Mother Hunger: Healing Your Original Broken Heart

Look for Kelly's new book coming in 2020

In her new book, Kelly guides women toward a deeper understanding of Mother Hunger®, a concept she first named in Ready to Heal (2008). MH is a term that helps a woman name the unspeakable pain that emerges from early childhood betrayal at the hands of her mother. Based on each mother/daughter story, different degrees of Mother Hunger emerge and play out in the lifelong struggle to find healthy connections with others. The legacy of shame from early maternal loss, abuse, or abandonment leaves a daughter always wondering, “what’s wrong with me?”

Mother Hunger takes women to the core of their inherited “love template”, illuminating the cultural and relational roots that place women on a stage for heartbreak and a lifelong quest for love. Normalizing the difficulty that women face in relationships, Kelly’s new book soothes the legacy of shame from fractured maternal bonding.


Ready To Heal: Breaking Free of Addictive Relationships

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

Kelly has updated the original Ready to Heal with two new chapters, including her research on Mother Hunger, the foundation for addictive love and sex. Original case studies are updated so readers may see the evolution in each woman’s process toward wholeness.

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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.