Teresa Currivan is a licensed marriage and family therapist (#MFC49707), parent coach and school therapist for the San Francisco Unified School district. She has previously worked at Fusion Academy High School in Walnut Creek and Big Minds Unschool, a K-8 school in Pinole, CA. She gives consultations and speaks to faculty at schools in the San Francisco Bay Area about twice-exceptionality and differently wired learners. She received her MA in Counseling Psychology using Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and completed post-graduate training at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA. She has used drama therapy with young children and talk therapy with parents and other caregivers in the community health setting.
Years ago, her own child was having difficulty in school both socially and academically. She became frustrated trying to figure out how to navigate the world of professionals and educators and was unable to find one person or place who could put all of the moving parts together. She was eventually able to figure out how to get to the bottom of things so that she could know accurately what was going on. Her son could be seen for the truly amazing person he is, not only as a label or pathology.
The Currivan Protocol™
Teresa supports parents as they figure out the best way to help their child and their family to get to the bottom of things more quickly, accurately, and in a cost-effective manner. Through her experience helping differently wired children over the years, she has learned that each differently tuned-in child comes with strengths and challenges in unique combinations. Out of this, she developed the Currivan Protocol™. It is a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan that identifies what can be treated, accepts challenges, and embraces strengths.
The Currivan Protocol™ Assessment Tool is currently being adapted for implementation in the public school setting.
The Right Place Learning Center
The Right Place Learning Center is where parents with differently tuned-in children can get the unique help they need. It offers services that are hard to find for your differently tuned-in child such as visual-spatial tutoring, parent support groups, webinars, and private coaching — specifically designed for differently tuned-in children and their families. The Right Place Learning Center is a safe space, where parents and children can come feel supported and connected through it all.
“I truly believe Teresa will be an invaluable resource in your efforts to help your child if you choose to contact her. She can explain the strategies for making home/school life much smoother and in turn everyone else. I really can’t overstate the importance of getting kind, compassionate, experienced, and professional insights that accurately pertain to your child’s developmental needs.” – Parent of 11-year-old
As a private coach, Teresa prides herself in being the go-to person for gifted, 2e and differently wired families. She enjoys getting to know the unique needs of each family so that when issues arise over the years, parents have a point person to rely on who understands their unique needs. She knows that usually, by the time parents find her, they are drained emotionally and financially. Her style of coaching is a humanist, heart-centered, strength-based approach that helps to find clarity as quickly as possible.
Teresa enjoys writing on topics related to being tuned-in differently and is the author of the book, My Differently Tuned-In Child: The Right Place for Strength-Based Solutions, and has been published on Mother.ly, Filter Free Parents, Hoagies Gifted Education Page, and GHF (Gifted Homeschoolers Forum), and has been a contributing author on their book, Perspectives on Giftedness, to be published in late 2021. She has connections to SF Bay Area schools, including Big Minds Unschool, The Academy of Thought and Industry, Fusion High School and the San Francisco Unified School District. She offers parent support groups and gives talks to teachers and parents on differently tuned-in learners.
Teresa is a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists,) East Bay CAMFT, and SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted). She has training in mindfulness and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
Teresa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. She looks forward to talking with you.