Melissa McDaniels Books

Loved Just As I Am, shares her thirty-year journey of learning from her own pain and shame, choosing to let go of judgment and control, and never losing sight of the knowledge that God loved her unconditionally. McDaniel now uses her complete understanding of compassion to help alleviate the suffering of another.


Melissa McDaniel

Counselor | Public Speaker | Author

Melissa McDaniel is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, life coach, and speaker who has spent nearly two decades helping people transform their lives. She began her career as a therapist for victims of sexual assault before transitioning to working with individuals who have committed sexual crimes to transform their behavior. Grief, anxiety, and depression are consistent issues she deals with from her private practice.

Her love of family led her to a counseling position with Family-Centered Services. After working twelve-hour days keeping families together, she realized her own family was struggling from her absence and opened her own private practice. For over 17 years, she has counseled and coached thousands from her private practice, guiding individuals and families to their higher purpose.

Loved Just As I Am

We don’t get to pick the traumatic events that happen in our lives, but we do get to choose how we let them write our story. In her debut release, Loved Just As I Am, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Melissa McDaniel, recounts how her idyllic life in the south was changed forever when she was sexually assaulted at age eleven.

Using her deep faith, love of family, and firm belief that we are all enough, McDaniel skillfully owns her “crapola” while laying bare her feelings and actions, both good and bad. She shares her raw journey of processing her childhood wounds and her struggles as a young woman dealing with a violent ex-boyfriend, racism within her family and community, motherhood, addiction, and infidelity.

Her fresh perspective and vulnerability within the pages of this non-fiction memoir work to create a roadmap of healing for others like her to rise above pain, shame, and doubt. The result is a life guided by wisdom, freedom, and healing.





Shame works like the zoom lens on a camera. When we are feeling shame, the camera is zoomed in tight and all we see is our flawed selves, alone and struggling ~ Brene Brown

Shame creates self-hate and keeps people from their purpose and from love. How can you love another if you don’t love yourself? You can’t give what you don’t have. Eventually, God taught me that self-love erodes shame. Loving became my purpose. Love breaks down barriers. Everyone is here to live out their purpose and love leads the way. But love includes the love of ourselves and selve love begns in the mind.

Chapter One


Chapter Two

My Beginnings

Chapter Three

When Trauma Looks like a Young Man in a Basketball Jersey

Chapter Four

I Gave My Heart to Keith

Chapter Five

When Love, Deceit, and Violence Collide

Chapter Six

New Beginnings and Old Habits

Loved Just As I Am
McDaniel, Melissa