About Us

Family Service Agency of Marin provides affordable and accessible behavioral and mental health services to children, adults and families.  Through every stage of life from pregnancy and childhood to adolescence, adulthood and into the elder years, FSA therapists, counselors and advocates help in times of crisis and transition.  FSA has Marin County’s most comprehensive child and family trauma services and also specializes in addiction recovery services. FSA also operates the county’s only 24/7 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline. Our goal is to strengthen individuals of all ages, and families of all cultures.

Family Service Agency of Marin, through counseling, education and advocacy, strengthens the many forms of family life, promotes the health and self sufficiency of family members of all ages and cultures, and champions freedom from abuse, violence and poverty.


The organization began in 1943 as a USO-Traveler’s Aid Unit created to meet the emergency needs of the thousands of war workers in the Marin City shipyards during World War II. After the war, in 1945, it became Family Service Agency of Marin, and in 1954, responding to community needs, the agency developed a professionally-staffed family counseling organization.

In 1967, FSA founded the Institute of the Family, providing research, studies and education to therapists learning the new skills emerging from the family therapy movement. FSA continues its tradition of high-quality training with one of the most comprehensive training programs for clinical counseling in the Bay Area.

In the 1960′s, FSA became one of the first agencies in the United States to provide family therapy and throughout the 1970’s expanded services to include individual and group therapy for family issues like divorce, single parenting and career counseling.

Today, FSA works hard to ensure its services are culturally relevant, highly effective and affordable for all income levels. Through a series of earlier strategic mergers, FSA merged with the Childhood Trauma Program, Pregnancy and Early Parenting Center, and Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling. In March 2012, FSA became a division of Buckelew Programs to increase its capacity to serve the broader community with mental health, addiction and trauma services that offer full access to integrated medical, social and mental health services. 

Annual Reports:   2015;  2014;  2013;  2012;  201120102009.


Tamara Player, MSW
Chief Executive Officer, Buckelew Programs
415 457-6966 x401, tamarap@buckelew.org

James Messing, JD, PhD
Senior Director
415 526-0403, jamesm@buckelew.org

Sarah Chapman, MFT
Counseling Services Program Director
415 491-5708, schapman@fsamarin.org

Robin Furner, MFT
Clinical Administrator
415 491-5713, rfurner@fsamarin.org

Melanie Lopes, MFT
Director, Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling
415 499-1193 ext 3001, mlopes@fsamarin.org

Lupe Betancourt
Billing Manager
415 491-5714, lbetancour@fsamarin.org

Michael Grogan, PhD
Director Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center
415 499-3750, director@prandicenter.org

Meredith McGarvey, MFT
TeenScreen Coordinator
415 491-5700 x 2097, mmcgarvey@fsamarin.org

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