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Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LCMHCS
Master's-Level Counselor 

Maria Curran, Phd.  Mental Health Counselor
Maria Curran, Phd.  Mental Health 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 29 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. Maria is also credentialed to provide telehealth services to South Carolina residents.

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 three and a half 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 and 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 two 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 served on the NC AFCC Chapter Steering Committee and is a current board member.

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Maria's co-therapist and official office greeter


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.

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Karli Ford,
Counseling Intern

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.

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Lianna D'Orazio,

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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.

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Anaya Davis,
Counseling Intern


Anaya Davis is a masters-level student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is studying clinical mental health counseling with a secondary concentration in play therapy. Anaya graduated from Winston-Salem State University, where she double majored in psychology and art with a minor in sociology. Anaya began her practicum at the Center for Creativity and Healing in January 2024.


During her undergraduate studies, Anaya worked with a cross-institutional research team funded by the National Science Foundation where she studied motivation and identity development. Anaya has also had experiences creating and implementing expressive arts programs with patients and families in a hospital setting. She has spent time working in the field of behavioral health, where she worked with children and teens diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. Her roles included supporting clients in learning developmentally appropriate tools to enhance social skills, managing behavior through targeted interventions, and promoting positive change for clients experiencing instability in the home environment. 


Anaya takes a person-centered, holistic approach, holding the belief that counseling should address the whole person to create effective change. Understanding the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and soul is imperative to promoting overall wellness. As ever-changing and growing people, we sometimes need additional support in our journeys to wellness and healing. Anaya believes that counseling is a tool for learning skills to supplement positive growth.

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