Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LCMHCS
Maria's co-therapist and official office greeter
M. Ed, LCMHCA
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.
Karli Ford is a counseling student intern, currently working towards her master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Wake Forest University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in criminal justice, from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is an active member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor’s Society. She began her practicum at The Center for Creativity and Healing in May 2023.
Karli has a background in behavioral therapy, as well as crisis and trauma-related interventions. In the past, she has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for a local Applied Behavior Analysis therapy center. Here, she spent her time working one-on-one with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She also has experience working in the hospital setting as a Psychiatric Technician with adults of all ages. With a person-centered theoretical background, she believes strongly that the counseling relationship is the most effective vehicle for change. Karli is available to provide a complimentary 30 minute initial consultation or "meet and greet". She is currently building up her caseload and is happily accepting new clients at a reduced rate.
MSW, SSW, LCSWA
Lianna D’Orazio, MSW, SSW, LCSWA is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, earning a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a Women and Gender Studies minor in May 2019, as well as obtaining a Master'sof Social Work in May 2021. During her two-year graduate program, Lianna interned with a non-profit and an elementary school. Both of these internships were trauma-focused; ranging from domestic
violence, sexual assault and/or human trafficking victims as well as high-risk/low-income families experiencing chronic homelessness within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Working in the school system allowed her to obtain her North Carolina Professional Educator’s License from the North Carolina Board of Education in July 2022. Lianna is also credentialed to provide telehealth services in South Carolina.
Lianna’s therapeutic approach utilizes various forms of therapy, depending on the client and their personal history. Some modalities include person-centered therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Lianna has worked with individuals and families that have experienced trauma, anxiety and depression and individuals ranging from 4 to 15 years old. When assisting families, she primarily worked with the head of household. She has collaborated with social workers, parents, school staff and other mental health professionals as she provided case management and additional support for her clients.