Kelly’s Qualifications & Training

Kelly McDaniel, LPC, NCC, CSAT, is an author, psychotherapist, and teacher.

Ready to Heal

In 2008, Gentle Path Press published McDaniel’s first book, Ready to Heal.  With a focus on women, Kelly 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.” McDaniel coined the term Mother Hunger to name the craving and loneliness underneath addictive love and sex. Her concept has assisted both clinicians and clients identify the origin of addictive relationships, and foster the healing process.


Professional affiliations include training from the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), membership in the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), EMDR trained therapist, Licensure as a Professional Counselor in Texas (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Post Induction Trained therapist in the developmental model designed by Pia Mellody, and a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist based on Sue Johnson’s work.

Education includes an MA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and an MA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Currently providing confidential psychotherapy in Nashville, Tennessee.