Does Having a Pet Reduce Stress?

Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat sit on their lap can attest that there's something automatic about wanting to pet them. Stroking a pet's fur and feeling their warmth brings feelings of comfort. It's no wonder that 98% of American households have one or more pets in their home. According to the [...]

By |2022-04-11T06:50:17+00:00|Mental Health|0 Comments

How Dogs Can Help People with Autism

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 54 children in America are diagnosed with autism. Most children are diagnosed with autism around four, though some are diagnosed as early as age 2. As these children grow up, transitioning from a school environment into adulthood can be challenging, as services for adults [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:18+00:00|Mental Health|0 Comments

Can an LMFT write an ESA Letter?

Any pet owner understands the feeling of warmth when a dog greets them at the end of a hard day. For some, however, that feeling is more than “pet love”—it's part of a healing process due to a mental or emotional disorder, in which case the pet could be defined as an emotional support animal [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:21+00:00|Mental Health|0 Comments

Can an LCSW write an ESA letter?

An emotional support animal (ESA) can bring much-needed comfort to individuals with mental health disorders. To qualify for an ESA a licensed medical health professional must attest in an ESA letter that their patient benefits from having an ESA. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) can indeed make this decision and write an ESA letter. [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:27+00:00|Mental Health|4 Comments

Emotional Support Animals for Bipolar Disorder

How do Emotional Support Animals benefit people with bipolar disorder? Animals are quick at recognizing emotional changes in human beings. Emotional Support Animals (ESA) provide ease and companionship during times of distress. They can also encourage handlers with bipolar disorder to interact with the outside world, which provides further opportunities to socialize and engage in [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:39+00:00|Mental Health|0 Comments

Emotional Support Animals: Helping to Heal Mental Health Issues

Studies show that Emotional Support Animals can provide a comforting presence to handlers that suffer from a variety of mental health issues. As knowledge regarding the benefits of using ESAs grows, therapists may become more likely to recommend an Emotional Support Animal to patients who suffer from; AnxietyDepressionPTSDAutismAgoraphobia (fear of being outside of the home)Aerophobia (fear [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:41+00:00|Mental Health|0 Comments
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