Mother Hunger by Kelly McDaniel
Kelly McDaniel describes what she calls ‘mother hunger‘ as the longing left over when a daughter experiences maternal loss – either from death or from physical or emotional abandonment.
“Your biological mother is your first home….For an infant, a mother’s body is a natural habitat that regulates breathing, body temperature, sleep rhythms and heart rate. Nature’s design is for her to stay close so that your development goes smoothly.”
She goes on to explain the devastating loss experienced when the mother doesn’t respond to this basic biological need. I give this book Five Stars – necessary reading for all women.
Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody
Pia Mellody became quite famous for describing Co-Dependency and creating workbooks for recovery. In her book, Facing Love Addiction, she describes a subtle difference between Love Addiction and Codependency.
Love addiction is the experience of desperately clinging to a partner for love and acceptance, in an attempt to fill the longing within. Love addicts almost always get into relationships with Love Avoidants, and pain and suffering within the relationship is the result. She believes that 99% of all modern relationships have this dynamic, and this book is all about healing from that painful cycle.
Effective therapy is only one part of experiencing total health. Your mental health is also deeply impacted by your physical health. Personally, when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and changed my diet, my mental health dramatically changed.
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“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.”David Richo
Mother Hunger – The work of Kelly McDaniel, where she names the fundamental injury that many women suffer when they have mothers who fail to nurture, protect and guide their daughters.
Transactional Analysis – Read more about Transactional Analysis, a model that we can make sense of ourselves and others.
Online Course on Transactional Analysis – Take this excellent course (aimed at professionals) to learn more about Transactional Analysis Counselling.
Advanced Integrative Therapy – Read more about the Energy Psychology approach used at Therapy for People and how it can gently treat traumatic experiences.
Redecision Therapy – Redecision therapy is practiced at Therapy for People. Read more about it here, additional information can be found in Bob and Mary Goulding’s book: Changing Lives Through Redecision Therapy.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study – This is a landmark study showing the connection between difficult childhood experiences, and mental and physical health challenges later in life. This video outlines evidence that our early life experiences influence our adult lives – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Robert Goulding – The Current World Belief Systems Do NOT Support Peace – A fascinating video showing the founder of Redecision Therapy demonstrating redecision therapy with a client back in the ’70s.
Transactional Analysis – The Ego State Model and Basic Transactions – Learn more about this model of understanding human behaviour and dynamics through the lens of Transactional Analysis.
Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown has famously brought into our awareness the impact of shame, our need for connection and the influence of vulnerability on creating a whole-hearted life.
Daniel Amen – Important Lessons from 83,000 Brain Scans – Fascinating video from visionary Daniel Amen on what he has learned looking at human brains as it relates to our mental and emotional health.
Bloom – Psychadelic Therapy is being researched in Calgary. Check out this clinic to learn more about how Psychedelics can help recovery.