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CLINICIANS

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

Kelsey Cahill, 
M. Ed, LCMHCA

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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.

Lianna D'Orazio
MSW, SSW, LCSWA

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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 licensed 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.

Allie Kirvin,

MS. Ed.S, LCMHCA

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Allie Kirvin, MS. Ed.S, LCMHCA, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina, and she is also licensed in South Carolina for telehealth services. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in psychology, minoring in child welfare. Allie went on to earn her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and an Education Specialist's degree from Florida State University in 2022. Allie has completed additional training in behavioral therapy, and she has also completed 30 hours of continuing education on resist/refuse dynamic and overcoming parent-child contact problems from William James College.  Allie is also licensed in South Carolina to provide telehealth therapy services. 

 
During Allie’s internship, she worked with diverse populations struggling with anxiety, depression, familial issues, sexual identity issues, etc.  Her therapeutic approach integrative, incorporating different theories to allow for a unique and individualized therapy experience. Some of the approaches include person-centered therapy, emotion-focused therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as others. 
 
Allie uses interventions such as mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional regulation skills, among others, to aid clients in reaching their achievable goals. She understands that change happens through a supportive and welcoming therapeutic relationship.  

Carym
Arbulu Casas,

Mental Health Counseling Intern

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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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