From Maesk Counseling in Fort Lauderdale - Emotional Support Animal Evaluation

An Emotional Support Animal (E.S.A.) can help with a variety of psychological issues, and can provide a source of comfort and grounding.  Most typically, though not always, Emotional Support Animals are dogs or cats.

Registering your pet as an Emotional Support Animal on a website will NOT afford you any protections.  In order to be qualify for an Emotional Support Animal, you must be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional.

There are two main benefits of having an Emotional Support Animal.  The first is that under The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, you are allowed to have the animal fly with you in the airplane’s cabin.  The pet must be able to fit on your lap or under the seat in front of you.  The airline is also prohibited from charging you extra for your Emotional Support Animal.

The second is that under The Fair Housing Act of 1988, those who have an Emotional Support Animal can still qualify for housing, primarily an apartment or condo, that has a “no pets” rule. This extends to all types of limits imposed on housing, such as housing that sets a “certain size” or “breed-specific” types of limits.

Maesk Group Counseling can provide you with an Emotional Support Animal Prescription Letter for either air travel, housing or both.  The process is simple and straightforward.

First, you simply call or email Maesk Group Counseling to schedule an evaluation.  In some cases, evaluations can be done by phone or video conference as long as your primary residence is within the state of Florida.

Second, you will meet with Doug Maesk, LMHC, either in person or via the alternate methods just described, who will conduct a thorough diagnostic assessment.  This is designed to assess your symptoms, gather history,  and determine if you meet the criteria for a mental or emotional disability recognized by the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) Examples of a qualifying disability are depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, etc.  The assessment will also determine if an Emotional Support Animal helps to mitigate your symptoms.  

Finally, you will be presented with a Prescription Letter for your Emotional Support Animal which you can present to an airline or homeowner’s association/condo board.

Get started today - and bring your pet in with you!  Call Maesk Group Counseling at 954-353-4680 to schedule your Emotional Support Animal Evaluation.