Emotional Support Animals & Covid-19 The world can be a stressful place and the worries of everyday life can be overwhelming. In unusual times like these, those worries are only amplified. To cope with these feelings, people often turn to pets as a source of comfort. But an Emotional Support Animal, or an […]
Volume 16 Issue 2 of The Caster News had an article entitled “L.A’s Top Ten Therapists”. Carla Black MFT is featured in that article as “The Therapist Who Has Your Back”. A quote from the article says: Enter Carla Black, MFT, MA, ATR, a stunning and compassionate psychotherapist whose passion for what she does is only equaled […]
by KATU News Thursday, April 19th 2018 SEATTLE, Wash. – Alaska Airlines announced a new policy for travelers flying with emotional support and psychiatric service animals Thursday.
After a tough year dealing with false reports from the media about the therapy services she provides , Carla Black MFT sat down to write this very difficult response to the negative attention she and her mental health clients have faced. Carla Black MFT assesses mental health patients to determine whether they may benefit from an […]
More individuals are gaining access to the mental health care they need thanks to dramatically increased access to health insurance that covers mental health care in the US. With that increase, we’ve seen a corresponding increase in individual’s utilization of Emotional Support Animals to provide companionship at home while they pursue counseling and therapy to […]
A new policy began this semester (Spring 2017) at San Francisco State that prevents Student Health Services therapists and doctors from writing letters of support for students in need of emotional support animals. Doctors are still allowed to prescribe psychotropic medication, just not animals. The new policy will refer students to off-campus health care when […]
Anxiety disorders are among the largest growing demographics of therapy seekers in the United States. What is often overlooked is the difficulty anxiety sufferers face in seeking out, beginning, and sticking with treatment.
On multiple occasions, I have heard people declare that their animal is their soul mate. This might seem really strange to a lot of people, however, there are many people who do not get their needs met by other humans. As I psychotherapist, I have treated many people who have been so hurt by […]
Have you ever traveled on a plane and wished you had your living, supportive therapy tool with you for support? I have spoken to countless people who feel so much more comforted having their ESA with them. I recently spoke to a woman who had a dying relative and was anxious and depressed because she had to travel […]
Do you know anyone who functions better when they have the support of someone else around? What if that someone else was an animal? It could be a dog, cat, bird, lizard, or whoever helps to make one feel more secure when they’re out in the world.
Mother’s Day Blues So much has been written about the complexity of the mother daughter relationship. Generally, it’s from the perspective of the daughter who never got her needs met from her mother. But what about the mother whose daughter seemed oppositional from the time she came out of the womb? In fact she was […]
I have spoken to many women who have been riveted to the Jodi Arias trial. Not since the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, have so many people opened their eyes to domestic violence.
I’ve been thinking a lot about love addiction lately, perhaps it’s because of my fascination with the Jodi Arias trial. Arias slaughtered her former boyfriend because of what I believe is an extreme case of love addiction.
For years we have been debating the pros and cons of gun control. However, it wasn’t until the horror of imagining what those poor, innocent children’s last terrifying moments were like, have we taken it this seriously. Child and Family Therapy This is an extremely complicated issue and there are no easy answers. Do we […]
I have seen many young women in my practice who have had one major goal their entire lives. That goal is to get married. The goal is so strong that it not only overrides the ability to think rationally, but it blinds them to how unsuitable their partner might be. Being a bride is so […]