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Digital Seminar

Mother Hunger: Treating Trauma, Grief and Attachment Wounds from Unmet Maternal Needs

Kelly McDaniel, LPC, NCC
Approx. 6 Hours
Oct 10, 2024
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Do you have clients who feel trapped in cycles of harmful behaviors and are unable to stop?

Clients who struggle with an insatiable need for sex and love, periods of overeating or starving, and painful, unstable relationships?

I’ve seen these traits over and over in clients. As I searched for answers I discovered a common thread – so many had a deep yearning for a mother’s love, attention, and care that was not met during childhood.

Hiding in secrecy and shame, this unnamed problem left clients a lifetime legacy of insecure attachment, trauma, addiction, anxiety and so much more.

It led me to write my best-selling book Mother Hunger: How Adult Daughters Can Understand and Heal from Lost Nurturance, Protection and Guidance to help people name what they’re missing and begin to heal.

And now for the first time ever, you can join me for a complete training, as I tackle this complex problem and give you the clinical tools and solutions you’ve been looking for…

…so you can help your clients break free from harmful cycles and emptiness resulting from unmet maternal needs.

When you join me, I’ll share a healing path with powerful therapeutic interventions so you can:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of unmet maternal needs in clients
  • Destigmatize shame and feelings of inadequacy that accompany undermothering
  • Use attachment-focused interventions to help clients identify unhealthy attachment patterns and work towards building healthier relationships
  • Build greater self-awareness and emotional regulation in clients
  • Help clients create sense of safety and trust within themselves
  • Give clients a toolkit of self-care and self-soothing techniques

So many of your peers who have trained with me say this material is “this is the missing piece” in both their treatment approach and personal healing.

Kelly McDaniel


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Kelly McDaniel, LPC, NCC, CSAT, is a licensed professional counselor, best-selling author, and psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience.

In her first book Ready to Heal (2008) she named an attachment injury as “Mother Hunger” and started a movement. Women resonated with the concept and wanted treatment. Since then, she’s devoted herself to nurturing insecure attachment and maternal deprivation in adult women.

In her second groundbreaking book Mother Hunger: How Adult Daughters Can Understand and Heal from Lost Nurturance, Protection, and Guidance, McDaniel draws on her extensive clinical experience to explore the impact of Mother Hunger on adult relationships, including attachment trauma and its effects on intimacy, self-esteem, and emotional regulation. Her book has been praised by mental health professionals and readers alike for its compassionate approach, practical insights, and groundbreaking research.

McDaniel is a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator. She has presented on topics related to attachment theory, trauma healing, and relationship dynamics at conferences and events throughout the United States and internationally.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kelly McDaniel receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kelly McDaniel has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Analyze unmet maternal needs through the lens of attachment injury.
  2. Identify the impact of neurobiological changes associated with complex trauma on the development of mood disorders.
  3. Develop skills to create a therapeutic container for disenfranchised grief.
  4. Utilize family constellation work to bring repetitive traumatic patterns into awareness.
  5. Use imagery of positive attachment experiences to assist in the development of adult secure attachment.
  6. Examine countertransference reactions in therapeutic practice to maintain professional boundaries.


Attachment Injury from Unmet Maternal Needs

  • The three core elements of maternal needs
  • Child development impacts when core needs are unmet
  • Insecure attachment from the perspective of an attachment injury
  • How insecure attachment impacts adult functioning
  • Tools to identify attachment injury and complicated grief

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress: The Legacy of an Abusive Mother

  • PTSD vs. Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Brain changes from CPTSD and mood disorders
  • Creative and flexible strategies for supporting “difficult” clients

Apology Aches and The Disenfranchised Grief of Mother Hunger: Working with Clients Hurt by Those Who Were Supposed to Love Them

  • Identify the “apology ache”
  • Reduce the “apology ache” to manage adult interactions
  • Create a safe, supportive environment for clients to explore and express difficult emotions
  • Reduce the craving our clients have for closure
  • Manage the fantasy of the ideal parent figure
  • Disenfranchised grief and creating a container
  • Journaling and creative ways to support healthy grieving

Clinical Tools to Treat Adult Daughters with Unmet Developmental Needs

  • Attachment-focused interventions to identify bonding behaviors
  • Techniques to move clients towards building healthier relationships
  • Family constellation work to help clients explore their maternal bond
  • Use imagery of positive attachment experiences to assist in the development of adult secure attachment in therapeutic contexts
  • Self-soothing practices for emotional regulation

Additional Clinical Issues

  • When is group work helpful and when is it not?
  • Address countertransference
  • Treatment termination
  • Research, risks and treatment limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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