Are you suffering from an emotional or mental disability? Do you think an emotional support animal may be the answer for you? You are not alone. More and more people are realizing the comforting effects a furry (or feathery/scaly) companion can bring. However, there’s more to getting an ESA than just calling your current pet one. If you are ready to make your pet an official ESA, you will need to understand the following:
- Figuring out who can write ESA Letter (sometimes mistakenly called an ESA Prescription) and general ESA Letter requirements
- If you can see a therapist face-to-face or seek support online
- What services to use and how to find a legitimate ESA organization
The Standard Face-to-Face Therapist
In order to be eligible for an emotional support animal, you must first be diagnosed with a mental or emotional condition as stated by the American Disabilities Act (ADA). This can be done by a professional therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.
Seeking Support from an Online ESA Site
There are many online sources that you can use to obtain an ESA letter; however, these are not all created equal. ESA Doctors provides support and information for you and your ESA. Some just provide a paper document with no backing. Do your research to find those that truly want to help you.
Generally, you will have you fill out a questionnaire that can take up to 15 minutes to complete so your therapist can gauge where your issues lie. You will then make the payment for the service and your form will be reviewed by a certified licensed mental health professional. The LMHP should contact you directly with next steps. They may schedule a call to speak with you, if they find it necessary. If you qualify for an ESA, they will provide you with the proper ESA letter via mail or email.