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 27 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.  In addition she has a certificate in Child and Family Forensic Studies and a certificate in Open Studio Process Facilitation.

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/reconnection therapy, filial therapy, divorce/blended families, adoption and expressive arts/arts integration.  She also provides consulting for mental health professionals and family law attorneys.

Maria offers classes in OSP, visual journaling, stress and anxiety management.   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.  Maria also serves on the NC AFCC Chapter Steering Committee.

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.

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. She has completed in-depth specialized training on working with the resist/refuse dynamic through the nationally recognized program "Overcoming Barriers" and William James College.  Alexxis is now accepting new clients. 


Alexxis has a special interest in working with families who are separating/divorcing and providing co-parenting education and support .  She also counsels clients ages 3+ that are coping with 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, court-involved therapy, working with families, self-regulation, expressive arts interventions, mindfulness-based approaches, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She learned that personal growth is different for everyone and will meet you where you are on your journey. 


Mental Health Counseling Intern

Tara Muma, CMHC Intern is a graduate student at Antioch University, and anticipates graduating August, 2022. Tara is building her caseload and happily accepting new clients at a reduced rate.


Tara has been with The Center for Creativity and Healing since fall 2021. Tara also facilitates 12-week online parent support groups for Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). Tara is a musician (piano and harp) and has taken classes in the areas of expressive arts therapy, expressive arts interventions for traumatized children, play therapy, adventure therapy, drama, oil + acrylic painting, and charcoal drawing. Tara believes in embracing a multi-cultural mindset within the therapeutic space.


Tara attended the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) conference in January 2022, with workshops such as anxiety and expressive arts, COVID and self-expression via online therapy, tai chi as therapy, and using arts with refugees and immigrants. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), and IEATA. Tara has an interest in Person-Centered, Acceptance and Commitment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, all applied within an Expressive Arts focus.

Ashley Hudgens,
Mental Health Counseling Intern

Ashley Hudgens, CMHC intern is currently a graduate student in the Clinical
Mental Health Counseling program at Wake Forest University and will be completing
her practicum and internships at The Center for Creativity and Healing beginning in
January of 2022. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Creativity in Counseling. She has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness within the counseling practice,
anxiety/stress management interventions, and assisted animal therapy. She is eager to
begin working with clients and grow within the field.

Arbulu Casas,

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Carym Arbulu Casas, CMHC intern is currently studying at Wake Forest University. She is a graduate student for the Clinical Mental Health counseling program and started her practicum at The Center for Creativity and Healing in May 2022. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of of North Carolina at Charlotte and is an active member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society. 


She fluently speaks both English and Spanish and believes in facilitating an open and multicultural environment for clients to explore themselves and their needs. Her background in behavioral therapy with kids on the autism spectrum stems from her two-year tenure as a Registered Behavioral Technician in the ABA field. She values the use of writing as a tool for expression within the counseling practice. She is currently building up her caseload and is happily accepting new clients at a reduced rate. 



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