Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LCMHCS

Masters Level Counselor 

Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LCMHCS, founder and director of TCCH, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (Master's level) and play/expressive arts therapist with over 26 years of counseling experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings including; private practice, residential facilities, schools, community agencies and partial hospitalization.

Maria holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a concentration in creativity, learning and human development and her doctoral research focused on character/affective education. Maria also holds a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology.

She was a Teaching Artist with the N.C. Wolf Trap program for three years and her teaching and professional training experience includes serving as adjunct faculty for 3 1/2 years at CPCC in the Human Services Program and for four years in the Teacher Education program.


Maria facilitates workshops for counselors, family law attorneys, educators, parents and community agencies both at TCCH and on site. Her areas of expertise include creativity/personal growth, domestic violence, sexual trauma, child abuse and interpersonal relationships, parenting, character education, reunification therapy, filial therapy, divorce/blended families, adoption and expressive arts/arts integration.

Maria has completed her facilitator certification in the Open Studio Process and offers classes in OSP, visual journaling, the Artist's Way, and creative movement. She also offers classes in stress and anxiety management based on Subtle Yoga, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other similar practices.She also provides individual and group supervision for LCMHC candidates. She is happy to design a class or workshop for your group ranging from 2 hours to an entire weekend.

Additionally, she provides consultation and coaching for parents and co-parents and serves as a child specialist with the Charlotte Collaborative Divorce professionals.

Kelsey Cahill, 



Kelsey Cahill, M. Ed, LCMHCA, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in Applied Youth Development. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Counselor Education at The Citadel in 2017. Kelsey has additional training in trauma informed practices, play therapy, and mindfulness. 


Kelsey has experience as a School Counselor, working closely with children ages 4 to 14 in individual and group settings around issues of anxiety, family changes, grief and loss, behavioral challenges and social skills. She also has a history of working collaboratively with parents and families to reach their short and long term goals. Kelsey worked as a case manager for social services, assisting children and families who experienced abuse and neglect.


Kelsey incorporates a Rogerian approach to therapy and believes each client has unique needs and goals. She often utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, self-regulation, and play therapy into sessions.

Melissa Lloyd,



Melissa Lloyd, MA, LCMHC-A, NCC is Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina and a National Certified Counselor. Melissa is now accepting new clients.

After finishing her time as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and teaching high school for 5 years at a public and charter school, Melissa received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University.  WFU’s Counseling Program has been developed under The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) guidelines and standards. 

Melissa began her tenure as a counseling intern at The Center for Creativity and Healing in January 2019, gaining training in working with children and adults who experience different issues, including parental conflict, anxiety, trauma, behavioral concerns, depression, and divorce. Melissa has a special interest in play therapy, court-involved therapy, working with families, expressive arts interventions, Mindfulness based approaches, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Melissa has attended 2018 and 2020 The Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference held at UNCC.  In October 2019, Melissa attended the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City. Along with being a member of the AFCC, Melissa was a scholarship recipient to attend the 2019 AFCC Conference in Pittsburgh.



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