sat with her now. I asked if she was happy with that arrangement and she said she was. I said I would like to run through the forms she had filled in then listen to the research she had done and then ask a few final questions. She was fine with that.
Louise had confirmed she was in full time employment as a lawyer and living with her partner. Under ‘issues she wanted to resolve’ she had written ‘ I want to stop smoking’ and regarding what outcome she was looking for ‘ to stop smoking ready to start a family.’ I asked if there were any other reasons why she wanted to stop smoking apart from to start a family ( firstly, because I wanted to make sure she wanted to stop for herself first and foremost and secondly because I did not want having a baby to become the total focus of her life since she may not get pregnant immediately or ever – I wanted to make sure that Louise’s focus was on Louise ).
She said she knew it was not good for her and her parents had given up years ago but ‘ I like it and it gives me a break from work, and my boyfriend smokes.’ ( She had written these facts under ‘ what stops you from achieving this on your own ?’ on my client intake form ). I asked if she could explain to me what she meant by ‘ not good for her.’
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