‘It was the scariest time of my life’: Abbey Clancy says she had hypnotherapy to deal with parental fears after her weight dropped to seven stone while daughter Sophia spent three weeks in hospital
Abbey Clancy says she sought help from a hypnotherapist after her weight plummeted to seven stone while eldest daughter Sophia spent three weeks in hospital with an undisclosed illness.
The mother-of-four decided to receive treatment to cope with deep-rooted parenting fears after being unable to eat while 13-year old Sophia was cared for at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital.
Discussing the benefits of hypnotherapy with husband Peter Crouch during their weekly Therapy Couch podcast, Abbey, 37, claimed her maternal anxiety stems from being the oldest child within a large family.
‘I’ve always been a bit of a worrier because I’ve always been quite maternal,’ she explained. ‘I was a lot older than my brothers and sisters so I was a bit of a mummy figure to them, in a way.
‘But I think obviously the main reason is from when Sophia was a baby. She had a health issue, which at the time was literally the scariest time of my life.’
Concern: Abbey Clancy says she sought help from a hypnotherapist after her weight plummeted to seven stone while eldest daughter Sophia spent three weeks in hospital
Parents: The married couple share four children (L-R: Johnny, Peter, Liberty, Jack and Sophia Crouch)
She added: ‘We were in Great Ormond Street for three weeks and after that I went down to seven stone. I couldn’t do that now… I couldn’t eat.
‘When she went down for her operation and we had to sign these forms and they say ‘if we do this she could die’… these are real forms we’re signing. You have to trust someone with your baby’s life and it’s the most unnatural thing in the world.’
Abbey, who also raises children Liberty, seven, Johnny, five and Jack, three, with former England striker Peter, eventually sought help to deal with her fears after Sophia made a full recovery.
‘I actually went to see a hypnotherapist,’ she explained. ‘It definitely worked. You know, I haven’t really opened up about what happened to Sophia and don’t really want to in its full capacity, because I think some things are private, but going to see this guy, Tim, was incredible.
‘He gives you different thought strategies and ways to cope, to find out what your triggers are and overcome them, and just thinking in a different way.’
Admission: Abbey also opened up about the football manager she slapped on the bottom in a hilarious new video – but refused to disclose his identity
Here we go: Abbey went on to ask Peter if he will ‘expose’ the unknown manager, who she jokingly labelled the ‘bum-ee’
Abbey also opened up about the football manager she slapped on the bottom in a hilarious new video – but refused to disclose his identity.
The model added that every time she has seen him since, he has told her to do it again.
She said: ‘So I actually slapped a football manager’s bottom – by mistake. It was a dare someone made me do without telling me he was a football manager.
‘And now every time I see him he’s like “Go on (offering his bum), you know you want to!”‘
Abbey went on to ask Peter if he will ‘expose’ the unknown manager, who she jokingly labelled the ‘bum-ee’, before adding: ‘I’m the bum smacker and he’s the bum smacker-ee.’