WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL LETTER?
Before diving into the benefits of an ESA, let’s quickly cover what an ESA letter is. An ESA letter is a document that is written by a licensed mental health professional to give certain merits. The document goes into detail in stating why the pet is considered an emotional support animal for the owner. Prior to a pet becoming an emotional support animal, a person should work with a licensed mental health professional to establish the relationship.
Emotional support animals have different rights than pets. As an example, an emotional support animal is able to live with their owner in the home. This right is protected under a housing act and in addition can serve to provide emotional support to the owner. Such as a person who struggles with depression feeling relaxed while with their pet.
DO EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL REQUIRE SPECIAL TRAINING?
The technical answer is no. Emotional support animals differ from service animals. Common service animals are seen in the community and in movies. Such as a service animal for the hearing impaired or persons that struggle with seizures. Service animals take on trainings that emotional support animals do not.
With this in mind, it is still important for emotional support animals to undergo training. Such as being able to behave or follow the owner’s commands. Training your emotional support animal can come in handy during situations like that of being on airplane.
HOW DOES A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH ESA LETTERS?
An ESA Letter has certain rules that it is regulated by.
One of the rules is that it must be written by a licensed mental health professional. Santos Counseling PLLC, Is Greensboro Counseling practice that helps people with ESA Letters. Our Greensboro counselor, Melissa is able to work with you in the process of the ESA letter.
When working to get your ESA letter, it is important to pay attention to what is happening online. There are many options that allow you to purchase an ESA letter. If the letter is not from a licensed mental health professional and not effectively written than it may not hold weight.
ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR ESA LETTER?
People often seek ESA letters do to help them with living arrangments or flying on a plane. At times certain places, like apartments may have a rule that you are not allowed to have a pet. Without the ESA Letter, it can be extremely difficult to live with your pet. ESA Letters can help.
WHEN SHOULD A PERSON SEEK AN ESA LETTER?
Emotional support animals differ from a pet or a service animal.
If you feel that your pet provides you with emotional support then you may be a good fit for an ESA Letter. A person with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, can share that they struggle with the following emotional challenges:
- Negative thoughts.
- Problems focusing and concentrating.
- Worrying too much.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Feeling anxious.
The symptoms listed above create negative challenges in the persons life. Having their pet provides comfort and eases the stress or challenges that comes from the symptoms.
If you feel that your pet is supportive then you may qualify for an ESA letter. There are certain steps that should be taken and areas that should be considered. First, one must acknowledge that seeking an ESA letter is not a guaranteed process. Seeking an ESA letter directly means that you are experiencing emotional and life challenges that highlight a certain diagnosis. Such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Major depressive Disorder.
The ESA letter should be a process that a person takes on with a counselor versus a one stop shop. The process includes working with a counselor to develop a clinically strong evaluation that can be used for the ESA letter.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO GETTING AN ESA LETTER?
Working with Melissa at Santos Counseling PLLC, can provide a comfortable space allowing you to build a relationship and work to get the ESA letter. During the counseling process, Melissa works to develop an evaluation that is written specifically for the ESA letter.
During the counseling process, you will receive a ESA letter written on a professional letterhead, signed, and dated. Your counselor will provide details in the ESA letter that provide credibility. This includes the counselor’s licensure information and educational background.
The ESA Letter will cover recommendations, a mental health diagnosis, information connected to your background, medical history, emotional challenges, and how your pet provides support in your life.