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The Private Practice Pro

Oct 3, 2023

Embark on an empowering journey with host Kelley Stevens and guest Kayleigh Summers, a resilient clinical social worker and private practice owner specializing in perinatal trauma. Kayleigh’s inspiring story of overcoming life-threatening complications during childbirth is just the beginning. Learn how she used her experience to help other women deal with birth trauma, gain over 150K loyal followers on social media, and open her own successful private practice.

Guest Bio:

Kayleigh Summers is a licensed clinical social worker and private practice owner in Downingtown, PA. She specializes in perinatal trauma and has specific training in both perinatal mental health and EMDR. Kayleigh uses her training as a licensed therapist and her lived experience as an Amniotic Fluid Embolism survivor to treat and support families experiencing perinatal trauma. Kayleigh has also created thriving birth trauma support communities through Instagram and Tik Tok, as well as her podcast, where she provides connection, story sharing, and resources to support those experiencing birth and other trauma

Kayleigh Summers, LCSW

In this Episode:

  • Finding support after birth trauma
  • Does a large social media following help when opening a private practice?
  • Valuing yourself as a therapist and individual
  • Monetizing online content
  • Tips for organically growing your social media following
  • Taking baby steps to reach your goals


(1:17) – Kayleigh’s introduction

(3:31) – Kayleigh shares her toward finding her specialty

(9:36) – Kayleigh’s personal birth trauma story

(17:26) – Kayleigh shares how she found and received the support she needed after her birth trauma event

(19:25) – Transitioning back to work after birth trauma

(20:44) – How Kayleigh grew her social media following organically over time

(26:29) – Kayleigh’s experience opening her own private practice as someone with a large social media following

(36:01) – Monetizing online content through ads, workshops, and more

(49:01) – Kayleigh’s advice for those just starting out in private practice

(51:43) –Kelley answers a listener’s question about setting boundaries with clients around texting in between sessions


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