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Kelly McDaniel, LPC, NCC


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.