Mother Hunger® Discussions

  • April 2020 - Discussion on Pandemic Self-Care Strategies

    Watch on Facebook to Discussion on Pandemic Self-Care Strategies

    Description: Listen to this discussion on pandemic self-care strategies via Facebook live, hosted by Teri Wellbrock. It's helpful to understand gender differences in response to being in isolation, lock-down, quarantine, etc.


    The Healing Place Podcast - Kelly McDaniel: Mother Hunger & Early Attachment Injuries

    Teri Wellbrock: "What a powerful, informative, transformative, and inspirational conversation I enjoyed with Kelly McDaniel, LPC, NCC, CSAT. Please join us as we discuss:

    * Mother Hunger®
    * early attachment injuries
    * her upcoming book release "Mother Hunger"
    * Her book "Ready to Heal: Breaking Free of Addictive Relationships"
    * EMDR
    * and more!

    Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunes, Blubrry, Spotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube."

  • February 2020 - WHAT IS MOTHER HUNGER®?

    Listen to Sex and the Bull City podcast, What is Mother Hunger®?

    Kelly McDaniel discusses her concept of Mother Hunger, which is an early attachment trauma.


    Read Article on PartnerHope, Introduction To Mother Hunger®: An Underlying Issue For Many Betrayed Partners

    Excerpt: "This week I would like to introduce all of you to a colleague of mine named Kelly McDaniel. Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and the author of the groundbreaking book Ready to Heal that addresses female sex, love and relationship addictions. In her book, she outlines four cultural beliefs that impact women and their ideas about worth, love, and sex.  For this reason, her book resonates with women who have been betrayed and women who themselves have been the betrayer."

  • August 2019 - What is Mother Hunger with Carol the Coach

    Listen Here to What is Mother Hunger with Carol the Coach

    Description: "Carol the Coach interviews Kelly McDaniel who specializes in treating women who experience addictive relational patterns. She is the first clinician to name Mother Hunger as an attachment injury and urges clinicians to explore the repercussions of bonding or non-bonding with an emotionally compromised mother. Find out how women with these issues experience a variety of cyclical, self-sabatoging behaviors."

  • July 2019 - System Speak: Dissociative Identity Disorder ( Multiple Personality Disorder )

    Listen Here to System Speak: Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder)

    Description: "We speak with Kelly McDaniel, who coined the term Mother Hunger. She explains what this means, and how it is the earliest trauma and a disenfranchised grief. We discuss not having “permission” to talk about our mothers, much less work out mother trauma, which leaves us isolated from mothering and healing. In this, she is able to explain how and why dissociation starts in infancy - and what it is protecting us from exactly. Trigger warning for mother related content, and reference to the mother-baby dynamic, though no specific abuse stories are discussed."

  • June 2019 — “Short Description of MOTHER HUNGER”

    Description: Kelly McDaniel is an expert on women and addiction. This month’s newsletter mailing and web update provides those interested in her work, a short description of Mother Hunger to share with clients, or for your own healing journey. Visit the article, here.

  • Sept. 2018 — “Sex, Love, and Addiction 101: MOTHER HUNGER”

    Listen Here to Kelly’s interview on the podcast “Sex, Love, and Addiction 101” (Episode Published Sept. 27, 2018)

    Description: Kelly McDaniel is an expert on women and addiction. Her deep empathy in the field helps women find, develop and be okay with themselves despite the trauma that may have occurred in early attachment. Today, she speaks about her upcoming book “Mother Hunger”, the lasting patterns that emerge due to early trauma, and how Mother Hunger treatment is different than typical sex and love addiction treatment. 

  • July 2018 — “Mother Hunger and Addiction in Women”

    Listen Here to Kelly’s interview on the podcast “Behind Closed Doors” (Episode Published: July 28, 2018)

    Description: Behind Closed Doors with Dr. Kate & Lauren who interviewed Kelly McDaniel & Amy Dresner, in the podcast episode “Mother Hunger and Addiction in Women.”

  • Nov 2017 – “Thanks for Sharing” SPOTLIGHT ON MOTHER HUNGER

    Listen here to Kelly’s interview on the podcast “Thanks for Sharing.” (Episode 61)

    Description: Jackie and Jon spoke with Kelly McDaniel recently about Mother Hunger and it’s particular impact on women recovering from heartbreak and addiction.

  • May 2017 – “IITAP” Spotlight on Kelly McDaniel

    IITAP stands for International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Watch the below spotlight interview on Kelly McDaniel and the topic of Mother Hunger.