Expanding Horizons Counseling and Wellness

Dr. Courtney Conley

Author . Educator . Licensed Counselor
CEO, Expanding Horizons Counseling and Wellness

Dr. Courtney Conley is an author, educator, and licensed counselor who specializes in working with adolescents and their families. Since 2007, she has worked with youth in a variety of capacities. Courtney spent eight years working in the public-school system where she served as a high school and middle school counselor. 

Courtney’s passion for serving youth stems from her own emotional turmoil during her teenage years. Her mission is to equip adolescents with the inner tools needed to navigate their teenage years successfully and authentically. Her work combines the power of connection with spiritual concepts to help today’s youth expand their thinking, raise their awareness, and challenge their negative beliefs. 

Courtney partners with parents to support struggling youth. She believes the way out of depression starts with connection and that parents can play a powerful role in their child’s healing. Courtney’s book, Your Daughter Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable: An Approach to Supporting Your Teenage Daughter Through Depression, teaches parents wellness strategies and skills for supporting struggling teens. Whether she is working directly with teens or with their parents, the well-being of adolescents is at the heart of her work. 

Courtney received both her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Master of Arts in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 she earned her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University. She currently resides in a suburb of Washington D.C. where she continues to serve adolescents and their families in her practice, Expanding Horizons Counseling and Wellness.

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Here's My Why and How I Can Help You

I decided to become a counselor to help kids. I consider it a privilege when people invite me into their lives and allow me to journey with them during difficult times. While I am always far more interested in listening to the story of others, I’d love to introduce myself and give you a glimpse into why I am so passionate about helping teens and their parents.

My driving force has always been the internal suffering I experienced throughout my life. At the heart of this work is the desire to help adolescents avoid the sea of negative emotions that consumed me as a teenager and impacted me well into adulthood. I consider myself a wounded healer. I understand on the deepest level what it’s like to struggle with depression and all the far-reaching implications that result. I have dedicated my career to supporting adolescents both directly and indirectly.

I have been working with youth since 2007. Through my years of service as a school counselor and therapist it became clear to me that the struggles that many young people face start at the core. Yet we try to put band-aids on the surface. We teach self-esteem techniques but not self-acceptance and self-love that starts at the core.

My mission is to equip adolescents with the inner tools needed to successfully and authentically navigate their teenage years. I developed my approach after seeing so many teens struggle with depression, anxiety, and a lack of confidence. My work combines the power of connection with spiritual concepts to help today’s youth expand their thinking, raise their awareness, and challenge their negative beliefs.

Fun Facts About Me...

  • I have a passion for reading nonfiction and personal development books. Among my favorite authors are Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, and Mike Dooley.
  • Interestingly, I’m one of the few people who haven’t watched Game of Thrones, as I don’t watch TV.
  • My musical taste is diverse, and I equally enjoy Fleetwood Mac and Jay Z. Different types of music evoke memories of specific periods and special individuals in my life.
  • A unique bond I share with my sister is matching tattoos.
  • Cooking and baking bring me joy, and it’s how I won over my amazing husband.
  • Traveling is another love of mine.
  • Whether it’s raw or steamed, I enjoy oysters but not when they’re fried.
  • I come from a small town with a population of about 500 people.
  • Family holds immense significance to me, and I consider my siblings to be my closest friends.
  • Raising my two incredible children allows me to apply the parenting skills I teach on a daily basis. And did I mention my wonderful husband?
Dr. Courtney Conley sitting comfortably, engaged and attentive.

Inspiring Change

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Conley served as the motivational speaker for the Calvert County Public Schools Mental Health Resource Fair. In just an hour, she was able to keep her audience engaged and teach practical strategies that could be immediately utilized and applied not only to parent-child relationships but for students and staff. Shehas a heart for young people. She professionally presented herself but also shared in a personal and humanistic way.

Your Daughter Doesn't
Have To Be Miserable

I wrote this book because I know there are so many struggling teenage girls right now and on the other end of that struggle are moms who are at their wits’ end and unsure of how to help. 

Your Daughter Doesn't Have To Be Miserable Hard Copy