Books by Kelly McDaniel

Mother Hunger

How Adult Daughters Can Understand and Heal from Lost Nurturance, Protection, and Guidance

The constant search for mother love can be a lifelong emotional burden, but healing begins with knowing and naming what we are missing. McDaniel helps women identify Mother Hunger®, which demystifies the search for love and provides the compass that each woman needs to end the struggle with achy, lonely emptiness, and come home to herself.

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“Kelly McDaniel’s Mother Hunger is going to create a worldwide sigh of relief as daughters everywhere finally have words to describe the aching loss that haunts their lives and relationships. With compassionate understanding for the incredible challenges that all mothers face when trying to mother well, Mother Hunger provides a much-needed key to the hidden impacts that being under-mothered can create and points the way toward healing and wholeness.”

Michelle Mays LPC, CSAT-S, founder of PartnerHope and the Center for Relational Recovery

“I read Mother Hunger as if it was a sacred text — each word revealing and illuminating the deepest inner essence of me I knew was there but couldn’t name. Kelly McDaniel has translated the most palpable, potent, and impactful imprint of mother to daughter that has the power to heal us in real time while also providing healing to those who’ve come before us and arrive after. I honestly cannot remember a time I have resonated with anything as much as I do Mother Hunger. If you’re drawn to this book — trust it!”

Nancy Levin, author of Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free

“A brave, sensitive, and clinically intuitive book filled with wisdom and healing.”

Erica Komisar, LCSW, psychoanalyst, parent guidance expert and author of Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters

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Mother Hunger

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Ready to Heal | Mother Hunger

Ready to Heal

Breaking Free of Addictive Relationships

The much anticipated third edition of Ready to Heal is here!

This newly revised and expanded edition of Ready to Heal provides an opportunity for women to break free from painful addictive relationships. Kelly McDaniel provides the reader with the tools they will need to move along the path of living a life where intimacy is possible.

"Nobody understands and explains sex and love addiction in women like Kelly McDaniel. Ready to Heal integrates compelling examples with clinical brilliance, lighting a path to personal healing and healthy relationships. The chapter on “mother hunger” is an invaluable work in and of itself. Therapists like us as well as our clients will be utilizing this powerful resource for many, many years to come."

– Bill Bercaw, PsyD, CSAT, CST & Ginger Bercaw, PsyD, CSAT, CST Authors of The Couple’s Guide to Intimacy: How Sexual Reintegration Therapy Can Help your Relationship Heal

Making Advances

Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts

Kelly worked with 9 experts to create Making Advances, the first book to offer clinicians practical, ground-breaking theory and tools in the treatment of women who struggle with love and sex addiction.