Balloon Phobia and Fear of Loud Noises
Before I was in contact with Dr Jo Waddell, I had spent most of my life running away from Balloons and other various loud noises. For around 20 years I had been scared of Balloons and the Balloons popping as I had believed it was incredibly loud. I was also scared of other noises that would pop or burst. For example, Fireworks, Party Poppers, and Champagne Bottles being popped. This has majorly affected my life due to the fact that I would always plan my life around Balloons, for example any family events or gatherings which would have Balloons there I would not attend. This has meant missing out on a great deal of events, or if I did attend the event then I would spend the whole time with anxiety.
How it has changed
After my therapy sessions with Dr Jo Waddell, I feel like I am in much more control of my emotions and I am feeling like I can move forward with my life in a more positive manner. I feel as though the practices I learnt throughout my sessions have helped me to implement more structure and routine into my day and I have been able to view things more positively than I would have done before.
With regards to the loud noises, after just one session I was able to go out with a friend and shop for some Balloons which I filled with sequins, blew them up and managed to pop one. Since then, I have popped two more and although each time brings a sense of anxiety, I just push through knowing the joy I will experience when I have popped one. I am also now more curious when around Balloons and I am less anxious about running away from them.
With regards to the other loud noises that would bother me, I am now able to stand in the room while someone pops a champagne bottle and have done this multiple times. I am not majorly affected by the sound anymore and I know that it is temporary. Due to the time of year, I have been unable to attend firework displays and this is something that I am hoping to test out in the next few months. I have also popped a party popper and although I didn’t enjoy it, I got through it.
I would highly recommend Dr Jo Waddell, she is very understanding and passionate about her work. She uses past life experiences to link each practice to show an example and this was incredibly helpful. She has a very calming and approachable personality and she is very adaptable to your needs. She is clearly very knowledgeable and this shows in the changes mentioned above, with regards to my fear and also my mood in general