Pivoting Into Private Practice to Create Her Dream Job with Kelsey Brown

Pivoting Into Private Practice to Create Her Dream Job with Kelsey Brown

Are you tired of working in settings that don’t serve you and your clients the way you need? 

In this episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I sat down with Kelsey Brown, a Start and Grow Your Private Practice student, to talk about her journey as an SLP and why she decided to do things differently and start her own private practice. 

Kelsey shares how she started to lay the groundwork for leaving her job, exactly how she’s making more money and working less, and how she’s built stability into her income by filling a school contract and doing sessions while she builds her private pay caseload. 

Kelsey is a great example of a young and talented SLP who refused to get caught up in working in settings that didn’t serve her or her clients and is instead creating her own systems and life through her private practice.

Kelsey Brown (she/her) is a DC-based speech-language pathologist by day and children’s book author (“Come On, Calm,” 2019) by night, weekend, and summer. She has undergraduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Theatre from The University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. 

Kelsey’s love for speech therapy started when she was 14 years old and she’s been interested in working with individuals with complex communication needs since her first introduction to assistive technology her freshman year at UGA (she later completed a certificate program in Instructional Design and Technology). 

Kelsey’s experience includes working with and learning from the folks at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Access Champions podcast, Imagination Stage, Soaring Starts Early Learning & Arts, and Camp Twin Lakes. Her theatre and teaching artist background help to inspire fun and motivating client-centered sessions in a naturalistic environment: your home or community space. 

While she was leading school-based teletherapy sessions during the first year of the pandemic, Kelsey enjoyed the close relationship she built with her students’ families. In both in-person and virtual speech, language, and literacy sessions, Kelsey builds caregiver coaching into every session. 

Kelsey Brown specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), emergent literacy, early intervention, and gestalt language processing.


In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:


  • Kelsey’s experience as a new SLP
  • How Kelsey found confidence in herself as a clinician
  • When she decided to go into private practice
  • How Kelsey built up her private caseload
  • The power of building relationships with other professionals
  • The happiness Kelsey feels now that she is a private practitioner
  • How Kelsey structures her work day in her private practice
  • The basics of what you need to start a private practice
  • The book that Kelsey wrote and how she achieved it


I hope you enjoyed this conversation with Kelsey! I love how committed she is to gaining knowledge and experience and then implementing it to change the lives of those around her while changing her own life. She may have started slowly, but laying that groundwork allowed her to quit her job when the time was right and she hasn’t looked back.

The private practice movement is gaining momentum and it’s time for you to be a part of it. Want help to start your own private practice – just like Kelsey? We can help! Visit www.StartYourPrivatePractice.com to learn more.

Whether you want to start a private practice or grow your existing private practice, I can help you get the freedom, flexibility, fulfillment, and financial abundance that you deserve. Visit my website www.independentclinician.com to learn more.


Resources Mentioned: 

Visit Kelsey’s website: https://www.kelseybrownslp.com/

Follow Kelsey on Instagram: instagram.com/kelseybrownslp

Follow Kelsey on Facebook: facebook.com/kelseybrownslp

Follow Kelsey on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kelseybrownslp


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