Mental Health Care for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
About once month I get a request for a letter for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). While I firmly believe in having a pet for emotional support, I have to admit I believe my patients probably know more about ESAs than I do. ESAs do not have the same protection as a service animal, but they can still provide many benefits. ESAs can add to a person's quality of life by helping calm someone's anxiety or soothing their depression. I typically have patients who own dogs or cats as ESAs. Typically my patients request letters of support for the owner's living environment (such as an apartment or dorm room) or for plane travel. There is training available for ESAs in San Antonio (for a cost) but not all owners go through formal training for their pet. As a dog and cat owner myself I totally understand the companionship pets can provide. I look forward to discussing ESAs each time! Pets are welcome in my clinic!