Episode 52: Need a Trauma Transformation? Watch This! | Kelly Campbell

July 5, 2024
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In this episode, Nitika Chopra interviews Kelly Campbell, a trauma-informed leadership coach and author of the book ‘Heal to Lead’. They discuss topics such as personal growth, trauma integration, and the use of plant medicine. Kelly shares her journey of healing from childhood trauma and how it led her to become a coach. They also touch on the importance of therapy, nervous system work, and the role of plant medicine in healing. Overall, the conversation explores different modalities of healing and personal transformation. In this conversation, Kelly Campbell discusses the importance of feeling safer rather than safe, and the distinction between creating a safe space and creating a supportive growth environment. They also talk about the journey of healing and the exploration of trauma integration. Kelly shares the motivation behind writing their book, Heal to Lead, which focuses on high conscious leadership and the four fundamentals: trauma integration, embodying vulnerability, leading with compassion, and lighting the way. They emphasize the importance of self-awareness and trusting oneself as a leader. Nitika Chopra shares her own journey of overcoming self-doubt and insecurity as a leader. The conversation concludes with a discussion on what thriving means to Kelly, which includes well-being, meaningful relationships, and making a positive contribution.

A Trauma-Informed Leadership Coach to emerging and established leaders who know they are meant for more, Kelly L. Campbell (they/she) instigates change and impact. Her debut book, “Heal to Lead: Revolutionizing Leadership through Trauma Healing” (Wiley) will be released on April 16, 2024. An inspiring keynote speaker, they have also written for Forbes and currently write for Entrepreneur and for their Substack community, “The New TLC: Trauma, Leadership, and Consciousness.”

A longtime conservationist, Kelly was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader in 2017. Most recently, they became certified as a Reiki Level III Practitioner. Kelly’s vision is to empower more than half of humanity to heal its childhood trauma so that we may reimagine and rebuild the world together.

The Topics We Explore In This Episode

  • Personal growth and healing often involve integrating childhood trauma and addressing maladaptive behaviors.
  • Therapy is a valuable tool for processing trauma, but it may not be sufficient for forward-moving transformation.
  • Nervous system work and somatic practices can complement therapy and help individuals move forward in their healing journey.
  • Plant medicine, such as ayahuasca, can be a powerful tool for healing when used in conjunction with other modalities and with proper guidance.
  • Self-reliance, intuition, and strengthening the relationship with oneself are essential aspects of personal growth and healing. Feeling safer is more important than feeling safe, as safety is subjective and cannot be created by someone else.
  • Healing involves exploring trauma and integrating it into one's life.
  • High conscious leadership involves trauma integration, embodying vulnerability, leading with compassion, and lighting the way for others.
  • Thriving is about well-being, meaningful relationships, and making a positive contribution.


  • 00:00 - Introduction and Background
  • 08:06 - Healing Childhood Trauma for Effective Leadership
  • 13:15 - The Power of Plant Medicine in the Healing Journey
  • 18:17 - The Four Fundamentals of High Conscious Leadership

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