Maria Curran, M.Ed., Ph.D., LPC, is the founder and director of Center for Creativity and Healing, is a licensed professional counselor (master's level) and play/expressive arts therapist with over 21 years of 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 research focused on playback theatre and character 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 the past four years in the the Teacher Education program. Maria also facilitates workshops for counselors and educators both at CCH and on site. Her areas of expertise include creativity/personal growth, domestic violence, sexual trauma, child abuse and interpersonal relationships, parenting, character education and arts integration. Maria is currently completing her facilitator certification in the Open Studio Process and offers classes in OSP, visual journaling, the Artist's Way, and creative movement.
This is Maria's second year with CCS as the guidance counselor.