Emotional Support Animal Services, ESA Prescriptions and ESA Letters from America’s Leading Authority on ESA Letters
What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)? It is a dog or other common domestic animal that provides therapeutic benefits to its owner through companionship and affection. This animal acts as a secure base for their owners whose illness limits one or more major life activities.
With over 600 ESA Letters in the last year, Carla Black MFT is America’s leading authority on ESA letters for pet owners with the legitimate need to own and keep a support animal, and has been quoted on the growing need for ESAs in the New York Times.
Emotional Support Animals differ from psychiatric service animals, because they only require the same amount of training as a well-trained pet. In addition, the ESA has to be able to live peacefully with people without being a danger or nuisance. They are not to be confused with psychiatric service animals that require special training to perform specific tasks that help a person mitigate the effects of a mental illness, like turning on the lights for a person with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Emotional support animals have been proven extremely effective at ameliorating the symptoms of the following disabilities:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Social phobias (including, but not limited to, fear of flying)
- Panic Disorders
- Mood Disorders
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF AUGUST 1, 2014, MY RATE FOR THE ASSESSMENT AND ONE LETTER IS GOING FROM $99 TO $125.
For $99, I will provide you with a prescription letter that will allow you to have your emotional support animal accompany you on a plane in the main cabin. The prescription letter can also be used so that pets can reside in housing situations where pets normally aren’t allowed. If you need an additional letter the cost is $149 for both a prescription for housing and a prescription for flying. If you need a letter the same day as the assessment, or before the weekend, which is when I do my letters, there will be an additional fee of $50. If you have any additional forms for me to fill out the fee will be $20 – $50 depending on the length. If I have to fill out a document and have it notarized the fee will be $75. And finally, if you want me to make simple revisions on the letter, the fee is $20. However, if I made a mistake, obviously there will be no charge.
In addition, I REQUIRE A CREDIT CARD OR AN EMAIL ASSOCIATED WITH A PAYPAL ACCOUNT. IF YOU DO NOT CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE, YOU WILL STILL BE BILLED WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE KEPT YOUR APPOINTMENT. This is standard practice for therapists, as we could have scheduled someone else in your time slot, had we the had proper notice.
WHEN YOU PHONE ME, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, PLEASE TRY TO USE A LAND LINE, as it is often difficult to hear well from cell phones, and the messages are often garbled. Also, please try not to have your assessment while driving, for the same reason. I don’t want to miss valuable information, and be straining to hear you, when I should be focusing on the importance of what you are saying.
Please note that the free 15 minute consultation applies only to therapy clients.
Please do not contact me if you are doing this just to save money and seeking to avoid paying fees associated with your pets. My service is something I do to help people with genuine psychiatric issues.
For your own protection, please be aware of the fact that there are a lot of people on the internet who take your money under the guise of giving you certificates, badges, vests, etc., saying your dog is an emotional support animal. One such company has letters signed by a PhD in Education. That does not qualify him/her to provide ESA letters, and will not be valid for airline travel or housing. Only licensed mental health professionals and physicians are qualified to provide genuine and authentic ESA prescription letters. I take what I do very seriously and understand the value and benefits of ESA’s. My service is very personalized and geared to fit your individual needs. I don’t believe you can do that just filling out forms to get your letter of prescription.
Carla’s expertise in Emotional Support Animal Prescriptions was recently called upon for a NY Times article on the subject.
In Addition to the prescription letter, which is good for one year, you will receive free of charge:
- An hour of my time, via Skype or on the telephone, which normally costs $140.
- A clinical assessment consisting of administering and evaluating tests as well as taking a family history
I would be delighted to speak to you. Please give me a call at 310.578.6822
Even though I have provided you with as ESA prescription letter, this in no way guarantees that you will qualify as disabled. I cannot guarantee that a property manager or airline company will not violate the law by discriminating against you, despite possessing a valid letter of prescription.