Teresa Currivan is a licensed marriage and family therapist (#MFC49707), parent coach and past school therapist. 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. She has also supported mothers with addictions in the community mental health setting.
She is the mother of a child who was having difficulty in school both socially and academically. The one thing she wished she had from the beginning of her own journey was a person to help oversee all that she needed to figure out for her son: how to navigate the world of professionals and educators, to help her get to the bottom of things more quickly, (and less expensively,) so that he could be seen for the truly amazing person he is, not only a label or pathology. She eventually learned how to discern what her son’s learning style is, why that is important, and how to weed through all of the advice in order to get him what he needed so that he could thrive emotionally and academically.
As parent coach, Teresa guides parents through a process, including referrals to appropriate professionals as needed, discussions of outcomes of assessments and services, emotional support, and overall seeing them through to a positive outcome for their family and children.
“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 all the pitfalls of working with the school district and 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.” – Father of 11-year-old
After she found a good educational fit for her son, she was grateful to have found her way through the next hurdle: discovering her gifted family’s dynamics and how to navigate those rough and life-filled waters. This was surprisingly an essential part of her family’s stability and her son’s continued growth to health. She continues to learn from her own experiences, as well as from the journeys of other families with similar stories.
She prides herself on being the go-to person for gifted and 2e families. She enjoys getting to know the unique needs of each gifted 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 gets to the root of things as quickly as possible.
Teresa enjoys writing on topics related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality and has been published on Mother.ly, Filter Free Parents, GHF (Gifted Homeschoolers Forum) and Hoagies Education Page. She is currently the parent support specialist Big Minds Unschool, a K-8 school for twice-exceptional learners. She offers parent support groups here, and in her private practice.
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), also known as tapping).
Teresa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. She looks forward to talking with you.
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