I offer assessments to clients who need Emotional Support Animal Letters. This letter needs to be written by a licensed mental health practitioner. This allows for renters to request for a waiver of a “no-pets policy”. It also allows travellers to fly or aircrafts with their emotional support animal.

In order for me to conduct the ESA assessment you will need the following:

A letter from your diagnosing mental health professional stating your diagnosis and that an ESA assessment is approved as adjunct to your current treatment.
OR
A phone call from your diagnosing mental health professional stating your diagnosis and that an ESA assessment is approved as adjunct to your current treatment.

Please email cheryl@cherylleong.com to set up as ESA assessment.

There has been evidence to show that having a relationship to a pet can help an individual cope with mental health symptoms like low mood, anxiety, trauma related memories etc. I have worked with many clients who have depended on their pets for emotional support and involve them in the psychotherapy process. Many have reported symptom reduction as a result of owning a pet.

“An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal which provides therapeutic benefit, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of the disability, to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability. Emotional support animals are typically dogs and cats, but may include other animals. In order to be prescribed an emotional support animal by a physician or other medical professional, the person seeking such an animal must have a verifiable disability. To be afforded protection under United States federal law, a person must meet the federal definition of disability and must have a note from a physician or other medical professional stating that the person has that disability and that the emotional support animal provides a benefit for the individual with the disability. An animal does not need specific training to become an emotional support animal.” (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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