Hi, I'm Kelly McDaniel.
The pain of a broken heart is a lonely experience. You may want to hide. Yet healing heartbreak is not possible alone. We aren’t designed to heal by ourselves. Each one of us needs a trusted guide when we’re lost and in pain.
As an author and a clinician, I’ve been studying and naming a particular type of heartbreak that is unspeakable…Mother Hunger. Consequently, I’ve learned a few things about healing heartbreak and betrayal. Together, we will ease the heaviness you’ve been carrying alone.
Ready To Heal
In 2008, Gentle Path Press published my first book, Ready to Heal. With a focus on women, Ready to Heal provided case studies and guidelines for healing addictive love and sex. The book emerged from a recognition that women needed gender specific information about addictive relationships. In a culture that objectifies female bodies and women’s wisdom, Ready to Heal outlines the inescapable impasse that occurs for women who desire love but are pathologized for this normal, human desire.
The success of RTH led to a second edition in 2012 with an expanded chapter on the original term “Mother Hunger.” I coined the term Mother Hunger to name the craving and loneliness underneath addictive love and sex. This concept has helped both clinicians and clients identify the origin of addictive relationships, and foster the healing process.