River City Six – Kayla Leddy
Meet Kayla Leddy CEO/co-owner/clinical director at Clearwater Counseling, PC.
Tell us a little about your business.
Clearwater Counseling, a private practice with locations in Grand Island and Omaha, works with clients to treat a variety of mental health diagnoses. Being able to bring mental health services to both rural and metro communities in Nebraska is near and dear to our heart.
How did you get started in the business?
I started working at a nonprofit in Omaha during my undergraduate degree program. I knew I wanted to help others and be a teammate on whatever journey they were on in life. As time went on, I FINALLY figured out the career I wanted to pursue and went back to school. Then, the universe lined up and I became a co-owner of Clearwater Counseling in 2018.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
So far, the most important achievement in my career has been co-owning a successful two-location practice by the time I was 30 years young. Many of those years I was a single mom, working full-time and attending school full-time. The practice has been able to grow by adding additional staff, and I love to see them evolve as professionals and be part of their advancing careers.
Tell us a little about your family.
I married the love of my life, Michael Leddy, in August 2019. It has been an ever-changing time to celebrate the first year of marriage with a major pandemic, both of us working from home for several months, and both of us tag-teaming teaching duties to our two boys! Alexander is the oldest boy, age 12, and Hayden is the youngest, age seven. They both keep us on our toes with their activities and personalities. We also have one dog, Wags, who is a 13-year-old Boxer mix.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Meeting my now husband, as we met in Omaha when I was at a training and then several months later at a mutual friends’ child’s birthday party. We started dating long-distance and things progressed from there! If I hadn’t met him, the boys and I might not have moved back to Omaha or opened a second location of Clearwater Counseling.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
The ability to fly; I would travel a lot more!
Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to sing! I love music, but can’t hold a tune to save my life.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
A nurse or a teacher.
What is your favorite TV show?
I have too many to pick just one! I love The Office, New Girl, The Goldbergs, 20/20, and any TV show on The Food Network.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
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