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.

Alexxis Longmore

Alexxis Longmore, M. Ed, LCMHCA, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Winthrop University in 2021. Alexxis is now accepting new clients.

She is passionate about her clients and the mental health field. She looks forward to working with clients to help meet their goals. She has a special interest in working with families undergoing separation/divorce and providing co-parenting education and support aged 3+ that have experienced several different issues, including trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, sexual identity, life transitions, grief and loss, codependency, relationship issues, and familial issues. 


Alexxis incorporates an eclectic approach to therapy. She has a special interest in TF-CBT, EMDR, court-involved therapy, working with families, self-regulation, expressive arts interventions, mindfulness-based approaches, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She learned that emotional and personal growth is different for everyone and will meet you where you’re at. Alexxis is currently completing an intensive course through Williams James college on working with high conflict families with resist/refuse dynamics. 


Mental Health Counseling Intern

Tara Muma, CMHC Intern is a graduate student via an online program at Antioch University (New England). Tara studied Psychology and Philosophy in her undergrad at UNCC. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and Chi Sigma Iota. She has 10+ years of experience working with clients across industries as a project and account manager. 

Tara believes that growth and therapeutic processing do not always necessitate words, and is thus passionate about incorporating creative expression within the therapeutic space. Tara plays piano and harp, and has taken undergraduate classes in painting (oil and acrylic) and drama. Tara has completed graduate-level classes in Expressive Arts for Traumatized Children, Overview of Expressive Arts, Play Therapy and Adventure Therapy. She plans to continue to build her knowledge of creative arts within therapy via classes, conferences and self-exploration. She has an interest in Person-Centered, Acceptance and Commitment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models.