Teresa Currivan is a licensed marriage and family therapist and parent coach. She works with parents whose children are struggling in school, because they are highly creative, highly sensitive, or who are exceptional.
As a parent coach, Teresa guides parents through a process that includes referrals to appropriate professionals, discussions of outcomes of assessments and services, emotional support, and overall seeing them through to a positive outcome for their family and children. She enjoys helping parents understand and get through difficulties with their child, and prides herself on being a go-to person for gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) families. Parents benefit from Teresa’s work, because they come to understand their children and themselves from a strength-based approach. For those who cannot afford coaching or therapy, Teresa offers a sliding scale.
Teresa actively shares her knowledge, giving talks about twice-exceptionality to faculty at San Francisco Bay Area schools, and has educated therapists on the topic. She offers free support groups to parents of gifted and 2e children. Her writing on giftedness and twice-exceptionality can be found online including on Mother.ly, Filter Free Parents, GHF (Gifted Homeschoolers Forum) and Hoagies Gifted Education Page.
Teresa appreciates referrals from schools, parent groups, doctors’ offices, psychological testing centers, or anyone who sees an outlier child struggling in school.
As a recent member of Mt. Diablo Business Women, Teresa has quickly become active in the group, joining the board of directors as hospitality co-chair. She says she enjoys the supportive atmosphere gained from meeting other businesswomen.
When not working with families, Teresa enjoys hiking, yoga, and parenting her teenage son.
Families seeking a nanny immediately feel welcome when meeting Joy and experiencing her energy, warmth, and friendly smile. Her business, Nannies Plus, is a nanny placement agency dedicated to creating authentic, impactful family teams. The company is committed to crafting long-term relationships between families and nannies to help children flourish, parents to feel assured and supported, and nannies to feel empowered and trusted.
Joy is an excellent connector, and is always thinking of others. She is outspoken about the need for nannies to secure legal, livable wage jobs, and educates families on what it means to be great domestic employers.
Good referral sources for Joy are new and expecting parents, pediatrician OBGYNs, family practice physicians, midwives, birthing teachers and coaches, birth doulas, postpartum doulas, newborn care specialists, lactation consultants, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, prenatal yoga instructors, online influencers in the parenting and birth community, personal assistants, executive assistants, housekeepers, dog walkers, and house sitters.
Joy says that being a MDBW member is fun and has helped her to grow as a member of the business community by forging great relationships with women who are warm and genuinely care about her and the success of her business. Joy is the program director on MDBW’s board of directors.
In addition to running her business and being active with MDBW, Joy also runs a Meetup networking group with 850+ members called Unwind East Bay Women Entrepreneurs. She also leads the Alameda Sing-A-Long and Circle Time with Miss Joy for the little ones, and has a free YouTube web series called Miss Joy and Friends.
When not working, Joy loves to go to concerts, the theater and to sing karaoke. She likes to spend time with family and friends, organize community events, and power walk around her Oakland neighborhood.