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 24 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 LPC 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.
MS Ed., NCC, LCMHCA
Heather Fangman, MS Ed., NCC, LCMHCA, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and Nationally Certified Counselor. She graduated from Miami University with a BA in psychology and completed her masters degree in community counseling at Youngstown State University. Heather has experience providing individual and group counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults around issues including abuse and neglect, depression and anxiety, postpartum depression, high conflict divorce and reunification therapy, difficult relationships and parenting concerns.
Heather has a special interest in play therapy, perinatal mood disorders and trauma, high conflict divorce, and reunification therapy. Her orientation is cognitive behavioral and person centered, but she integrates mindfulness and expressive arts techniques into her work.
In addition to private practice and community mental health, Heather has experience in community based social work, therapeutic foster care case management, academic coaching, and childbirth education. She trained as a birth doula with Penny Simkin at the Seattle Midwifery School.
Melissa Lloyd is the current intern at The Center for Creativity and Healing. After finishing her time as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and teaching high school for 5 years at a public and charter school, Melissa is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University, where she began the program in 2017. WFU’s Counseling Program has been developed under The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) guidelines and standards and Melissa conducts services under both Dr. Curran and a WFU supervisor.
Melissa has attended 2018 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.
Upon finishing her internship and graduation in May 2020, she will be pursuing the requirements needed to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. As a counselor-in-training, Melissa accepts new clients at a low rate at The Center for Creativity and Healing.