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Melissa Foster, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Art Therapist

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers, Ph.D.



I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist in San Francisco working with adults, couples, and adolescents. 


We all feel stuck and overwhelmed at times.  Seeking support is a sign of courage and strength. My collaborative approach to therapy involves creating a safe space for exploration to help resolve symptoms and gain awareness of patterns to promote positive change. I help people access inner resources, which enables them to connect with their innate qualities of growth, calm, clarity and confidence. This often results in increased flexibility, well being, and improved relationships.

"All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth..."

-Abraham Maslow, Ph.D.


Attendance and Length of Session:

Therapy sessions are usually once a week for 50-55 minutes. Therapy tends to work best when you attend consistently.



My fee for service is $200 per individual session and $225 per couple/family session. Payments are made at each session by check, cash, or credit card. I provide monthly bills that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.


I am not on any insurance panels.  However, if you have PPO health insurance, you may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of the fees. Check your coverage by calling the number on the back of your card and asking if you are eligible for reimbursement by out of network providers.   I can supply a summary of services or "super bill" to provide to you insurance carrier. 

The No Surprises Act and Good Faith Estimates:

The No Surprises Act was designed to protect consumers from receiving unexpected medical bills from out of network providers.  Under the provisions of this act, you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers must give their clients who do not have insurance or who are not using their insurance, an estimate of the bill for their treatment, 

  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services.  This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.

  • If you received a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. 

  • Please be sure to save a copy of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit



If you need to cancel an appointment, I request 24 hours notice  If an appointment is missed without giving 24 hours notice, the client is responsible for full payment of the missed session.

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