Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LPCS
Masters Level Counselor
Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LPCS, founder and director of TCCH, is a licensed professional 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.
Melissa Lloyd, Intern
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. This conference included the following seminars: “Ecosystemic Play Therapy for Children with Attachment Related Difficulties,” “Creative Interventions for the Challenging Child,” and “The Parallel Process of Treating Trauma in the Playroom.”
She has also attended the following workshops at the 2018 Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City: “Coping Skills Toolbox for Managing the Symptoms of Trauma,” “Sandtray for Treating Trauma, Anxiety, & Depression,” and “DBT-Informed Art Therapy.” Melissa is also a current member of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts.
Upon finishing her internship and graduation in May 2020, she will be pursuing the requirements needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. As a counselor-in-training, Melissa is now accepting new clients at a low rate at The Center for Creativity and Healing.