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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, divorce coaching, 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.

Effective June 2024, Maria is now licensed in North and South Carolina.

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Maria's co-therapist & official office


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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Ashley Shaffer,


Ashley Shaffer, M.A. is a licensed mental health counseling associate in North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia in 2021. She has earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Savannah, Georgia in 2024. During her undergraduate degree, she maintained an internship at an adult forensic psychiatric hospital. During this internship, she helped to facilitate various groups for patients with severe psychiatric needs, including art therapy, music therapy, and occupational therapy. During her master’s degree, she maintained an internship at a children and adolescent residential psychiatric treatment center. During this internship, she conducted individual, family, and group therapies with high-risk youth experiencing severe behavioral issues.


Ashley’s therapeutic approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates other therapeutic approaches as appropriate for the client’s needs and goals. These modalities include Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Ashley has conducted therapy with individuals and families experiencing a wide range of issues including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, and custody arrangements. The primary clients she counseled ranged from 7 years old to 17 years old and often included their parents in sessions. She often collaborated with a treatment team consisting of doctors, nurses, social workers, and case managers to ensure an effective treatment experience. 

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Ridgely Chapman,
Counseling Intern


Ridgely Chapman is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina Charlotte who is pursuing a degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is also a psychoanalytic developmental psychologist from University College London who has worked with children, families, refugees, young adults, and adults over the past 20 years. While being able to work with clients across all mental health concerns, some of her specialty areas are play therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, trauma, identity development, life transitions, and grief and loss. She looks forward to collaborating with clients as they navigate inter and intrapersonal relationships. She believes in creating a safe space and a strong therapeutic relationship so clients can explore, work through, and grow from their personal experiences and struggles.

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Sophie Wells,
Art Therapy Intern


Sophie Wells is an undergraduate level student at Piedmont University in Georgia. She is a student-athlete studying Art Therapy and desires to continue this path into her graduate studies. During her academic career, she has developed a strong passion for using art as a therapeutic tool. Sophie is committed to helping individuals explore their emotions, express themselves creatively, and achieve personal growth through the power of art. She is also excited to learn and gain experience in providing support for clients, facilitating sessions, and promoting mental wellness through creative expression.

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