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Fraudulent Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Registries – what you need to know

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 […]

San Francisco State cancels issuing of ESA Letters from Student Health Services

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 […]

You Don’t Have To Leave Your Pet Home For The Holidays

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 […]

Emotional Support Animals ease Flying for Anxiety Sufferers

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 […]

Gun Control and Sandy Hook Elementary School

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 […]